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Kings' Muzzin named Rookie of the Month for March

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:00 PM / News
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Kings' Muzzin named Rookie of the Month for March
Los Angeles Kings' Jake Muzzin named NHL Rookie of the Month for March.

NEW YORKLos Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, who recorded 4-7—11 and posted a +10 rating in 17 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.

Muzzin edged Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (3-12—15 in 14 games), Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (5-7—12 in 16 games), Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (5-6—11 in 14 games), St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (5-2-0, 2.33 GAA, 1 SO) and Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner (3-1-3, 2.07 GAA) for the honor.

Jake Muzzin
Jake Muzzin
Defense - LAK
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 14
SOG: 53 | +/-: 13
Muzzin, 24, had a career-high two goals and three points in a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Blues March 5. He also posted his first career multi-assist game (0-2—2) in a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames March 11 and first career game-winning goal in a 4-0 triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes March 18.

Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Muzzin signed with the Kings as a free agent on Jan. 4, 2010. In 32 games this season, he leads all rookies with a +13 rating and ranks tied for third among freshmen blueliners with 14 points (6-8—14). Muzzin joins St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (January) and Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (February) as Rookie of the Month winners this season.

Jake Muzzin in March

Date Opponent G A P Result
March 2 at Vancouver 0 1 1 5-2 loss
March 4 NASHVILLE 0 0 0 5-1 win
March 5 ST. LOUIS 2 1 3 6-4 win
March 7 DALLAS 0 0 0 5-2 loss
March 9 CALGARY 1 0 1 6-2 win
March 11 CALGARY 0 2 2 3-1 win
March 12 at Phoenix 0 1 1 5-2 loss
March 14 at San Jose 0 0 0 4-3 loss
March 16 SAN JOSE 0 0 0 5-2 win
March 18 PHOENIX 1 0 1 4-0 win
March 19 PHOENIX 0 1 1 3-2 win
March 21 DALLAS 0 0 0 2-0 loss
March 23 VANCOUVER 0 0 0 1-0 loss
March 25 at Chicago 0 0 0 5-4 win
March 28 at St. Louis 0 0 0 4-2 win
March 30 at Minnesota 0 1 1 4-3 loss (shootout)
March 31 at Dallas 0 0 0 3-2 win
Totals 4 7 11

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I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets