Waking up with the Kings: February 11 - LA Kings Insider

Last night the Kings played a solid road-game, had a dominant third period but fell short against the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing 4-3. In some sense the game provided some optimism because the Kings battled back from down 4-1 – and also down a forward because Dustin Brown received a five minute major and game misconduct for a kneeing penalty to Mikhail Sergachev in the second period – to get super close to tying it up. They also fired a season-high 47 shots on goal. But on the other hand the team did indeed go down by three goals against a quick and opportunistic Lightning team. That’s a group that makes the opposition pay if they have time and space. There’s a reason why they have the most points in the NHL. Overall, it was a strange postgame in the sense that it was a loss that didn’t feel like a loss but more like the team at least got a point even though it didn’t. Players and Coach John Stevens were upset but they seemed to be OK with their effort. That third period felt like a real ‘empty the tank’ situation.

The line of Nick Shore, Andy Andreoff and Jonny Brodzinski again provided major contributions. They scored another goal and had five points between them. That trio has provided some solid secondary scoring for the group of late. Anze Kopitar played a total of 18:23 the last two periods and seemed to control the pace of the game in the third especially. His game may be remembered for Andrei Vasilevskiy’s backhanded glove save on his first period chance, but Kopitar – at least in my opinion – was the best position player on the ice for both teams. Jonathan Quick has been excellent for the Kings in their last two games. After Darcy Kuemper was pulled, Quick helped give LA a chance by making 13 saves on 14 shots on goal. In his last two games, Quick has a .960 save percentage. The team’s starts have been an issue all year – the Kings have scored twice as many goals in the third period as they have in the first – but at least this lends to them never being out of a game. Lastly, the Kings have been incredible in drawing up those last-second offensive zone plays off faceoffs. They almost got another goal with time running out in this one — like their win in Boston earlier in the year.

Lead photo via Mike Carlson/Getty Images

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.