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Last Week Today - April 6

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

THE WEEK:

AT CHICAGO (L, 4-1)

The Kings began their week in Chicago, meeting the Blackhawks for the third and final time this season. It was the Kings’ first visit to Chicago’s United Center since Game 7 of last year’s Western Conference Final series. There wasn’t much positive to take out of the game; the Kings losing 4-1, Jake Muzzin scoring the Kings’ lone goal. Jonathan Quick turned away 36 of the 40 shots he faced.

VS EDMONTON (W, 8-2)

The Kings returned home Thursday night to host the Edmonton Oilers, who, although way outside of playoff contention, had recently delivered crushing blows to the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche’s playoff hopes. The Kings didn’t take Edmonton lightly, scoring three first period goals en route to an 8-2 win. Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter each scored a pair of goals, Dustin Brown snapped a 19-game scoring drought, Drew Doughty scored his first goal in 25 games, and his first goal at STAPLES Center this season.

VS COLORADO (W, 3-1)

The Kings finished the week Saturday night, hosting the Colorado Avalanche. They swept the season series against Colorado, posting a 3-0-0 record. With the win Saturday, the Kings now have an eight-game point streak (7-0-1) against the Avalanche dating back to January 22, 2013. Alec Martinez netted the game-winning goal, his first goal since January 17. The Kings held the Avalanche to just 10 shots the entire game, tying a franchise-low mark set on January 11, 1994 against the San Jose Sharks.

WHO WAS HOT:

Marian Gaborik (3G, 1A) and Jeff Carter (2G, 2A) led the way with four points scored each; they both scored two goals in Thursday night’s win over Edmonton. Dustin Brown snapped his 19-game goal drought, as did Drew Doughty and his 25-game goalless streak. Alec Martinez scored his first goal since January 17 on Saturday night. Anze Kopitar chimed in with three assists during the week.

TENDER SPOT:

Jonathan Quick started all three games for the Kings during the week. Quick was superb Monday night in Chicago against an overpowering Blackhawks club, even though he surrendered four goals. He handled Edmonton and Colorado with ease – getting a ton of goal-support against the Oilers, and only facing 10 shots against the Avalanche. Quick stopped 73 of the 80 shots he faced during the week, posting a .912 SV% and a 1.33 GAA.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

Drew Doughty and Kyle Clifford combine to lay a huge hit on Chicago’s Brandon Saad on Monday night:

Gustl Kopitar wins The Royal Half’s ‘Bark Madness’:

GOAL OF THE WEEK:

Alec Martinez beats Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov TWICE on one play. Martinez’s first shot caromed out of the net too fast for the referees to signal a goal on the ice. It didn’t matter though; Martinez recovered the puck and put it back in the net to take away any need for video review. Martinez’s goal was the eventual game-winner.

TWEETS OF THE WEEK:

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:


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