This was the way the
They overcame an early deficit Saturday against San Jose, capitalized on their power plays, took only two minor penalties and stifled a high-scoring opponent to win a division game, returning from their four-day Christmas break to impose their will on the
Tyler Toffoli scored from close range in the first period, Anze Kopitar converted a rebound during a power play in the middle period and
"This is how we want to play, right there," said Kings defenseman
And unlike their final game before the break —a late collapse in a 4-3 loss to Calgary — the Kings held onto this one.
"It's the type of game we need to play here, with a lot of hockey coming up. It's four-point games here," Greene said. "We gave one away before Christmas. We wanted to make sure we got this one."
They got it with a thorough effort.
"I think everyone, every line, every defenseman, I think everyone played well and that's what we need to do," defenseman
Energized by the rest they enjoyed during the
The Kings pulled even at 14:04 on Toffoli's goal, but the best part of the play was the setup pass from defenseman
The Kings converted their second advantage to take a 2-1 lead. Kopitar, who had been cut on the right ear by a high stick earlier in the period and briefly went to the locker room, returned in time to swoop on the rebound of a shot by
Muzzin's blast from the left circle at 3:18 of the third period, assisted by Kopitar and Doughty, gave the Kings a two-goal cushion.
"We need special teams to play like we did tonight," Kopitar said after the game. "And I think just puck management, the puck possession game, that's the biggest thing for us.
"...Everybody says the best defense is offense so you keep the puck away from them, you keep it to yourself, it's the best thing to do."