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Last Week Today: February 23

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

THE WEEK:

VS TAMPA BAY (W, 3-2): The Kings started their week with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at STAPLES Center, finishing off their home stand with a perfect 3-0-0 record. After facing an early one-goal deficit, the Kings answered with three consecutive goals from Anze Kopitar, Jordan Nolan, and Jeff Carter. Dwight King led the team in points with two assists; Jonathan Quick made 21 saves.

AT COLORADO (W, 4-1): The Kings hit the road to face the Colorado Avalanche for the first time this season. Once again, the Kings surrendered the first goal of the game, but they responded with a huge second period effort to take control of the game. Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Dustin Brown each scored a goal in the second period, and Carter added an empty-netter late in the third. The Kings were heavily outshot by the Avalanche 43-26, but Jonathan Quick kept the Kings in good standing with a 42-save performance.

AT SAN JOSE (W, 2-1): The Kings ventured out to Santa Clara to face the San Jose Sharks as part of the NHL’s 2015 Stadium Series. The Kings were able to avenge last year’s outdoor struggles at Dodger Stadium with a 2-1 win at Levi’s Stadium Saturday night. Kyle Clifford deflected home a Jake Muzzin shot to get the Kings on the board early, and Marian Gaborik buried the game-winning goal in the third. Jonathan Quick earned first-star of the game, stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced.

QUICK HONORED: Jonathan Quick was named the NHL’s first star of the week for his outstanding performances in the three games he started. Quick went 3-0-0, posting a .959 SV% and a 1.33 GAA. Quick allowed just four goals on a total of 98 shots faced.

WHO WAS HOT:

Jeff Carter and Dwight King continued to have hot hands during the past week. Carter registered four points (3G, 1A) and 11 shots on goal in the three games he played. King registered three points (3A), four shots on goal, and six hits during the week. Drew Doughty recorded three points (3A), eight shots on goal, and two hits.


TENDER SPOT:

Jonathan Quick continued to see all of the time in the Kings’ net last week; he has started 14 consecutive games, and has been the winning goaltender in each of the Kings’ seven straight wins. Quick was awarded the NHL’s first star of the week for his 3-0-0 record, .959 SV%, and 1.33 GAA. Quick earned his 200th-career NHL victory Saturday night in the Kings’ 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Santa Clara.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

After stressful final moments while the Sharks scrapped desperately to tie Saturday night’s game, Drew Doughty celebrated the Kings’ 2-1 Stadium Series win at the final horn by giving Jonathan Quick a hug, then turning to his teammates to voice his pleasure. Doughty played over 32 minutes in the win, but he showed little exhaustion in his post-game celebration.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:

With the score deadlocked 1-1 heading into the third period of Saturday night’s game against San Jose at Levi’s Stadium, Marian Gaborik’s well-timed shift change caught the Sharks’ Brent burns off guard. Upon hopping over the boards and onto the ice, Gaborik immediately pick-pocketed Burns, then walked in alone into San Jose’s zone and fired a slap shot past Antti Niemi to give the Kings a 2-1 lead, the eventual game-winning goal.

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