Postgame notes (2/16)

– The Kings are 1-4-2 in their last seven home games.

– The 12 combined goals in regulation was a season high for a game involving the Kings this season. Previously, the Kings and Colorado combined for 11 goals in a 6-5 Kings victory on Jan. 21 in Denver.

– The Kings tied a season high by scoring six goals. They have now done it four times this season, most recently in a 6-5 victory at Coloardo on Jan. 21.

– The Kings tied a season-worst by allowing six goals in regulation. They have now allowed six goals four times this season, most recently in a 6-4 loss to Detroit on Dec. 20.

– The Kings lost one point in the playoff race today. With 57 points, they’re now five points out of eighth place and only four points ahead of Colorado, which is in last place in the West with 53 points.

– The Kings outshot the Thrashers 45-27, including 19-4 in the third period.

– Anze Kopitar had two goals and two assists. It was the second four-point game of Kopitar’s career. He had four assists in an 8-2 victory over Buffalo on Dec. 6, 2007.

– Alexander Frolov had one goal and two assists. (Frolov was initially credited with three assists, but one of them — on the Kings’ final goal — was later changed to Michal Handzus)

– Erik Ersberg, who got in a game for the first time since Jan. 17. Jonathan Quick started and was pulled after Atlanta scored three goals on its first seven shots. Ersberg stopped 17 of 20 shots.

– Jack Johnson led the Kings in ice time with a season-high 26:50. Patrick O’Sullivan led all forwards at 24:40. Johnson had one goal and one assist for his first career multi-point game. O’Sullivan had two assists.

– Denis Gauthier scored his first goal since Jan. 31, 2005, when he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. He had gone 124 games without a goal.

– Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty each had two assists.

– The Kings scored a season high four power-play goals.

– The Kings have out-shot their opponent 161-93 in the last four games.

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  • MagicArc

    Its heartbreaking to see we’re doing so much right, we just cant seem to put it all together….D is solid with Shots allowed, offense is putting the puck out there with SOG….we just cant seem to get all cylinders firing at once.

    Heartbreaking loss tonight. Still think we should have left quick in…He’s probably tired but still wouldnt have let as many easy ones through as Iceberg.

  • anthony

    At least we got a point. But Edmonton got 2 tonight and are starting to pull away with the 8th spot.

    Looks like TM’s title as a defensive coach is becoming a myth and an illusion. TM ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing an offensive on-slaught for 60 straight minutes.
    He’s no defensive genius, he’s overated.

  • Harry

    MagicArc, It was a good idea pulling Quick out of net…Plus, Iceberg had not played since Jan 17…We needed some type of change on the ice with 3 goals down in the first……..

    Also Rich, aren’t we 3-3 goals scored when the goalie pulled?

  • 28 KINGS

    “He’s no defensive genius, he’s overated.”
    Who said he was a defensive genius?

  • Shaddow44

    Absolutely brutal holding penalty by Goat that sets up a 5 on 3 that leads to a goal within what, 5 seconds? guy was an absolute disaster all night long. The goaltenting was a little shaky, but both guys got hung out to dry several times last night. Home Plate, guys Home Plate.

  • Shaddow44

    Absolutely brutal holding penalty by Goat that sets up a 5 on 3 that leads to a goal within what, 5 seconds? guy was an absolute disaster all night long. The goaltenting was a little shaky, but both guys got hung out to dry several times last night. Home Plate, guys Home Plate.

  • brianguy

    twice on this blog I said to start Ersberg… not saying the result would’ve been a win, and I’m sure he wanted that shootout winner back, but it obviously couldn’t have hurt. and I don’t blame Quick for all 3 of the early goals (one in particular, the man was wide open on the left side with an easy goal) but he clearly wasn’t as sharp and wearing down just slightly as I suspected.

  • brianguy

    “Its heartbreaking to see we’re doing so much right, we just cant seem to put it all together….D is solid with Shots allowed, offense is putting the puck out there with SOG….we just cant seem to get all cylinders firing at once. ”

    I would love to see the stats on turnovers/giveaways, there were at least 30 by the Kings which was their big problem last night. it was just ridiculous… had to be a season high. and I think I counted about 3 hits by our boys in the game. 3???

  • brianguy

    here are the official event stats for the game if anyone’s keeping track.

    Hits:
    Atlanta 40, Kings 22
    (22 seems like a big reach, then again so is 40. sometimes it helps being at home I suppose. Quincey (4) and Stoll (3) led the team in that stat)

    Giveaways:
    Atlanta 15, Kings 17
    (my guesstimate of 30 for L.A. was a bit high but again have to wonder who is counting)

    Takeaways:
    Atlanta 4, Kings 7

    took a bit of effort to locate, but found it here:
    http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/ES020846.HTM