If there’s one well-known attribute that Jeff Carter
brings to the table, it’s point production. It’s a major reason the Kings acquired the flashy forward on February 23, 2012 for defenseman Jack Johnson
and their first round selection, Mark Dano, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Since Carter has donned a Kings uniform, he has not disappointed. #77 has regularly been one of the club’s most consistent scorers, and has been a major reason the Kings have won two Stanley Cups over the course of the previous four seasons.
It was only a matter of time until a milestone was reached…
Leading into the Kings’ game against the Calgary Flames on February 12, Carter had 498 career points to his name. Little did anyone know, not only would Carter hit the 500-point milestone that night, but he would surpass it as well.
Look at the flick of the wrist…
Carter registered his 499th point, assisting on Tyler Toffoli’s first period goal to give the Kings and early lead.
Then, with under a minute to play in the second period, facing a one-goal deficit down 2-1, Carter blazed through the neutral zone and split Calgary’s defense to initiate a play that would produce the game-tying goal. The puck eventually found its way up to Jake Muzzin, who then fired a shot through traffic; the pinballing puck landed on the stick of Tyler Toffoli, who buried it.
AND IT WAS DURING THE MCFLURRY MINUTE!!!
Carter would add another assist later in the game to eclipse the 500 mark.
Carter was the 435th player in NHL history to register 500 regular season points; he was the seventh player from his 2003 draft class to reach the milestone.
In his three-plus seasons with the Kings thus far, Carter has registered a total of 154 points (87G, 67A) in 218 games played.
In his three full seasons in a Kings uniform, Jeff Carter has ranked among the top three players in scoring. Carter was tied for second on the club with 33 points in 2012-’13, second on the club in 2013-’14 with 50 points, and second on the roster this past season with 62 points.