The Kings’ outstanding run to secure their second Stanley Cup Championship in three seasons was sparked by their knack to find back of the net, averaging in with an astounding 3.38 goals scored each contest during their exhausting 26-game long haul.
The blue-line corps wasn’t hesitant to lend a hand.
Defenseman Jake Muzzin’s four point outpour (2G, 2A) during Games 2, 3, and 4 of the Kings’ Western Conference Final series against the Chicago Blackhawks led the club to three straight wins, finally solving a foe that had haunted this team for seasons’ past.
Muzzin, in Games 2, 3, and 4 against Chicago, had a hand in every single game-winning goal, dishing out the primary assist on two game-winners, while rocketing home a game-winning goal himself, propelling the Kings to a 3-1 series lead over the Blackhawks.
In the Kings’ Game 2 win on May 21 at Chicago’s United Center, Muzzin laced home the Kings’ third goal of the evening, amidst a six unanswered goal stretch for the Kings, who ultimately won the game 6-2, tying the series 1-1.
On a power play just minutes into the third period, Alec Martinez handled the puck atop Chicago’s zone, faked a shot, found Muzzin with a pass to the left, who initially faked a return pass to Martinez himself, then planted and screamed a shot to the top left corner and past Corey Crawford to give the Kings a 3-2 lead.
SITTING IN THE CORNER
Three nights later on May 24 in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center during Game 3, Muzzin provided the primary assist on Drew Doughty’s game-winning goal in the Kings’ 4-3 win. Off of an offensive zone faceoff with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation time, Muzzin received Jarret Stoll’s clean face-off win atop the left point.
He knew where he was going with the puck before it even reached his stick. Muzzin immediately fed Drew Doughty a pass across the top of the zone, and Doughty walked in and fired an absolute rocket past Corey Crawford, giving the Kings a 4-2 lead.
MUZZIN WITHOUT A DOUGHT
Two nights later on May 26 during Game 4 back at STAPLES Center, Jake Muzzin buried the first goal of the night, and shortly after laid out the primary assist for Dustin Brown’s game-winning goal – all in the first 16 minutes of the game.
Muzzin beat Corey Crawford with a seeing-eye wrister during a first period power play as the Blackhawks scratched and scraped in desperate, but failed attempts to clear their own zone.
Minutes later, on another power play, Muzzin shoved a wrist shot to the front of Chicago’s net, which bounced around traffic in front of Corey Crawford, finding Dustin Brown, who slammed the loose puck home to give the Kings their third goal of the evening.