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Last Week Today - March 30

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

THE WEEK:

AT NEW JERSEY (W, 3-1)

The Kings kicked off their five-game road trip Monday night in successful fashion with a win over the Devils. Andrej Sekera scored his first goal as a King to open the scoring, Tyler Toffoli followed shortly thereafter to give the Kings a 2-0 first period lead. Scott Gomez got the Devils on the board in the second, but Anze Kopitar provided the insurance in the third period to secure a 3-1 win. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves.

AT RANGERS (W, 4-2)

Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game, but the Kings answered with four straight goals en route to their second straight win. Anze Kopitar registered his second consecutive multi-point game, assisting on the Kings’ second and fourth goals of the evening. Jonathan Quick held off New York’s feisty offense, making 34 saves in the win.

AT ISLANDERS (W, 3-2)

In their final regular season visit to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Kings went out victorious, beating the Islanders 3-2. Nick Shore scored his first-career NHL goal to tie the game in the first period. Tyler Toffoli scored his league-leading fifth shorthanded goal of the season, and Anze Kopitar netted the game-winning goal with 4:23 remaining in regulation to give the Kings their third consecutive victory.

AT MINNESOTA (L, 4-1)

The Kings stumbled for the first time during their road trip Saturday night in Minnesota, falling to the Wild 4-1. Jonathan Quick was pulled after the first period in favor of Martin Jones after stopping seven of the nine shots he faced in the opening frame. Dwight King scored his first goal in 20 games to get the Kings on the board in the second period, but they were unable to get anything else past Devan Dubnyk. Martin Jones finished the game in net for the Kings, stopping nine of the 10 shots he faced.

WHO WAS HOT:

Anze Kopitar recorded points in the first three games during the last week, extending his point streak, which was snapped Saturday in Minnesota, to five games. Kopitar finished the week with two goals, four assist, six shots, three hits, and two blocked shots. Kopitar sealed the Kings’ victory Monday in New Jersey with a third period goal, and netted the game-winner Thursday night against the Islanders.

TENDER SPOT:

Jonathan Quick started all four games for the Kings during the week, posting a 3-1-0 mark, registering a .924 SV% and a 1.42 GAA. Quick was phenomenal in the Kings’ win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, making 34 saves in the Kings’ 4-2 win. Quick was pulled after the first period Saturday in Minnesota, when Darryl Sutter attempted to spark a lethargic Kings roster. Martin Jones provided relief, making his first appearance since March 1. Jones stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

“WOOO YEAHHHHH! ok sorry I’m done…

John Tavares steals Drew Doughty’s stick.

GOAL OF THE WEEK:

Anze Kopitar connects on a quick touch-pass with Marian Gaborik to give the Kings a 2-1 lead in the second period Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

TWEETS OF THE WEEK:

Yes I did capture Toffoli's goal #LAKings

A video posted by Ivan (@ibp726) on

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“We’ve still got a lot of guys who haven’t scored a goal since Jesus was a baby, so we’re probably not doing anything different.” – Darryl Sutter



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