Looks aren’t everything, but we’re banking on prettiness here.
The Kings finished in the middle of the pack in NHL scoring this season, averaging 2.72 goals per game, totaling 223 during the 2015-’16 campaign. They did, however, lead the league for the most scored in a single game when they put up nine goals in a drubbing of the Boston Bruins on February 9 at TD Garden.
Tyler Toffoli finished the season with 31 goals, good for 17th-most in the league, and became the first Kings player to eclipse the 30-goal mark since Anze Kopitar registered 34 in 2009-’10.
Let’s whittle-down those 223 goals into the Top 5:
5 - "HAMMER TIME"
December 5, 2015 VS Pittsburgh
Drew Doughty finished the season tied with a team-high nine power play goals. This one mine as well have counted as two. Locked in a scoreless tie with the Penguins early in the second period, Jake Muzzin set up Doughty beautifully, who rifled home a one-time slap shot high past the glove of Marc-Andre Fleury.
The player sitting in the penalty for Pittsburgh at the time was none other than Rob Scuderi.
4 - "WORKING OT"
October 31, 2015 VS Nashville
Wait for it…wait for it. Jeff Carter gave the Kings the second of their 12 overtime victories when he fled up the ice after Drew Doughty disrupted a pass in the Kings’ zone, made himself available for a lengthy feed, then walked in alone on Pekka Rinne, patiently waiting for the Predators’ goaltender to collapse before burying the game-winner top shelf.
3 - "WHAT’S FOR DESERT?"
December 26, 2015 – AT Arizona
Sometimes life can be unfair. For Louis Domingue, he got a strong taste of that when Anze Kopitar beat Coyotes defensemen wide to the left before swinging in front and around to eventually beat the Arizona goaltender with a gorgeous back hand.
2 - "A STAR IN DALLAS"
March 15, 2016 – AT Dallas
Just get out of the way. Anze Kopitar received a pass from Milan Lucic upon entering Dallas’ zone and stickhandled his way through a triangle of Stars before finding himself alone with Kari Lehtonen, easily slipping a back hand shot past the Stars’ bewildered goaltender.
1 - "DANCING MAN"
October 22, 2015 – AT San Jose
It’s not always pretty when old friends find each other on opposite ends of a spectrum, but this time it was. Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring in the Kings’ first visit to San Jose this season when he used his remarkable set of hands to baffle the Sharks’ defense before stickhandling around a hesitant Martin Jones, banking the puck off the side of the net to himself, and sliding it into an open net.