But there were also some interesting numbers that came out of the contest, with
Doughty celebrated with an assist, giving him four points in his last four games.
Here's what else we learned:
Defensemen are people too
Sutter has been critical of his forward lines lately, shuffling the rotations and even dropping struggling captain
Two of the goals went to
"It's good to see Robyn and Greene score," Sutter said. "They don't get much credit and they can give you the blue-collar [effort] every night. They are our two most consistent defensemen for sure."
Willie Mitchell: Gone but not forgotten
Mitchell, a two-time
When the Panthers arrived at the Staples Center late Tuesday afternoon Sutter presented him with his championship ring. And during the first stoppage in play, the Kings ran a short montage on the video screen accompanied by the theme song from "Welcome Back Kotter."
"I think I was OK with it," Mitchell said of his emotions. "I just tried to play a simple game and not do anything outside my element."
But Kings forward Anze Kopitar said his former teammate was clearly touched by the homecoming gestures and struggled to keep his composure.
"It seemed like he was holding it back a little bit," Kopitar said. "It was good to see him for sure."
Not surprisingly Mitchell, a defensemen, played well. He was on the ice for just one of the Kings' five goals.
There's still plenty of room for improvement
That's Sutter's take anyway. Because while the Kings got better as the game wore on – or perhaps the young Panthers simply got weaker – it was still far from a complete effort. In the first period, only some slick goaltending by Jonathan Quick kept the Kings from being burned on their penalty kill.
In the second period, the Kings took over the game but it was the third period that most impressed the coach.