There will be more about his topic later online at www.dailynews.com/sports and in print in the Los Angeles News Group newspapers Monday, but the Kings escaped last place in goals for when they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday for their third consecutive win and their fifth in their last six games. The Kings reached 40 goals in their 16th game of the season, passing the Minnesota Wild (37 goals as of Sunday morning), the Avalanche (39) and the Nashville Predators (39). The Kings also tied the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Edmonton Oilers.
Jarret Stoll played a fine game Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. He did a nice job analyzing what went right for the Kings during their 4-1 victory, and during a hot streak in which they have won three in a row and five of their last six. Here’s more:
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Here’s what Jarret Stoll had to say Saturday afternoon about the Kings gaining confidence as they pick up victories: “Confidence is a funny thing. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what kind of team you have, whether you’ve won or you’ve lost. Sometimes you have an eight- or nine-game winning streak and you lose one and all of a sudden your confidence dips a lot. It’s one of those things that’s funny. You’ve got to just work hard to keep it. Once you have it, you just have to roll with it and try to play well with it and get as many wins as you can.”
Kings coach Darryl Sutter offered one reason for the team’s three-game winning streak and five victories in the last six games. Sutter said after Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, “I think the competition between our goaltenders the last seven games has been significant to our team’s success. I think both guys are playing really well, and we want them to play really well to give us a chance to be a playoff team.”
The only consistency the Kings could find in their play to start the season was inconsistency. Then they faced the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center and something clicked during their third consecutive win.
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The Kings led 4-1 going into the third period, taking advantage of some lackluster goaltending from Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov. The Avalanche got within 2-1 after Milan Hejduk scored a power-play goal only 1:16 into the second period, but it didn’t take long before the Kings answered.
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Dustin Brown scored on the Kings’ first shot in the first minute of the game, whistling a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past goalie Semyon Varlamov. Brown nearly had a second goal later in the period, but clanged another shot from dangerous territory off the post.
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The Kings play 13 of their next 16 games at home, starting with a Saturday matinee against the Colorado Avalanche. The Kings began their defense of the Stanley Cup by playing 11 of their first 15 games on the road and getting off to a lackluster start to the lockout-shortened season.
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The question Friday was specifically about the struggles of Kings forward Dwight King. But coach Darryl Sutter used it as a chance to speak about the overall lack of scoring depth from the Kings to start the season. He wouldn’t single out King.
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Drew Doughty played on a World Junior championship team with Canada in 2008, a gold medal-winning team in the 2010 Olympics and a Stanley Cup title team with the Kings in 2012. He also was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2010.
Is he ready for a new role as a mentor to the Kings’ Kiddie Korps on the blue line?
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