As the calendar year ended for the Kings, two characteristics continued to stand out going into the new year: Their best players come through on an almost nightly basis, as does their clutch play in the third period.
Drew Doughty made up for a rare embarrassing defensive miscue with the game-winning goal, and the Kings pushed their aggregate third-period scoring edge to 50-24 this season with two goals in Saturday’s 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks.
Here’s what we learned:
This was one of the Kings’ more balanced games of late.
All four lines rolled well and the Kings mostly got their checking game back in order. They wobbled some and...