LAKings.com would like to know what your favorite Kings play of the Week was for the Week of Jan. 5-12.
The Kings played three games, posting a 1-2-0 mark with a 3-1 loss at Anaheim on Tuesday before defeating the Ducks in the second half of their home-and-home series, by a 4-3 score on Thursday. The Kings capped the week with a tough 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
ERSBERG ROBS KUNITZ IN FIRST GAME BACK Erik Ersberg, who Kings fans last saw skating gingerly off the ice on Dec. 15 vs. San Jose, returned from a lengthy absence due to a groin injury and then sitting behind a red-hot Jonathan Quick, got his first start in eight games and made 23 saves, none better than this out-right theft of Ducks sniper Chris Kunitz.
KOPI PADS THE LEAD With the Kings up 2-0 and looking for some insurance, Dustin Brown tracked down a lose puck and kept the disc in the offensive zone and sent a neat pass to Anze Kopitar, who does a 360 to dodge future Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer and put a shot on Jonas Hiller, who relieved Western Conference All-Star starter J-S Giguere. Hiller made the initial save but Kopitar kept after the rebound and put it home.
ARMY RETURNS TO THE LINEUP, SCORES Another player who had not seen action in a while, Derek Armstrong deflected a shot from Alexander Frolov and past Kevin Weekes, the only Kings shot to do so in an otherwise ugly 5-1 loss to New Jersey. Armstrong had not played since Dec. 9 at Colorado, missing seven games due to concussion-like symptoms and then being unable to crack the Kings lineup for six games when deemed healthy, scored his first goal since Nov. 29, vs. Chicago.
ODUYA WANTA GET HIT? Kings forward Dustin Brown collected another one of his bruising hits steam rolling Devils defenseman John Oduya, who lost his helmet in the exchange and nearly lost his cool, going after the Kings captain.
TOO QUICK FOR PARISE Kings rookie netminder Jonathan Quick may have had one of his worst outings of the season surrendering five goals on 28 shots in the loss to the Devils, but still made this highlight-reel save on New Jersey's leading goal scorer Zack Parise. The Devils All-Star collected a cross-ice pass to the left of the Kings netminder with a lot of open cage. Quick went low and slid to his left denying Parise the first goal of the game. .