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Last Week Today - February 2

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


 

THE WEEK:

In return from NHL All-Star weekend in Columbus, Ohio, the Kings returned to Los Angeles to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. The clubs, which faced each other in the Western Conference Final last season, played a tight-knit game that brought a playoff-like feel back to STAPLES Center. The Kings then ventured off to Massachusetts to begin their five-game road trip against a red-hot Boston Bruins club on Saturday night and struggled to beat Tuukka Rask.

VS CHICAGO:
With a pair of goals in the final six minutes of regulation on Wednesday night, the Kings pulled off a stunning comeback, beating the Blackhawks 4-3. Jeff Carter scored the Kings’ first two goals, and later added an assist to register his 10th multi-point game of the season. The Kings are 10-0-0 this season when Carter records more than a single point in a game. Tyler Toffoli tied the game 3-3 in his first game back after missing six games with mononucleosis, and Jake Muzzin buried the game-winner with 3:37 left in regulation time.

AT BOSTON: The Kings hit the road to start their five-game road trip Saturday night, and it was against a red-hot Boston Bruins club that had points in 12 of its previous 13 games. The game was scoreless until the final minutes of the second period when Boston’s Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Jordan Nolan buried his second goal of the season to tie the score 1-1 with seven minutes left to play. The Bruins answered to reclaim the lead just over a minute later, and added an empty-net goal to secure a 3-1 win.

WHO WAS HOT:

Jeff Carter exploded for three points on Wednesday night during the Kings’ 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Carter’s 10th multi-point game of the season; the Kings are 10-0-0 in games when Carter registers more than a single point in a game. Carter finished the week with 2G, 1A, 7 shots, and a 48% FO.

TENDER SPOT:

Jonathan Quick started both games during the week, picking up a win on Wednesday night when he made 26 saves against the Blackhawks, and falling to the Bruins while making 30 saves Saturday night. Overall, Quick stopped 56 of the 61 shots he faced.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

Late in the second period of Wednesday’s game against the Blackhawks, Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook tried to casually play off that he was unaware of where the puck was, when he was actually purposefully sitting on it in an attempt to get the referees to stop play. Seabrook, who didn’t fool anyone, got penalized for covering the puck with his hand.

HIGHTLIGHT OF THE WEEK:

Tyler Toffoli, in his first game back after sitting out six games with mononucleosis, buried the game-tying goal against the Blackhawks Wednesday night with just over six minutes remaining in regulation.

TWEETS OF THE WEEK:

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“It was a good effort. We have to beat somebody to make the playoffs.”


-Darryl Sutter, on the win against Chicago



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