October 14 postgame notes

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 48-57-20 all-time against Buffalo, a record that includes a home mark of 29-24-9. The Kings are 12-2-1 in their last 15 home games against the Sabres. With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere played in Berlin, home teams have won the last 14 games in the series, dating back to a 5-1 Sabres win at Staples Center on October 23, 2003 (L.A. was the designated home team at the NHL Premiere in 2011).

-Saturday’s game ended a stretch of four consecutive 2-0 Los Angeles wins at Staples Center over Buffalo. Zemgus Girgensons’ goal 15:45 into the game ended the Sabres’ 279:38 scoreless streak in the head-to-head match-up.

-With the win, the Kings improved to 2-0-0 against the Eastern Conference, 1-0-0 against the Atlantic Division, 2-0 in two-goal games, 1-0-1 when their opponent scores first, 1-0-1 when trailing after the first period, 1-0-0 when tied after two periods and 2-0-1 when outshooting their opponent.

-Los Angeles has opened the season 3-0-1, marking the first time since 1995-96 and the sixth time overall that the Kings have registered points in each of their first four games. It also marks the second highest point total through four games in team history (1988-89l 4-0-0, 8 points).

-With a 3-for-3 performance, the Kings scored three power play goals in a game for the first time since March 23, 2017. It is the first time since March 9, 2017 the Kings have scored at least three power play goals and gone 100% on the power play.

-Dustin Brown (1-0=1) extended his goal-streak to three games (4-2=6). It marks his first goal-streak of at least three games since March 14-17, 2016. With a power play goal, he moved within one goal of Charlie Simmer (79 PPG) for sixth place on Los Angeles’ all-time list. With 20:46 TOI, he has logged at least 20 minutes in two of his four games.

-By assisting on Drew Doughty’s goal, Alec Martinez registered his 100th career NHL assist.

-By assisting on Drew Doughty’s goal, Anze Kopitar recorded a point for the third consecutive game (3-3=6).

-By assisting on Tyler Toffoli’s goal, Oscar Fantenberg recorded his first NHL point.

-Derek Forbort appeared in his 100th career NHL game.

-Drew Doughty appeared in his 250th consecutive game. The club record is 330 consecutive games, set by Anze Kopitar from March 21, 2007 to March 26, 2011.

-The Kings attempted 61 shots (30 on goal, 15 blocked, 16 missed). The Sabres attempted 48 shots (25 on goal, 12 blocked, 11 missed). Dustin Brown, Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Ryan O’Reilly tied with a game-high four shots on goal.

-Los Angeles won 24-of-55 faceoffs (44%). Adrian Kempe won 0-of-3, Anze Kopitar won 9-of-18, Andy Andreoff won 0-of-1, Jonny Brodzinski won 0-of-1, Nick Shore won 4-of-8, Trevor Lewis won 0-of-1, Nic Dowd won 3-of-6, Tanner Pearson won 1-of-2 and Jeff Carter won 7-of-15.

The Kings are scheduled to hold an optional 10:30 a.m. morning skate at Toyota Sports Center on Sunday, October 15.

-Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

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