Carter, Scrivens, Nielsen named NHL’s three stars of the week

1 Comment

Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter, Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens and Islanders center Frans Nielsen were named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 26, the league announced on Monday.

More:

Carter tied for the League lead with six points (2-4—6) in two outings to help the Kings (6-1-1, 13 points) complete a perfect six-game homestand for the first time in franchise history.

Scrivens posted a 3-0-0 record with a 2.33 goals-against average and .920 save percentage to lead the Oilers (3-4-1, 7 points) to their first three-game winning streak since Jan. 26-29.

Nielsen tied for the League lead with four goals in three games to power the Islanders (6-2-0, 12 points) to a pair of victories, helping the team match its best eight-game start in the last 31 years (2001-02: 6-0-1-1).

Quite the turnaround from Scrivens — his three-game winning streak came after a dreadful start to the season in which he allowed 15 goals on 99 shots (.848 save percentage), and was the goalie of record for three of Edmonton’s five losses to open the campaign.

Kings earn sixth straight win, but lose Kopitar

11 Comments

The Los Angeles Kings earned a 5-2 victory over Columbus Sunday afternoon to extend their winning streak to six games. It came at a price though as Anze Kopitar suffered an upper-body injury, per the Kings’ Twitter feed. That severity is not yet known.

Update: Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after the game that Kopitar is alright. When asked if Kopitar would travel with the team, Sutter repeated his previous statement, per LA Kings Insider.

Kopitar has been a key member of the Kings for years, but their offense has largely come from a different source so far this season. That 70s Line — which consists of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Tanner Pearson — continued to excel by combining for four of the Kings’ goals today.

Pearson in particular stood out with his sixth and seventh goals of the season.

Carter and Toffoli each recorded four points to both finish the day with 12 points in eight contests. Pearson isn’t far behind with nine points in eight games.

Columbus’ Ryan Johansen picked up an assist to extend his season-opening point streak to eight contests. Their play was overshadowed though by the fact that Nick Foligno was taken off the ice on a stretcher after Jeff Carter hit him into the boards along the Kings’ bench, which led to Foligno colliding into a linesman.

The good news is that Foligno was alert and able to talk to the medical staff.

Foligno taken off ice on stretcher after being hit into linesman (Updated)

9 Comments

What started out with a hit that didn’t look that unusual turned ugly quickly in Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Midway through the third period, Kings forward Jeff Carter hit Columbus’ Nick Foligno into the boards along the Kings’ bench. Foligno continued to be pressed against the boards as both players moved forward, but a linesman was sitting on the Kings’ wall to avoid the play. Foligno’s head appeared to collide into the linesman and the 26-year-old forward fell to the ice.

After being evaluated, he was taken off the ice on a stretcher. He was alert and able to speak with the medical staff, per the Blue Jackets’ Twitter feed. He will continue to be examined at the Staples Center.

Update: Blue Jackets president John Davidson said that Foligno “will be fine,” according to the Kings on Twitter.

Video: Kings’ Quick excellent, feisty in shootout, shutout win

4 Comments

Jonathan Quick, to say the least, was involved in the L.A. Kings’ 1-0 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Quick was spectacular, making 43 saves, not allowing a goal in the breakaway competition, to record the shutout. Yes, according to NHL.com, he was named the first star and quite deservedly so. That gives Quick 32 career shutouts, which ties him with Rogie Vachon for first on the Kings’ all-time shutout list, according to the league’s public relations department.

The Kings had only 18 shots on net, none in the overtime, through 65 minutes of hockey. Jeff Carter was the only skater to get the puck past a goalie, scoring in the opening round of the shootout. That was it.

Back to Quick, who has allowed one goal in the last 75 shots he’s faced. Not only did he have to make save after save to keep his team in this one, he didn’t mind sticking up for himself, either.

Quick and Blues forward Alexander Steen got involved in a scuffle in the second period, causing a raucous around the L.A. net and bringing St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott to his hash marks, should the situation have escalated. It didn’t. Quick was assessed a roughing minor and Steen a slashing minor.

Kings re-sign Muzzin: five years, $20 million

8 Comments

The Los Angeles Kings are doing all they can to keep those dynasty talks alive.

On Wednesday, defenseman Jake Muzzin — a key contributor in each of L.A.’s last two playoff runs — was signed to a five-year contract extension, keeping him in L.A. through 2019-20 campaign.

Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the deal is $20 million over five years, good for a $4 million average annual cap hit and a nice raise for Muzzin, who’s in the last of a two-year deal that pays $1M annually. When the extension kicks in, Muzzin — who was a pending RFA — will become the Kings’ third highest-paid defenseman, trailing only Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov.

The 25-year-old has emerged as a quality producer for the Kings since making his NHL debut four season ago. Muzzin recorded a career-high 24 points last year and was fantastic in the playoffs, scoring six goals and 12 points (leading all L.A. defensemen in tallies). The former OHL Sault Ste. Marie product also averaged 23:24 TOI per game in the postseason, second-most on the team.

With Muzzin locked up, the Kings now have the following players under contract through 2019: Muzzin, Doughty, Voynov, Jonathan Quick, Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.