A few more takeaways after Tuesday night’s victory, before the
Back in the New York groove
Nothing quite like being in the New Jersey/New York area to lift the Kings' spirits and level of play. They are on the verge of sweeping the three teams in the area, which would be a repeat of last season's run here.
Of note: They arrived here last season facing a different kind of dire situation. It wasn’t playoff-related, of course, but it had to do with the immediate future of starting goalie
There were questions as to how they would fare without Quick. Goalie
This time, Quick and the Kings were coming off a disheartening loss to Vancouver on Saturday afternoon, losing ground in the playoff race. But they responded with wins on back-to-back nights and the Kings pulled even in points with Calgary for third in the
MVK … Most Valuable Kopitar
Kopitar has stepped up on the trip with five points in two nights, including four assists. He had a hand in every goal in the victory against the Devils and his linemate,
“His possession game is great and he’s making plays,” Gaborik said. “He’s good in all three zones. Again, a great pass to me there and a great pass to Muzz (
The Elias Sports Bureau crunched the numbers and noted that Kopitar, who had just seven assists in his first 28 games, has recorded 37 assists in the next 42.
The quick strike ability of
Kings center Jeff Carter is like one of those star soccer strikers in Europe, largely unnoticed for close to 85 minutes, in an important derby match.
Then in the 89th minute, it's all over with a quick flick.
Carter didn’t need that long against the Rangers but scored what turned out to be the game-winner at 1:05 of the third period, needing an instant in front to redirect it, off a slick set-up from