VS DETROIT (W, 1-0): The Kings began their week riding a seven-game win streak, finding themselves back in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Detroit, one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, couldn’t find a way to get a puck past Jonathan Quick – who stopped all 20 shots he faced to record his fourth shutout of the season. Justin Williams tipped home the night’s only goal 2:24 minutes into play, which would be the game’s eventual game-winning goal. The Kings extended their win-streak to eight games.
VS OTTAWA (L, 1-0): Following their shutout win against Detroit, the Kings suffered a shutout loss at the hands of Andrew Hammond and the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Hammond, a rookie goaltender making just his fifth-career NHL start, stopped all 35 shots he faced. A Justin Williams goal was waived in the second period when a referee lost sight of a loose puck in Ottawa’s crease. Mike Hoffman buried the game-winning goal for the Senators 1:40 into the third period. The Kings’ eight-game win streak was snapped.
AT ANAHEIM (L, 4-2): The Kings began a three-game road trip Friday night in Anaheim as they faced the Ducks for the fourth time this season. The Kings took a 2-0 lead into the third period with goals from Trevor Lewis and Brayden McNabb, but Anaheim responded with four unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to hand the Kings their second straight loss. Martin Jones made 28 saves on the 31 shots he faced in what was his first start since January 14.
AT WINNIPEG (L, 5-2): The Kings dropped their third straight game Sunday night when they finished the week’s schedule at the MTS Centre against the Winnipeg Jets. Jeff Carter scored both goals for the Kings, but it wasn’t enough to beat a red-hot Jets roster. Jonathan Quick was pulled after the second period after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Martin Jones provided relief for Quick, stopping all seven shots he saw in the third period.
SEKERA ACQUIRED: The Kings acquired defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday for a conditional first-round draft pick and prospect Rolan McKeown. Sekera made his Kings debut Friday night in Anaheim. In his first two games with Los Angeles, Sekera has registered one shot on goal, delivered five hits, and blocked on shot in 38:45 minutes of playing time.
The Kings didn’t have much offensive success during the week, scoring a combined five goals in their four games played. Jeff Carter led the team in goals scored with two, and led the roster on shots on goal with 13. Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin both recorded two assists during the week. Despite his 1-2-0 record, Jonathan Quick had a very impressive week, posting a .927 SV% and a 1.87 GAA.
Jonathan Quick’s 16-consecutive start streak was snapped when the Kings played the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Quick started three games during the week, posting a 1-2-0 record, his one win a 20-save shutout against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. In eight total periods of play during the week, Quick surrendered just five goals, posting a .927 SV% and a 1.87 GAA. Martin Jones started his first game since January 14 on Friday night in Anaheim; Jones allowed three goals on 31 shots in the Kings’ 4-2 loss. Jones came in for relief of Jonathan Quick Sunday in Winnipeg, stopping all seven shots he faced in the third period.
GIF OF THE WEEK:
Tony Granato was honored prior to the Kings’ game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday in a pre game ceremony that celebrated his six-plus seasons in a Los Angeles uniform. Unfortunately, the on-ice staff had a little bit of trouble getting one of the carpets off of the ice, momentarily disrupting the game’s opening faceoff. Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson was nice enough to lend a helping hand (or stick), followed with a friendly tap to the scurrying Kings employees.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
During the first period of the Kings’ game against the Anaheim Ducks Friday night at Honda Center, Trevor Lewis showed his slippery side in scoring the contest’s first goal. Lewis, who caught a stretch-pass from Robyn Regehr in the neutral zone, sped into Anaheim’s zone and fought off a Francois Beauchemin check before attacking the Ducks’ crease and firing a shot past John Gibson.