What has been the most impressive thing about the Kings’ three-game winning streak? OK, other than Jonathan Quick. I’d have to say it’s the fact that the Kings are getting scoring from so many places.
Look at the 13 goals from the three games. Four came from first-line players (Kopitar, Smyth), five came from second-line players (Frolov and Handzus), three came from third-line players (Parse, Richardson and Simmonds) and one came from a fourth-line player (Moller), albeit on the power play.
Then there’s the assists, 20 of them, from 12 different players, including five defensemen. That type of balanced has rarely been present for the Kings this season, but it’s certainly a welcomed addition. Here’s what Terry Murray said today…
MURRAY: “It’s real important. To be a team that’s going to make a run to get into the playoffs, you’re going to have to have secondary scoring, not only from your lines but from your blue-line group. Doughty put up four points. Jack Johnson is putting some points up on a fairly consistent basis now. That’s real important.
“It’s a great confidence thing for your team, going into every game, that one guy doesn’t have to look at himself as shouldering the responsibility. The other team matches up your top line with their top defensemen shutting them down. Getting Stolly back into the lineup, in the role that he’s in right now, to get him back into it, gives that line a threat too, with Moller on the right side. So it’s nice to see.”