One particular statistic might as well be printed in capital letters and practically leaps off the page. It resonates even more in a tight, stretch-run situation in which points and wins are carefully hoarded.
His power-play goal from the slot at 8:15 of the third period put the Kings in front for good and they added an empty-netter from
It kept the Kings unbeaten in three games in the span of four days since they returned from the Olympic break, and they've won four straight overall. This was their first game back at
Naturally, Kings goalie
"Huge goal," said Quick, who has allowed just one goal in his two starts since returning from Russia. "Obviously that's what you guys will talk about, the goal. But he played really well in our end and made some big plays, breaking up plays in our end."
The Kings had been 0 for 5 on the power play before Martinez broke the drought.
Martinez has played in 41 of the Kings' 62 games this season. He missed a handful of games before the break because of injury but previously has been in and out of the lineup, handling the fate of a healthy scratch with stoic grace.
"There's certainly a thing that as an athlete getting in a groove helps a lot," he said. "There's a routine. You just kind of have a feeling where things start flowing. You're making the plays you know you can make, the little plays. When you sit out … It's a little different for me because I had an injury too.
"The little things are the last thing to come back, the plays that make a difference. Playing consistently helps with that."
The only goal Quick has allowed since coming back was a bit of a fluke. It was credited to Carolina defenseman
Martinez has played the last two games in place of veteran defenseman
"Just keep mixing those young guys, Cliffy [
The veterans are accustomed to the frantic pace of the final six weeks of the regular season.
"Any time you're on the bubble, especially here in the West, for as long as I've been here it's been an absolute battle to get into the playoffs," Martinez said.
"We're all experienced. We all know what it takes. It's a matter of doing it. You've got to play playoff hockey going into the playoffs. You can't just flip a switch. The year we won it, that's what we did. That's what we've got to do now."