ROYAL ROAD REPORT: ROAD RAGE

Kings are 9-2-1 in their last 12 road games

Wednesday, 02.18.2009 / 11:36 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
By Thomas LaRocca  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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ROYAL ROAD REPORT: ROAD RAGE

Los Angeles and Anaheim met for the final time in 2008-09 with the Kings taking a 4-3 win on the road. There was a lot on the line tonight for the Southern California rivals, as the win brought the Kings to within three points of eighth-place Edmonton, with one game in hand on the Oilers, and narrowed the margin between themselves and ninth-place Anaheim to just two points, with three games in hand on the Ducks (Western Conference Standings)...and there was the little matter of $50,000...more on that later.

Post Game: Terry Murray

The Kings led 2-0, their first lead in the last three games, entering the third period with a 2-1 lead. Ryan Getzlaf's power-play goal tied it early in the third, but Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar added power play goals of their own for an insurmountable 4-2 lead.

"Entering the third period with a one-goal lead, I don't know if we were really comfortable before going into the period, but we kept our composure," Kopitar said. "We got scored on, but we didn't back off. We kept on going, drew some penalties and we capitalized on the power play."

The Kings finished 2-for-6 with the man advantage as Kopitar tallied the game-winner on a 5-on-3 power play, improving the Kings record to 13-1-2 when he scores.

"We had a lot of time on the 5-on-3, we were in the [Ducks zone] pretty much the whole time," Kopitar said. "I think the penalty kill was tired and we were mixing it up and shooting from all over and Brownie made a great play and I was able to get up over [Hiller's] pad."

Kopitar has tallied 8-7=15 over the last 13 games.

CBS LINE STRIKES AGAIN, SCORING 2-4=6...
Jarett Stoll put the Kings on the board with his 15th goal of the season at 12:56 on an assist from Kyle Calder and Brown would later add a power-play goal as the CBS line (Calder, Brown and Stoll) erupted for six points (2-4=6) and has now combined for 17-25=42 in the last 13 games. Brown leads the way with 8-10=18, Stoll has posted 6-9=15 while Calder has tallied 3-6=9 over that span. Calder had just 4-8=12 in 37 games prior to being united with the Stoll and Brown.

KINGS SCORE FIRST = WIN
The previous three games, the Kings had surrendered the first goal of the game, posting an 0-1-2 mark over that span. Tonight, the Kings struck first on Stoll's 15th. The Kings are 22-6-3 when scoring first, but have won just three games and earned points in just nine games in which the opponent has scored first (3-16-6).

"It was poised at the start and I thought very poised in the last four minutes of the game," Head coach Terry Murray said. "That was important for us to show that kind of start. The last three games have not gone the way we'd like in the beginning and there is desperation on both sides. We know that we have three games in hand and this puts us two points behind them with the win. We wanted to have a good start, making sure we were doing the right thing managing the puck.

"It was a heck of a game, it was hard, it was heavy, there were big hits, there was a lot of physical involvement. It was a fun game to be a part of."

TWO FOR GREENER
Defenseman Matt Greene assisted on each of the Kings first two goals, matching his season-high of two assists at Minnesota on Jan. 20. Greene entered the game with just eight points (1-7=8) on the season and 21 (2-19=21) for the stay-at-home defenseman's career. In the last 29 games Greene has 82 hits and 66 blocked shots. Greene leads the team overall with 124 blocked shots, 10th most in the NHL.

FREEWAY FACEOFF
In six games versus the Ducks this season, the Kings have posted a 3-2-1 record (seven points) while Anaheim has posted a 3-3-0 record (six points). As a result, Los Angeles will receive a $50,000 donation, made by the Anaheim Ducks, to the Kings’ charity of choice ...more

"I have never scored a $50,000 goal before," Kopitar said, who scored the game-winning goal.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Kings are 9-2-1 in their last 12 road games, dating back to Dec. 23 in Columbus. During that span Los Angeles has out-scored its opponent 41-28. The Kings were 4-1-0 on their recently concluded road trip, equaling the best-ever five-game road trip record in franchise history (also finished with a 4-1-0 mark in 1976-77, 1990-91 and 2001-02).

"It is a road win. The team has been playing great on the road," goaltender Jonathan Quick, who made 28 saves in the win, said. "We've played great at home, just ran into a couple of hot goalies that stole a couple of games. We are battling here, we're battling for that spot."

The Kings are in the midst of their longest road winning streak since Oct. 29-Nov. 14, 1984, and have a chance to win six in a row at San Jose on Thursday, something the franchise hasn't done since reeling off a franchise-record eight in a row from Dec. 18, 1974-Jan. 16, 1975.

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THIS AND THAT
The two teams combined for 10 shots in the first (Anaheim 6, Los Angeles 4)...entering the game, the Kings had out-shot their opponents, 161-93 over the last four games, an average of 13.4 per period...The Kings finished with just 26 shots on goal, down from an average of 40.1 over the last four games...Mike Brown and Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves at 16:58, each receiving five for fighting...The two teams combined for 42 PIMs on nine penalties each...Teemu Selanne put the Ducks on the board with a power-play goal in the second and has now scored 44-55=99 in just 81 games against the Kings...Entering tonight, the Kings had scored just one goal at Honda Center this season in 120 minutes, they tallied twice in the first 29:18 of the game and four times overall...Kyle Quincey's third-period, power-play assist of Brown's goal put the Kings up, 3-2. Quincey leads the Kings blueliners with 31 points (3-28=31) and has 13 points (1-12=13) in his last 21 games.