LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth scored goals while Jonathan Quick stopped twenty shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on February 2.
After a scoreless first period, Kopitar opened the scoring on a two-on-one shorthanded break at 16:43 of the second period.
Smyth scored his 17th goal of the season at 11:14 of the third period, taking a nice pass from winger Dustin Brown after a turnover by the Rangers in the neutral zone.
Quick has now won seven consecutive games, and has earned a 1.95 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in that span.
The Kings have won their last seven games and are 9-1 in their last ten games after losing three straight games to the Detroit Red Wings on January 7, the St. Louis Blues on January 9 and the San Jose Sharks on January 11.
- The Kings have won seven straight games. The Kings’ franchise record is eight (1991-92 and 1972-73).
- The last time the Kings won seven in a row was February 18 to March 2, 1991.
- The Kings are 9-1-0 in their last ten games.
- The Kings (34-19-3) have 71 points. They are tied with the 1980-81 club for the second-best record after 56 games.
- The Kings have reached the 34-win total quicker than any other previous Kings team.
- The Kings are 27-4-3 when scoring first and 21-0-0 when leading after two periods.
- The Kings are 19-8-3 in one-goal games.
- Kopitar scored his 24th goal of the season, extending his point streak to seven games (five goals, six assists for eleven points). His career-high for a point streak is eight games (November 28 – December 12, 2007).
- Quick’s seven-game winning streak ties a Kings goaltender record (Kelly Hrudey won seven in a row in 1991-92 and Rob Stauber won seven in a row in 1992-93). Quick is also 12-3-0 in his last fifteen games.
- Quick has 54 career wins, tied with Gary Edwards for seventh on the all-time Kings list. His 32 wins this season are three away from tying Mario Lessard’s single-season record set in 1980-81.
- Sean O’Donnell earned his 200th career National Hockey League point with his assist on Smyth’s goal.
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Anze Kopitar (3:08)
Ryan Smyth (1:48)
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