Postgame notes (April 18)

Some notes from last night’s game…

— The Kings missed an opportunity to wrap up their first-round playoff series, as they lost to the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

— The Kings lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with Game 5 to be played Sunday in Vancouver.

— The Kings, all-time, now have an 8-7 record in games in which they have a chance to close out of a best-of-seven playoff series.

— This is the second time in franchise history that the Kings have led 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. The Kings led Calgary 3-1 in the 1990 Smythe Division semifinals and won the series in six games.

— Dustin Brown failed to score on a third-period penalty shot, which was the second penalty shot in Kings playoff history. The Kings’ other playoff penalty shot also came against Vancouver, on April 10, 1991, when Steve Duchesne scored against Canucks goalie Kirk McLean.

— The Kings outshot the Canucks 44-30, including 18-9 in the second period. The 44 shots on goal matched the Kings’ highest total from the regular season. The Kings outshot the Minnesota Wild 44-24 in a 4-2 loss on Dec. 8.

— The Kings went 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Kings are now 1-for-12 on the power play in their last two games. The Kings were 14-for-14 on the penalty kill in the first three games of the series.

— In this series, the Kings are now 2-1 when scoring the first goal, 1-1 when leading after the first period and 0-1 when trailing after the second period.

— Jonathan Quick stopped 27 of 30 shots. Quick had previously allowed a total of four goals in nine periods in this series.

— Anze Kopitar scored the Kings’ goal, his first goal and fourth point of the series. Kopitar has recorded at least one point in each game in this series. In 10 career playoff games, Kopitar has three goals and six assists.

— Justin Williams had an assist, his fourth assist and fourth point of the series. Williams has recorded at least one point in each game in this series. In 55 career playoff games, Williams has 11 goals and 22 assists.

— Willie Mitchell had one assist, his first assist and second point of the series. In 55 career playoff games, Mitchell has three goals and eight assists.

— Jeff Carter recorded a game-high seven shots on goal. Matt Greene and Dwight King each were credited with a game-high five hits. Willie Mitchell was credited with a game-high five blocked shots.

— Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time, at a game-high 27 minutes, 46 seconds, followed by Willie Mitchell, at 24:05. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards in ice time, at 21:00, followed by Mike Richards, at 20:31.

— The Kings won 29 of 61 faceoffs (48 percent). Mike Richards won 10 of 18 draws (56 percent). Jarret Stoll won 12 of 16 draws (75 percent). Anze Kopitar won 5 of 11 draws (45 percent).

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