Postgame notes (Jan. 26) - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from last night’s game…

— The Kings won their third consecutive game, as they beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

— The Kings go into the five-day All-Star break in 11th place in the Western Conference, with 55 points in 50 games. Seventh-place Chicago, eighth-place San Jose and ninth-place Colorado all have 56 points in 50 games. Minnesota, in 10th place, also has 55 points, but has played one fewer game than the Kings and also has the first tiebreaker.

— The Kings are 5-0 in shootouts this season, the most wins in the NHL without a loss. Buffalo (4-0) and Colorado (3-0) are the only other unbeaten teams in the shootout.

— The Kings have now allowed two or fewer goals in six of their last seven games, and have allowed a total of 13 goals in their last seven games.

— The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, including a four-minute kill late in the third period. In four games against the Sharks this season, the Kings are 0-for-9 on the power play and 9-for-11 on the penalty kill.

— The Sharks outshot the Kings 24-20. It was the Kings’ second-lowest shot-on-goal total of the season — they had 19 in a victory over Vancouver on Oct. 15 — and it was the eighth time in their last nine games that the Kings held their opponents to 28 or fewer shots on goal.

— The Kings are now 17-9-1 at home, 21-8-0 when scoring the first goal, 4-15-1 when trailing after the second period and 11-8-1 in one-goal games.

— Jonathan Quick stopped 22 of 24 shots, plus all four San Jose shootout attempts. Quick is 5-0 in shootouts this season, having stopped 20 of 23 shots (.870 save percentage). For his career, Quick is 17-7 in shootouts, with a .727 save percentage. Quick has allowed two or fewer goals in four of his last five starts.

— Jarret Stoll had one assist, and also scored the shootout’s lone goal, in the fourth round. Stoll is 3-for-4 in shootouts this season and has scored the shootout-deciding goal twice this season. For his career, Stoll is 7-for-17 in shootouts. Stoll also has six goals and three assists in his last 11 games.

— Ryan Smyth scored a goal, and now has a team-high 19 goals. Smyth has two goals and two assists in his last three games.

— Alexei Ponikarovsky scored a goal, his fourth goal of the season and his first since Dec. 18. In between, though, Ponikarovsky missed six games with an ankle injury and was also a healthy scratch in two other games.

— Michal Handzus had an assist. Handzus had gone six consecutive games without a point.

— Brad Richardson had an assist. Richardson has three assists in his last five games.

— Justin Williams had an assist, for his 39th point of the season in his 50th game. Last season, Williams had 29 points in 49 games.

— Brad Richardson had a team-high five shots on goal. Matt Greene and Trevor Lewis each were credited with a team-high five hits and Green was credited with a team-high four blocked shots.

— Drew Doughty played a team-high 27 minutes, 1 second. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards in ice time at 21:14.

— The Kings won 25 of 43 faceoffs (58 percent). Michal Handzus won 9 of 10 draws (90 percent). The Kings have won more than half of their faceoffs in seven consecutive games.

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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.