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DID YOU KNOW? NOTES FROM 2006-07

by Mike Kalinowski / Los Angeles Kings
Now that the season is officially concluded, LAKings.com takes a quick look back at the 2006-07 Los Angeles Kings campaign.

 

TEAM NOTES

The Kings hosted their 20 millionth fan in their home finale vs. Phoenix on April 7.

Rookie defenseman Jack Johnson made his NHL debut against Vancouver on March 29, becoming the 42nd player and 12th rookie to play for the Kings in 2006-07.

Johnson was one of nine Kings on the club’s end of season roster to have been selected in the first-round of the NHL Entry Draft. In addition, he was also one of nine Kings on the end of season roster aged 24 or younger.

The Kings scored at least one power play goal in 25 of their 27 wins in 2006-07. The only two games in which they won without scoring a power play goal were at Vancouver on Jan. 26 (3-2 win; 0-for-5 on the power play) and at San Jose on Dec.14 (4-2 win, 0-for-1 on the power play).

The Kings scored more road power play goals (44) than any other team in the NHL in 2006-07, and the club’s power-play success rate of 20.8 percent on the road (44-for-212) ranked third in the league.

Nineteen of the Kings last 33 games in 2006-07 were decided by one goal. For the season, the Kings finished with a record of 11-24 in one-goal games.

The Kings won six of their 20 overtime games in 2006-07. The Kings tied Florida for the league lead with 14 overtime/shootout losses in 2006-07.

The Kings lost a franchise record three straight overtime games from March 7 through March 11. The streak matched the longest such streak in the NHL since the five-minute overtime period was introduced in 1983-84.

The Kings earned at least one standings point in a season-high seven-straight games from March 7 through March 18, going 3-0-4 in the seven games.

The Kings began a streak of nine games in nine different cities with their game at Vancouver on Jan. 26. The streak also included stops in Edmonton (Jan. 27), Calgary (Jan. 30), Los Angeles (home game vs. Chicago on Feb. 1), Miami (road game vs. Florida on Feb. 3), Tampa Bay (Feb. 6), Washington (Feb. 8), Nashville (Feb. 10) and Carolina (Feb. 13). The Kings finished the nine-city tour with a record of 3-3-3.

The Kings tied a franchise record for largest margin of victory on the road with a 7-0 win at Florida on Feb. 3.

The Kings erased an early two-goal deficit with four unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 win over Detroit at STAPLES Center on Jan. 6. The win snapped a Kings 13-game winless streak (0-10-3, 1 tie) against the Red Wings that dated back to Oct. 23, 2002.

The Kings faced two penalty shots in one game for the first time in club history at Nashville on Dec. 23. The first penalty shot, attempted by Paul Kariya, was unsuccessful. The second penalty shot, attempted by David Legwand, was successful. Legwand’s penalty shot goal was the first one recorded against the Kings since the 2001 season.

The Kings 4-0 shutout win at Phoenix on Oct. 19 was the first road shutout for the franchise in 81 all-time road games against the Coyotes franchise, a franchise that dates back to the 1979-80 season as the Winnipeg Jets.

Michael Cammalleri scored the 10,000th goal in Kings history versus Dallas on Oct.14 at STAPLES Center.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

Kings head coach Marc Crawford reached 900 games coached in the NHL at San Jose on March 27, becoming the 19th coach in league history to reach that milestone. 

Anze Kopitar was the first Kings rookie to reach 60-plus points in one season since former King Luc Robitaille, who did so en route to a Kings rookie record 84 points in 1986-87.

Kopitar finished with 61 points (20-41=61) in 2006-07, and his 61 points ranked fifth all-time in Kings rookie scoring and his 41 assists ranked third all-time among first-year Kings.

