Some notes from last night’s game…
— The Kings kept pace in the tight Western Conference playoff race, as they beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Saturday night at Staples Center.
— The Kings, with 72 points, remained in ninth place and pulled back within one point of eighth-place Dallas, and pulled two points ahead of 10th-place Colorado and three points ahead of 11th-place Calgary.
— The Kings have reached the four-goal mark in three of their last four games. Before that, the Kings had scored at least four goals in 13 of their first 61 games. The Kings have a 14-0-2 record when they score at least four goals, and a 19-0-2 record when they score at least three goals.
— The Kings moved ahead of Minnesota and into 29th in the NHL in goals per game. The Kings are now averaging 2.12 goals per game, to the Wild’s 2.11.
— The Ducks outshot the Kings 31-20, including 12-7 in the first period.
— The Kings went 2-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Kings are 4-for-11 on the power play in their last four games. The Kings have a 21-6-3 record this season when they score at least one power-play goal. The Kings have killed 15 consecutive penalties.
— The Kings improved to 16-12-4 at Staples Center, 23-4-6 when scoring the first goal, 14-1-2 when leading after the first period and 22-0-3 when leading after the second period.
— Jonathan Quick stopped 29 of 31 shots. Quick has allowed a total of 11 goals in five games against the Ducks this season.
— Jeff Carter had two goals — his first two points with the Kings — including a power-play goal, to push his season totals to 17 goals and 10 assists. Nine of Carter’s goals have come on the power play. Including his stats with Columbus, Carter has 10 points in his last six games (six goals, four assists).
— Dustin Brown had one goal, on the power play, his 19th goal and 39th point of the season. Eight of Brown’s goals have come on the power play. Brown has at least one point in four consecutive games (five goals, three assists) and has 10 points in his last six games (six goals, four assists).
— Anze Kopitar had an empty-net goal, his 19th goal and 55th point of the season. Kopitar has four points in his last three games (two goals, two assists). Kopitar has two goals and three assists in five games against the Ducks this season.
— Mike Richards had three assists, including one on the power play, to push his season totals to 20 assists and 34 points. It was Richards’ seventh multi-point game and his second three-point (and three-assist) game of the season. Richards’ career-high for assists in one game is four, set with Philadelphia against New Jersey on Oct. 24, 2008. Richards has four goals and three assists in four games against the Ducks this season.
— Dwight King had two assists, including one on the power play, to push his season totals to four assists and six points, in 10 games. It was King’s second career multi-point game.
— Alec Martinez had one assist, on the power play, his fourth assist and sixth point of the season. Martinez has four assists in his last six games.
— Slava Voynov had one assist, on the power play, his ninth assist and 13th point of the season. Voynov has an assist in each of his last two games.
— Jeff Carter recorded a team-high five shots on goal. Matt Greene was credited with a game-high five hits. Rob Scuderi and Justin Williams each were credited with a team-high two blocked shots.
— Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time, with a game-high 25 minutes, 4 seconds, followed by Rob Scuderi, at 21:53. Mike Richards led all Kings forwards in ice time, at 19:07, followed by Jeff Carter, at 18:30.
— The Kings won 27 of 56 faceoffs (48 percent). Jarret Stoll won 7 of 18 draws (39 percent). Mike Richards won 6 of 14 draws (43 percent). Anze Kopitar won 6 of 12 draws (50 percent).