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Last Week Today - January 12

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


The Kings had a light schedule after kicking off their seven-game home stand last Saturday, and didn’t play their first game of this past week until Thursday night. After four days off, the Kings welcomed the New York Rangers to STAPLES Center for a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Final series. On Saturday night, the Winnipeg Jets paid their second and final visit to Los Angeles this season.

NEW YORK: After building an early two-goal lead against the Rangers Thursday night, New York came back surging with four unanswered goals. The Kings clawed back late, but couldn’t find the game-tying goal, and lost 4-3. Justin Williams scored two of the Kings’ three goals.

WINNIPEG: On Saturday night, the Kings found themselves down early, as the Jets scored goals on each and every one of their first three shots of the game. The Kings responded with four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead in the third period, but the Jets tied the game 4-4 with 5:56 remaining in regulation. The Kings eventually fell in a four-round shootout.


Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams tied for the team-lead in points scored during the week with three apiece. Kopitar had an assist Thursday night against New York, and a goal and an assist Saturday against Winnipeg, totaling in with 1G, 2A. Williams scored a pair of goals against the Rangers, and popped another home against the Jets, totaling in with 3G, 0A.


Jonathan Quick started both games during the week, making his 11th and 12th straight starts for the Kings. Quick didn’t fare particularly well, allowing a combined eight goals on 51 shots faced during the two games. Quick chimed in with a .843 SV% and a 4.00 GAA. Quick, however, may have pulled off what will arguably be a candidate for save of the year on Winnipeg’s Mathieu Perreault in the second round of Saturday night’s shootout against the Jets.


During the third period of Saturday night’s game against Winnipeg, Drew Doughty took a hard hit from the Jet’s Mark Scheifele, who then threw Doughty down to the ice. Doughty, a little irked at the extracurricular physicality from Scheifele’s hit, seeked immediate revenge. Unfortunately, Doughty accidentally made Mathieu Perrault pay the toll for Scheifele’s doings.


With the Kings facing a three-goal deficit Saturday night against Winnipeg, the Kings’ power play got to work. Anze Kopitar, who set up shop on the Jet's back-door as Drew Doughty fired a one-time slap shot from the point, kicked the rebound from Doughty's shot to his stick, then chipped home the first of the Kings' four consecutive goals past Winnipeg's Michael Hutchinson.



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