-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