A couple of takeaways after Milan Lucic’s return to Boston and before the Kings leave for the next portion of their seven-game trip — three games in the New York area.
Keeping Elias busy: The Elias Sports Bureau, that is. The offensive output by the Kings on Tuesday night had the good folks at the bureau dispensing all sorts of statistics.
The Kings did their best to hit the 60-shots-on-goal mark but came up three shy. Their franchise record is 59, during a 7-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in 1992.
(That game was so long ago, the Sharks were still playing in the Cow Palace. Kings goalie Robb Stauber faced 40 shots.)
According to Elias, the combined shot total by the Kings and Bruins (94) was the most since Boston and Ottawa recorded 97 on April 2, 2013.
Putting the balance in balanced scoring: There were nine different goal-scorers, and, oddly enough, center Anze Kopitar was not one of them.
He succeeded, however, in getting the first assist on linemate Lucic’s goal in the third period. Kopitar had one assist and was a plus-two. Defenseman Drew Doughty had a goal and assist and was a team-high plus-three.
Lucic’s memorable night
Afterward, Lucic was asked if it got a little awkward, playing in a blowout against his former teammates and close friends.
The Bruins, one by one, kept calling the loss “embarrassing,” which pretty much summed it up. Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara said they were “absolutely embarrassed.”
Business, however, is business. Even against former teammates.
“You’re here to win a game,” Lucic said. “You win by one, you win by seven. Doesn’t matter, a win’s a win. So if it was 3-2 you’re still happy about the win. So I guess you can’t feel too bad. You come in here and, like I said, trying to get those bragging rights and have it over your former teammates. It was a full team effort from the net out and I was glad to get that win.”