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Quick, Kopitar reach milestones in Kings win against Oilers

Goalie gets shutout for 300th NHL victory, forward scores 300th NHL goal

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

Kopitar's 300th career goal

EDM@LAK: Kopitar scores short side for 300th goal

Anze Kopitar receives Dustin Brown's cross-ice feed and jams home his 300th career goal, putting the Kings up by four in the 3rd

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LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick and Anze Kopitar each reached an NHL milestone for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center on Saturday.

Quick became the fifth United States-born goalie with 300 wins, making 16 saves in his 51st NHL shutout for the Kings (17-23-3).

Quick reached the milestone in 575 NHL games, the second-fewest to Ryan Miller among U.S.-born goalies. Miller won his 300th in his 566th game.

 

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Kopitar scored his 300th NHL goal to become the first Slovenia-born player to reach the mark and the fifth Kings player. It was his 964th NHL game.

"I mean, it's tough to kind of look at in the moment," Quick said. "In the moment, you know, you're trying to get back towards the playoffs here. That's all the focus is. All that extra stuff is cool and all, but it doesn't mean much unless you're playing for the Cup and that's what we want to do."

Video: EDM@LAK: Kopitar scores 300th, Quick wins 300th

Connor McDavid had his streak of multipoint games end at five for the Oilers (19-19-3). Mikko Koskinen allowed three goals on eight shots in the first period before being replaced by Cam Talbot, who made 14 saves in relief.

Edmonton has lost seven of its past eight games and allowed four or more goals in each of the defeats.

"We had one player show up and play," Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Darnell Nurse was our best player by a mile. He was one of the most competitive players on the ice and that's all we had. We didn't compete. Their best players were their best players."

Kyle Clifford put the Kings in front 1-0 at 3:15 of the first period.

Tyler Toffoli made it 2-0 at 9:35, getting Koskinen to commit before cutting inside and scoring his second goal in the past 25 games.

Video: EDM@LAK: Toffoli finds twine after forcing turnover

Koskinen was pulled after Jeff Carter made it 3-0 at 13:57. It was the third even-strength goal in the past 42 games for Carter.

The Kings had scored 22 first-period goals coming into the game, second-fewest in the NHL behind the Dallas Stars.

"We didn't compete, so this is on everybody," Hitchcock said. "Everybody. When you have one player that competes at a high level in a game like this it can't be acceptable. There's been too much of this going on in the first 41 games. We win one and then we take our foot off the gas, and that's exactly what we did."

Kopitar increased the lead to 4-0 at 10:15 of the third period. He joined Luc Robitaille, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Bernie Nichols in scoring 300 goals for the Kings.

"I was hoping it was going to come a little bit earlier than that, but it's here and I'm pretty proud of that," Kopitar said.

Kopitar retrieved the puck at the end of the game for Quick, who is the 36th goalie in NHL history with 300 wins and is tied for 25th in NHL career shutouts.

"I didn't realize it until the very end," Kopitar said of Quick's 300th win. "It's great for Quickie obviously, and he's in my mind the best goalie in the world. It's very comforting to have him back there and a privilege to play in front of him."

Video: Quick earns Saturday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

 

They said it

"I've only been here [21] games and I see the situation motivates them. We lose, we get embarrassed, we get motivated, and that isn't a playoff team. That isn't a playoff attitude, and we have to change. But this can't be acceptable." -- Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock

 

"As far as 300 wins, it's the group of guys I've been able to be lucky enough to play with over the last 11 years, or whatever it's been. Hopefully we keep going. We want to win some more games." -- Kings goalie Jonathan Quick

Video: EDM@LAK: Quick sprawls to make acrobatic save

 

Need to know

Forward Dustin Brown played his 1,078th NHL game, passing Robitaille for the second-most in Kings history. Taylor is first with 1,111. … Quick needs one win to tie Mike Richter (301) for fourth-most by a U.S.-born goalie. Miller is tied with John Vanbiesbrouck (374). Tom Barrasso is next with 369. … Kings forward Carl Hagelin was plus-1 in 15:03 after missing 20 games with a sprained knee. … The Kings improved to 6-0-0 when leading after the first period. … Oilers forward Alex Chiasson returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

 

What's next

Oilers: At the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; SN, SN360, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the San Jose Sharks on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, NHL.TV)

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