April 5 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 29-19-14 all-time against Minnesota, a record that includes a home mark of 16-9-6. The Kings swept the season series for the second time since the Wild joined the NHL for the 2000-01 season (also 2008-09; 4-0-0). 12 of the last 26 games between the teams have been decided in overtime or a shootout.

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 24-18-7 against the Western Conference, 11-7-2 against the Pacific Division, 14-11-8 in one-goal games, 25-3-4 when scoring first, 12-20-4 when trailing after the first period, 27-2-1 when leading after the second period, 26-12-3 when out-shooting their opponent and 11-8 in games that extend past regulation.

-The Kings won their league-leading 12th game when trailing at the end of the first period, the most in franchise history (previously 11 in 2016-17) and tied for the 15th most all-time.

-Dustin Brown (4-0=4) registered his fourth career hat-trick (last: Feb. 25, 2012 vs. Chicago) and scored four goals in a game for the first time in his NHL career. He also recorded his 61st point, surpassing his career-high in points (60, 2007-08). With both Anze Kopitar (March 22, 2018) and Dustin Brown (tonight) recording four goals in a single game this season, it is the fifth time in franchise history that two players have registered four-goal games in the same season (last: 1983-84, Brian MacLellan and Bernie Nicholls). Prior to Kopitar’s four-goal game at Colorado on March 23, the previous four-goal game by a King was Luc Robitaille’s on November 25, 1993 at Quebec. Those to have posted four-goal games as a King: Marcel Dionne (x3), Bernie Nicholls (x2), Mike Murphy (x2), Robitaille (x2), Jimmy Carson, Brian MacLellan, Ian Turnbull, Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer, Syl Apps, Jr., Butch Goring, Serge Bernier, Kopitar and Brown.

– Brown’s hat trick was the 191st regular season hat trick in club history and his fourth career hat trick (also 12/11/08 at STL, 4/1/10 vs VAN, 2/25/12 vs CHI). It was the fourth hat trick this season after Adrian Kempe’s hat trick on October 18 versus Montreal, Anze Kopitar’s hat trick on March 22 at Colorado and Jeff Carter’s hat trick on March 29 versus Arizona. The Kings have recorded hat tricks on three consecutive Thursdays.

-Drew Doughty (0-1=1) reached the 50-assist plateau for the first time in his career. He is the fourth Kings defenseman to reach 50 assists and first since Lubomir Visnovsky did it in 2005-06. It is tied for the second most assists in a single season by Kings defenseman (third time, along with Visnovsky and Steve Duchesne in 1988-89). The most assists in a single season by a Kings defenseman is 60, registered by Larry Murphy in 1980-81. He appeared in his 327th consecutive game. The club record is 330, set by Anze Kopitar from March 21, 2007 to March 26, 2011.

-Los Angeles improved to 9-7 in games decided in overtime in 2017-18. Since the switch to a three-on-three overtime format in 2015-16, they are 33-14 in overtime. Their 33 wins and .702 winning percentage lead the league, followed by Calgary’s 25 wins and .694 winning percentage.

– Tanner Pearson (0-2=2) recorded his sixth multi-point game of the season and reached the 40-point plateau for the second time in his career (24-20=44 last season).

-Daniel Brickley (0-1=1) registered an assist in his first-career NHL game. Over 10:48 in his NHL debut, he was credited with one assist, a +1 rating, one hit, one blocked shot and one shot attempt, which was blocked.

-Christian Folin (0-2=2) recorded his second multi-point game of the season. He has surpassed his career-high this season in goals, assists and points (3-10=13)

-Anze Kopitar (0-1=1) extended his career-high in assists (57) and points (92).

-The Kings attempted 61 shots (28 on goal, 18 blocked, 15 missed). The Wild attempted 52 shots (27 on goal, 13 blocked, 12 missed). Dustin Brown led all skaters with seven shots on goal.

-Los Angeles won 41-of-69 faceoffs (59%). Adrian Kempe won 2-of-9, Anze Kopitar won 19-of-28, Trevor Lewis won 1-of-1, Dustin Brown won 1-of-1, Nate Thompson won 1-of-2, Michael Amadio won 4-of-7 and Jeff Carter won 13-of-21.

Friday, April 6 is an off-day for the team. The Kings are scheduled to report to Toyota Sports Center at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 in advance of their game against the Dallas Stars.

-Lead photo via Juan Ocampo

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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.