April 11 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 0-1 all-time against Vegas in the playoffs, a record that includes a road mark of 0-1. The Kings fell to 111-141 all-time in the playoffs and 49-83 on the road.

-Los Angeles fell to 19-30 all-time in Game 1s. When losing Game 1, they have won 8 of 29 series. Since returning to the playoffs in 2010, the Kings are 3-4 in series when losing Game 1. (W: 2013 STL, 2014 SJS, 2014 CHI; L: 2010 VAN, 2011 SJS, 2013 CHI, 2016 SJS). Los Angeles has not won a Game 1 on the road since the 2014 Anaheim series. Teams that take a 1-0 lead at home in a best-of-seven series hold an all-time series record of 321-104 (75.5%), via Elias Sports Bureau.

-In Game 1, Vegas led for 56:37 and the teams were tied for 3:23.

-The two teams were credited with a combined 127 hits (Kings-68, Golden Knights-59). William Carrier led all skaters with 10 hits over a span of 8:49. Adrian Kempe, Trevor Lewis and Alec Martinez were credited with seven hits for Los Angeles. The only players on the two teams who were not credited with a hit were Kyle Clifford, Jon Merrill, Nate Schmidt and Tomas Nosek.

-The Kings blocked 22 shots, led by Drew Doughty’s game-high six. All Los Angeles defensemen were credited with at least one blocked shot.

-Five Kings made their NHL playoff debuts: Oscar Fantenberg (19:29 TOI, 1 SOG, 6 shot attempts, 6 hits, 2 blocked shots), Adrian Kempe (12:55 TOI, 2 SOG, 4 shot attempts, 7 hits), Tobias Rieder (14:24 TOI, 1 SOG, 1 shot attempt, 3 hits, 1 blocked shot), Alex Iafallo (10:18 TOI, 0 shot attempts, 4 hits, 1 blocked shot) and Paul LaDue (14:15 TOI, 0 shot attempts, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot).

-Jeff Carter appeared in his 70th playoff game with Los Angeles, surpassing Dwight King and Jarret Stoll (both 69) for sole possession of eighth place of the Kings’ all-time playoff games played list.

-Marc-Andre Fleury posted his 11th career playoff shutout to pass Ken Dryden and Henrik Lundqvist (10 shutouts) for sole possession of 11th place on the NHL’s all-time goaltending list. His 63rd career postseason win tied him with Curtis Joseph for 12th place on the NHL’s all-time list. The Golden Knights joined the Rangers (1927), Blues (1968) and Kings (1968) as the only teams to post a playoff shutout in their inaugural NHL season. The Rangers and Blues also achieved the feat in their postseason debut.

-Los Angeles attempted 53 shots (30 on goal, 13 blocked, 10 missed). Vegas attempted 73 shots (28 on goal, 22 blocked, 23 missed). Tyler Toffoli led all skaters with six shots on goal.

-The Kings won 27-of-62 faceoffs (44%). Adrian Kempe won 1-of-5, Anze Kopitar won 12-of-25, Trevor Lewis won 0-of-3, Dustin Brown won 0-of-1, Nate Thompson won 5-of-5, Tanner Pearson won 0-of-1, Torrey Mitchell won 1-of-2 and Jeff Carter won 8-of-20.

-Lead photo via Jeff Speer/NHLI

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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.