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Shelly Anderson: Penguins give Kings a dose of their own medicine in 4-1 win

Lauding the Kings for their stifling defense-first, physical play in the couple of days leading up to the teams’ game Thursday night at the Staples Center, it was the Penguins who played that style of game – and threw in a couple of buckets of offense — in a 4-1 win.

The Penguins out-hit the Kings, 40-36, and they matched the Kings at 19 shots apiece through two periods before they went into the mode of protecting a lead in the third period, when Los Angeles held a 12-3 shots edge. They also blocked 15 shots to the Kings’ nine.


Rob Rossi: Penguins shut down Kings, roll to win

The Kings managed to send through only 31 of 50 attempted shots — and 12 of those came in the final period, when the final score was already determined.

“We gave up one breakaway in the third, but besides that I don’t think we gave up one odd-man rush,” Orpik said. “We were just responsible. From the top to the bottom of the lineup, we just thought defense-first, and against a team like that, you have to do it because they are so responsible.”

Rob Rossi: Letang absence not trade-talk related.

He did not look sick Thursday morning, as Letang was – per usual – one of the last skaters off the ice after a practice. He showed no symptoms – pale skin tone, fatigue, congestion-impaired breathing or talking – that generally come with the common cold or flu while speaking with teammates in the visiting dressing room after the Penguins’ 4-1 victory at Staples Center.

Several Penguins players, when pressed Thursday night, politely declined to share any reasons as for why Letang did not play against the Los Angeles Kings; though each said he behaved normally in the morning practice – specifically, doing individual stick work long after most players had gone to the dressing room.


Pens beat Kings 4-1

For the Pens, it was a chance for a game to see where they matched up against one of the league’s top teams and, as far as goals against goes, the best defensive team in the league. The Kings have been struggling to produce offense, a trend that continued for another night, but a credit for the Pens to play alert and astute defense.

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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.