After the Phoenix Coyotes scored a fourth consecutive goal to turn a 4-0 Kings lead into an unwanted October gag Thursday night, Sutter called time out.
Defenseman Drew Doughty couldn't remember a word that was said, but he knew his marching orders: Phoenix won't score again.
"I was just kind of thinking to myself, 'I've got to get this team back going, show my leadership,'" Doughty said.
On the heels of goals in back-to-back games, Doughty assisted on Matt Frattin's goal later in the third period and finished with a plus-four goal differential in his team-highest 27 minutes 23 seconds of ice time.
"You've just got to stay positive," Doughty said. " … I'm trying to play hard defense, that's what the team wants me to do, and trying to do more on the offensive end."
Maybe it was his plate-breaking charity shooting on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earlier in the week.
Kings center Anze Kopitar said he did nothing else to vary his preparation before finally breaking his 26-game regular-season scoring drought with a power-play goal 42 seconds into the Kings' victory.
"I ate the same pregame meal and everything," Kopitar said. "Nothing was really … different, but I didn't hit the post tonight and it's nice to get the first one."
Whatever it was, the Kings (7-4) need that potent scoring touch back. Kopitar had five consecutive seasons with 25 or more goals before last year's lockout-shortened campaign.
Sutter said Kopitar's breakthrough is "really good" for a team playing four of its next six games against Pacific Division rivals. Only Tuesday's game against Phoenix is on the road.
"It's nice," Kopitar said. "I've been too close too many times now."
Break on through
After training camp, Sutter praised Dwight King as the team's most consistent left wing.
"It's really good to see … Kinger gets rewarded for a lot of work … the grunt work, right?" Sutter said.
King's first career hat trick was capped by an empty-net goal. Kings center Jarret Stoll said teammates wanted King to relish the moment.
"He usually has that smile on his face 24/7, but he wasn't smiling too much when he came back to the bench" after the empty-net goal, Stoll said. "I said, 'Kinger, where's that smile? You just got a hat trick!' I think he was trying to be a 50-goal scorer."
King reluctantly put a Kings hat on for the cameras after the game and humbly described his performance. "Just tried to get there before" Phoenix goalie Mike Smith "was set."
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