Here’s what we learned from the
The Kings might not score much, but they can score in bunches
After 57 mostly sleepy minutes in which the Kings got a goal on a long shot by
Kopitar's return was welcome
Kopitar had an assist and a plus -two defensive rating in 19 minutes and 1 second of ice time in his first game since Nov. 11 at Ottawa. "It felt good," he said. "I missed five games, so it always shows. Maybe it didn't show, but I definitely felt that I missed five games. I'm pretty happy where I was, but I can still play better, and I'll try to do that the next game."
The power play still isn't producing much
It ranked 26th in the
"We've been talking that we don't have to get a ton of power-play goals," Kopitar said. "Obviously it helps and we would like to, but if we build good momentum off it that obviously helps, too. I think it was three or four or maybe even five times this year where we didn't get the credit for the power-play goal, but we scored within five seconds of the guy coming out of the box. That shows that we've been gaining momentum. We want to score power-play goals, too, because everybody's looking at the numbers, and at the end of the day even the coaches are grumpy when they look at the numbers and they're not very good. So we want to get that going again. At the end of the day, the two points are the thing that matter."
Sutter praised the team's work ethic and execution against a team that he said stacked defenders at the blue line and made the Kings put pucks into the zone. "We get it back and we scored two," he said, referring to their first and third goals.