Kings, Quick stifle Jets for sixth win in row

Alex Kinkopf  - | Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 10:31 PM

With a new face in the mix, the Kings looked as comfortable as ever.

Tonight’s 3-1 win against the Jets at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre saw a performance from the Kings that may have just been about as perfect and seamless as you can expect.

The Kings captured their first-ever victory against the Winnipeg Jets tonight. It’s the first time the Kings have been able to beat this franchise since they relocated from Atlanta, Georgia prior to the 2011-2012 season.

Tonight’s first win against the Jets showcased outstanding passing, persistent puck control, quick feet, and balanced scoring as three different Kings players recorded a goal, while five players recorded at least one point.

The tempo was fast-paced from start to finish as the Kings were looking to extend their win streak, the Jets looking to cling to their playoff hopes.

What was a scoreless first period wasn’t one without entertainment. The Kings looked revived in Marian Gaborik’s debut, and came out of the gates in synch, showing excellent team flow and chemistry in the first period, firing 11 shots on Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec.

Winnipeg, though, would find the net first. On botched defensive coverage, Winnipeg’s Olli Jokinen was able to coast freely to the front of Jonathan Quick’s net, receiving and burying a pass from Evander Kane to give the Jets a 1-0 lead with 7:57 left to play in the second period.

The Kings answered immediately.

On the next shift, Slava Voynov hit Jarret Stoll with a lengthy pass, and Stoll drove the puck wide, punched a backhand pass to Dustin Brown, who was driving hard to the net, and Brown snuck the puck past Pavelec to tie the game just :42 seconds after Jokinen gave Winnipeg the lead.

It was Brown’s 12th goal of the season. The Kings’ Captain now has five points (2G, 3A) in the Kings’ five games back from the Olympic break.

Three and a half minutes later, Mike Richards intercepted a cross-ice pass intended for a Jets forward, entered Winnipeg’s zone, and rifled and absolute blistering shot through a Jets defenseman, to the top-shelf past Ondrej Pavelec.

Richards’ 9th goal of the season gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with 3:45 to play in the second frame. It was Richards’ second goal in the past three games.

Alec Martinez padded the Kings’ lead on their fourth power play of the night with his sixth goal of the season, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead with just 4:09 remaining in regulation time.

Martinez’s sixth goal of the season ties his career high. He registered six goals during the 2011-2012 campaign.

Martinez’s goal also provided some due results for a Kings power play that looked much better tonight. Improved shot selection, puck movement and passing was seen throughout the evening from the Kings’ man-advantage units. The Kings registered 13 shots on the power play tonight.

The Kings blew away the Jets in the shot department tonight, outshooting Winnipeg 41-18.

They were disciplined, too. The Kings took only one penalty tonight.

Jonathan Quick, with 17 saves on 18 shots, no has recorded at least one win against every current NHL team.

Marian Gaborik recorded three shots in 16:38 minutes of ice time tonight in his Kings debut. Gaborik also saw plenty of time on the power play, spending 4:36 on the ice with the Kings’ man-advantage units.

Now with six consecutive wins, the Kings record stands at 36-22-6, which is good for 78 points. The Kings sit at sixth-place in the Western Conference, and are 11 points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes for the Pacific Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot.

The Kings now head to Alberta for a pair of games. Their first stop will be in Edmonton Sunday night for a date with the Oilers at Rexall Place at 5:00PM PT.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
12:03WPG Olli Jokinen (15) ASST: Evander Kane (16), Mark Stuart (8) 1 - 0 WPG
12:45LAK Dustin Brown (12) ASST: Jarret Stoll (13), Slava Voynov (21) 1 - 1 Tie
16:15LAK Mike Richards (9) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
15:51LAK PPG - Alec Martinez (6) ASST: NONE 3 - 1 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 41TOI: 58:20
GA: 3EV: 29-31
PIM: 0PP: 9-10
SV%: .927SH: 0-0
Mike Richards
Mike Richards
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:45
Drew Doughty
Drew Doughty
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 0PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 25:42
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:33WPG Andrew Ladd  Boarding against  Jake Muzzin
2nd Period
03:21WPG Evander Kane  Roughing against  Drew Doughty
08:58LAK Drew Doughty  Cross checking against  Bryan Little
3rd Period
04:15WPG Devin Setoguchi  Tripping against  Drew Doughty
13:56WPG Blake Wheeler  Hi-sticking against  Slava Voynov
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/40/1
Faceoff Wins2327
Blocked Shots1623
Penalty Minutes28
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8D. DoughtyD0002225:42
10M. RichardsC1013017:45
11A. KopitarC00-13019:33
12M. GaborikR00-13016:38
13K. CliffordL0014010:19
14J. WilliamsR00-13014:06
22T. LewisC0001010:47
23D. BrownR1013015:18
26S. VoynovD0104024:15
27A. MartinezD1012014:23
28J. StollC0110014:42
33W. MitchellD0011020:21
44R. RegehrD0003018:07
71J. NolanC000008:32
73T. ToffoliC0010014:42
74D. KingL0002015:32
77J. CarterC0015020:04
32J. Quick1718.94459:59
2A. PardyD00-11012:51
5M. StuartD0100021:56
7K. EllerbyD00-11012:40
8J. TroubaD0001023:40
9E. KaneL0107219:50
12O. JokinenC1001018:00
14A. PelusoR000004:59
15M. HalischukR0002014:31
16A. LaddL00-10220:17
18B. LittleC00-11019:54
19J. SlaterC000007:18
26B. WheelerR00-11220:16
27E. TangradiL000004:12
33D. ByfuglienD0001018:13
39T. EnstromD0000022:25
40D. SetoguchiR0000212:22
44Z. BogosianD0001024:19
67M. FrolikR0001016:02
31O. Pavelec3841.92758:20