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Last Week Today - February 9

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


The Kings kicked off their week with a visit to the White House, where President Barack Obama honored their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, along with the LA Galaxy, who brought home the MLS Championship. The Kings stayed in Washington D.C. and battled the Capitals Tuesday night, then traveled to Florida for a pair of games against the Panthers (Thursday) and the Lightning (Saturday). On Sunday, the Kings flew to Columbus, Ohio, where they finish their five-game road trip Monday night.

AT WASHINGTON (4-0 L): A day after being recognized by the President, the Kings struggled in a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. The Kings, although matching the Capitals’ 27-shot total, were unable to generate any offense, getting shut out by Braden Holtby. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in the loss and Kyle Clifford highlighted the Kings’ lethargic performance, laying eight hits.

AT FLORIDA (3-2 L) : The Kings came out with a much better effort Thursday against the Panthers at the BB&T Center, but lost 3-2 when Florida’s Brandon Pirri scored the go-ahead goal with just over three minutes left to play in regulation. Jamie McBain scored the Kings’ first goal, notching his 100th career NHL point. Marian Gaborik gave the Kings a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but the Kings were unable to maintain it as the Panthers responded with two goals to secure a 3-2 win. The Kings outshot Florida 21-20; Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in the loss. AT TAMPA BAY (4-2 W) : The Kings finally picked up a win on their road trip Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena after dropping the first three games. The Kings went on an early rally, scoring three goals in the first period, but the Lightning inched their way back with a goal late in the second, and another early in the third. Justin Williams provided much-needed insurance, scoring his second goal of the game with 12:14 to play in regulation to give the Kings a 4-2 lead. Williams’ second goal was the 100th as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.


With the Kings in dire need of a win Saturday afternoon after dropping the first three games of their road trip, Justin Williams gave the Kings the offensive boost they needed to come away with a 4-2 win over the Lightning. Williams gave the Kings a two-goal lead in the first period, and then buried the Kings fourth and final goal in the third. During the week, Williams registered two goals, 10 shots, and one hit.


Jonathan Quick started all three games for the Kings during the week. Quick received no offensive support Tuesday in Washington in the Kings’ 4-0 loss, he surrendered a late game-winning marker to Florida on Thursday, and stood tall against Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon. Quick stopped 66 of the 75 shots he faced during the week, posting a .880 SV% and a 3.00 GAA.


Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin was frustrated after missing a prime scoring chance during the first period Tuesday night. Ovechkin, in returning to the play, went to line up Dwight King for a hit behind the Kings’ net. Ovechkin missed, and the boards he kissed.


In a tightly contested one-goal game Saturday in Tampa Bay, Justin Williams cleared the Kings' zone then turned on the burners. Marian Gaborik returned Williams' outlet pass, and he flew into Tampa Bay's zone and fired an absolute laser past Andrei Vasilevskiy to give the Kings a 4-2 lead. The goal was the Williams 100th as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.



“Well, if you just checked back when they said that four years ago when we won, that’s what everybody said – there was a hangover. I said, ‘what’s a hangover? What is that?’ I don’t think there’s anything to it at all. It’s very difficult to play four seasons of hockey in three years. Unless you’re a team where you’re in a city that’s done it, you have no understanding of it.”

- Darryl Sutter, on if he believes a ‘Stanley Cup Hangover’ exists

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