LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar scored two goals and added an assist, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown both scored their eighth goals of the season, and Drew Doughty added a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 rout of the lowly New York Islanders in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 13.
After Kopitar got the Kings off to a fast start with two goals in the first 5:02 of the first period, Islanders center Rob Schremp cut the Kings’ lead in half at the 5:39 mark.
But that would be it for the Islanders, who had lost nine straight games going into this game and were ranked dead last in the overall National Hockey League standings.
Williams gave the Kings a 3-1 lead at 3:15 of the second period, the goal matching his personal point scoring streak record at nine games. During the streak, Williams has scored six goals and has tallied five assists for eleven points.
Approaching the midpoint of the third period, Brown had a step on the defense when he was tripped, and was awarded a penalty shot. He beat Isles goaltender Dwayne Roloson between his leg pads at the 7:46 mark.
Doughty closed out the scoring at 15:29, firing a wrist shot from the left circle off a hard, cross-ice pass from Kopitar. The goal was Doughty’s first of the season.
Jonathan Quick, who has stopped 108 of the last 111 shots he has faced (.973 save percentage), made 18 saves on the night, and is now 10-1-0 on the season in eleven games (669 minutes played) with a 1.52 goals-against average, a .944 save percentage and one shutout.
Quick’s 10-1-0 start is a franchise best for a Kings goalie after eleven decisions. The previous mark was held by Robb Stauber in the 1992-93 season when he went 9-1-1.
- With a 12-3-0 record (24 points), the Kings lead the Pacific Division and the Western Conference standings. The Kings and Philadelphia Flyers (11-4-2) are one point behind the Washington Capitals (12-4-1), who lead the overall league standings.
- The Kings’ twelve wins and 24 points after 15 games is a new franchise record. The previous record is eleven wins and 23 points in 1980-81, when the Kings were 11-3-1.
- The Kings also set a new franchise record with their eighth straight win at home to start the season. The previous record was seven, set in 1975-76 and 1980-81.
- The Kings’ longest home unbeaten streak to start a season is nine games, set in 1979-80, when they were 5-0-4. Their longest overall home winning streak overall is twelve, set October 10 to December 5, 1992.
- This is the second time in club history the Kings have swept a five-game homestand. The other came November 8 – 20, 1990.
- The Kings have won six straight games overall, tied for the seventh longest in franchise history. The club record in nine, set January 21 to February 6, 2010.
- The Kings outscored their opponents 16-4 on their five-game homestand.
- The last time the Kings allowed two goals in a game was October 28, 2010 at Dallas.
- The last Kings player to have a ten-game point streak was Craig Conroy (December 23, 2005 to January 12, 2006).
- Kopitar has 16 points in the last 14 games on six goals and ten assists. His second goal in this game was the 300th point in his NHL career.
- The Kings are 64-27-10 when Kopitar scores a goal.
- Jack Johnson has twelve points in the last nine games on a goal and eleven assists.
- Right wing enforcer Kevin Westgarth was involved in his first two fights this season, the first against Isles left wing Matt Martin, and the second against Isles heavyweight enforcer Zenon Konopka, who leads the NHL with 84 penalty minutes and eight major penalties.
- The Kings, who lead the NHL in penalty-killing with a 92.2 percent rating, have killed 22 straight penalties and remain the only team in the NHL to have allowed a power-play goal at home. Opposing teams have had 31 power play opportunities at Staples Center this season, each one thwarted.
Raw audio Interviews (edited to remove extraneous material and dead air):
Anze Kopitar (2:29)
Dustin Brown (3:21)
Terry Murray (9:07)
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Great article !!! We are a hard team to deal with because we are getting scoring from all 4 lines. Other teams can’t come in and shut down one guy, because someone will pick up the slack. The only thing I see lacking is the power play.
Go KIngs !!!