February 15 Postgame Notes - LA Kings Insider

– With their 3-1 loss, the Kings fell to 75-61-22 all time against the Penguins and 28-42-11 in Pittsburgh. The Kings also dropped to 7-5-1 against the Metropolitan Division and 17-9-1 against the Eastern Conference this season.

– Goaltender Jonathan Quick faced 38 shots on goal. He has faced 36 shots on goal or more in the last three starts where he has finished the game. Quick made 36 saves on the Penguins in this contest.

– Defenseman Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal as a King in his first game as a King. He also took three shots on goal in 18:56 of action. Phaneuf’s goal was his fourth of the season and first since Oct. 26. Earlier it was believed that Phaneuf would not be able to play because of immigration issues, but those were resolved before faceoff.

– Forward Nate Thompson played 12:41 including 3:28 on the penalty kill in his first game as a King. He went 3-for-10 on faceoffs.

– Defenseman Alec Martinez’s assist was his seventh power play helper of the year and eighth point on the power play this season. He ranks fifth on the Kings in power play points.

– Forward Adrian Kempe went 5-for-5 on faceoffs. He is now 10 for his last 19 on draws — 52.6 percent.

– Forward Anze Kopitar’s five-game point streak was snapped. His five shots tied a season high set twice previously, on Oct. 7 against the San Jose Sharks and Nov. 22 against the Winnipeg Jets.

– The Kings allowed a power play goal for the fifth straight game. In that stretch their penalty kill has been 61.1 percent – 11-for-18.

– Los Angeles is 1-3-0 on its seven-game road-trip.

– Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese scored is third goal in his sixth NHL game. It was also his second game-winner.

– Penguins forwards Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby each notched one point – Malkin a goal and Crosby an assist. Since. Jan. 1, Crosby’s 31 points and 26 assists lead the NHL. In that same timeframe, Malkin’s 18 goals rank first in the league and his 30 points rank second behind Crosby.

– The Kings will practice Friday at 2 p.m. in Buffalo. 

Lead photo via Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire 

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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.