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Last Week Today - February 16

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

THE WEEK:

The Kings began their week in Columbus, Ohio, where they finished their five-game road trip with a game against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. After finishing their trip on a positive note, the Kings returned to Los Angeles to begin a three-game home stand at STAPLES Center. The Kings hosted the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, and the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, coming away with wins in both contests to extend their winning streak to four games – which ties the club’s season-high.

AT COLUMBUS (W, 4-3)
: Monday in Columbus, the Blue Jackets were quick to get on the board, taking a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Dwight King and Tyler Toffoli responded with first period goals to give the Kings a 2-1 lead. Scott Hartnell tied the game for Columbus late in the second, but Jeff Carter responded with a goal of his own just over a minute later. Dustin Brown gave the Kings a 4-2 lead in the opening minutes of the third. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in the win.

VS CALGARY (W, 5-3): The Kings returned to STAPLES Center and held the first of three ‘Legends Nights’ the team has planned for this season. The Kings honored Barry Melrose, who coached the franchise for two and a half seasons, leading the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings snapped their four-game losing against the Flames with a 5-3 win. Tyler Toffoli netted his first career hat-trick, and Jeff Carter recorded his 500th NHL point. The Kings outshot the Flames 45-18. VS WASHINGTON (W, 3-1): The Kings looked a lot better than they did on February 3 in Washington than they did at STAPLES Center on Thursday night against the Capitals. Dwight King opened the scoring for the Kings, extending his scoring streak to three games. Trevor Lewis and Jarret Stoll pitched in with third period goals; Alex Ovechkin was the only player to score for Washington. Jonathan Quick only surrendered one goal on the 28 shots he faced.
ONTARIO RIEGN: On Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Business Bank Arena, the Kings helped the Ontario Reign unveil their new colors, logo, and uniform, which will debut next year for their inaugural season in the American Hockey League. Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake unveiled the team’s new look, which is a nod to the past, and will further engage fans to acclimate the two clubs with one another.

WHO WAS HOT:

Dwight King, Jeff Carter, and Tyler Toffoli were outstanding last week; the trio has played with each other on the Kings’ second line of late. Tyler Toffoli registered six points (4G, 2A) during the week, and was named the NHL’s second star of the week as well. Dwight King scored a goal in each of the Kings’ three games, and finished the week with five points (3G, 2A). Jeff Carter finished the week with six points (1G, 5A); their line combined for 17 points (8G, 9A) in the three games played last week.

TENDER SPOT:

Jonathan Quick started all three games for the Kings, upping his consecutive start mark to 11 games. Quick stopped 65 of the 72 shots he faced, posting a .902 SV% and a 2.33 GAA. Quick picked up a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct Thursday night against Calgary, and now has 14 penalty minutes on the season. Quick, who has received better support from his forwards and defensemen as of late, has won each of his past four decisions.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

Dwight King scored a huge goal Thursday night, giving the Kings a 3-2 lead over the Flames with his marker less than a minute into the third period. The TV cameras got an up-close shot of King following his tally, giving viewers a wink, smile, and nod.

HIGHTLIGHT OF THE WEEK:

Tyler Toffoli went on a tear Thursday night, netting his first career hat-trick in a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Toffoli scored a goal in each period of the game; his third goal chased Calgary's Jonas Hiller from the game. Toffoli added an assist to finish the night with four points. See all three of Toffoli's goals here!

TWEETS OF THE WEEK:

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“He had the shark, the realistic look shark. I think that was my favorite mask when I was little.”

– Jonathan Quick, on Steve Shields’ old San Jose Sharks mask in the '90's



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