Kings Top 10 All-Time In Rookie Scoring

  Player Year GP G-A-PTS
1 Luc Robitaille 1986-87 79 45-39=84
2 Jimmy Carson 1986-87 80 37-42=79
3 Larry Murphy 1980-81 80 16-60=76
4 Bob Berry 1970-71 77 25-38=63
5 Anze Kopitar 2006-07 72 20-41=61
6 Steve Bozek 1981-82 71 33-23=56
7 Brian MacLellan 1983-84 72 25-29=54
8 Vitali Yachmenev 1995-96 80 19-34=53
9 Bernie Nicholls 1982-83 71 28-33=50
10 Bill Flett 1967-68 73 26-20=46

Kopitar was the first Kings rookie to record six points (2-4=6) in his first three NHL games since Vitali Yachmenev, who accomplished the feat in October of 1995. Kopitar scored two goals in his Kings/NHL debut at Anaheim on Oct. 6, and he recorded three assists versus St. Louis on Oct. 7 and one assist versus the New York Islanders on Oct. 10.

Thanks to Michael Cammalleri (34 goals) and Alexander Frolov (35 goals), the Kings finished the 2006-07 season with two 30-goal scorers on their roster for the first time since the 2000-01 season when Ziggy Palffy (38 goals) and Luc Robitaille (37 goals) accomplished the feat.

Frolov recorded five straight multiple-point games from Dec. 26 through Jan. 3, scoring 12 points (4-8=12) during the streak. The following is a breakdown of Frolov’s five-game streak:
Dec. 26 vs. PHX (0-2=2)
Dec. 28 at EDM (1-2=3)
Dec. 29 at CGY (1-2=3)
Dec. 31 at DET (2-0=2)
Jan. 3 vs. CBJ (0-2=2)

Frolov’s streak was the longest for a Kings player since Wayne Gretzky recorded five straight multiple-point games in November of 1995. Former King Bernie Nicholls holds the team record for consecutive multiple-point games. He pieced together 10 straight multiple-point games with the Kings in November of 1988.

Frolov recorded three straight multiple-goal games from Nov. 13-18, and he was the first King to record three consecutive multiple-goal games since Luc Robitaille, who accomplished the feat in 1993. Former Kings Charlie Simmer (December 1980) and Bernie Nicholls (November 1988) are the only Kings to ever record four straight multiple-goal games.

The Kings are 22-4-1 over the last two seasons in games that Frolov records at least two points.

Defenseman Rob Blake recorded 11 power play goals in 2006-07. The 11 power play goals were the most scored by Blake in one season since he scored a career high 12 power play goals with the Kings in 1999-00.

Blake reached a Kings milestone on Dec. 28, becoming just the second defenseman and sixth player overall in club history to reach 700 games played as a King.

Defenseman Aaron Miller, who missed 106 games because of injury in the previous three seasons, was one of only two Kings players to appear in all 82 games (Frolov was the other) in 2006-07. Miller, a veteran of 10 NHL seasons, had never before gone a full season without missing at least one game.

The Kings had two Southern California-born players on their roster for the first time in team history from March 11-18. Noah Clarke (from La Verne, Calif.) was recalled by the Kings on March 5, and rookie Gabe Gauthier (from Torrance, Calif.) was recalled by the Kings on March 10.

Clarke became the first California-born player to score a goal in the 40-year history of the Kings when he collected his first career NHL tally versus Edmonton on March 12.

Goalie Sean Burke tied his career high for most saves in one game with 51 saves at Detroit on March 9. Burke also recorded 51 saves at the New York Islanders as a member of the Hartford Whalers on January 1, 1994.

Burke was the first goaltender over 40 years old to make 50 or more saves in one game since Gump Worsley, who made 63 saves for Minnesota in a 4-4 tie at Boston on Feb. 7, 1971.

Rookie goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji, a 24-year-old native of Kushiro, Japan, made NHL history by becoming the first player from Japan to play in the NHL when he relieved starter Barry Brust in the third period of the Kings game at St. Louis on Jan.13.

Fukufuji was also one of only two players born and trained in Japan to ever be drafted by an NHL team. Originally selected by the Kings in the eighth-round (238th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Fukufuji followed in the footsteps of defenseman Hiroyuki Miura, who was drafted by Montreal in the 11th-round (260th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Brust made 34 saves while earning his first career Kings/NHL win at San Jose on Dec. 14. Brust’s 34 saves were the most recorded by a Kings rookie since first-year goalie Mark Fitzpatrick stopped 34 shots while earning his first-ever Kings and NHL win at Chicago on Nov. 6, 1988 (a 5-3 Kings victory).

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