Trevor Lewis

Kings regain playoff spot by crushing Oilers


After losing back-to-back games against Minnesota and Chicago, Los Angeles needed a win tonight against Edmonton. The Kings achieved that in 20 minutes. The remainder of the game was just for fun.

Los Angeles earned a 8-2 victory over Edmonton.

Every single Kings forward recorded at least a point with the lone exception of Nick Shore. Every Los Angeles player had a plus-one rating or better aside from Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, and Jarret Stoll. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Anton Lander were the only Oilers players to finish the contest with a plus/minus rating that wasn’t minus-one or lower.

Ben Scrivens got the start for Edmonton, turning aside 16 of 21 shots before being taken out of the contest. Already down 5-1 through 40 minutes, 23-year-old goaltender Tyler Bunz, who has played in just eight career AHL games, was asked to make his NHL debut against the defending Stanley Cup champions on a night where they were both hungry and clicking.

That went about as well as expected.

The idle Winnipeg Jets dropped their last two games and thanks to that the Kings’ victory tonight was enough for them to jump into the second Wild Card spot. Both squads have 90 points in 77 games, but Los Angeles has a comfortable lead in the tiebreaker ROW.

Winnipeg will have to wait until Saturday’s game against Vancouver for its chance to respond.

Sutter wants more from the ‘guys who haven’t scored in 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 games, whatever it is’


The Los Angeles Kings have tweaked their lines ahead of tonight’s contest versus the Coyotes, with hopes of getting some goals from a few more of their forwards.

“We’ve got guys who haven’t scored in 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 games, whatever it is, and some of them have had zero scoring opportunities for the last five as individuals,” coach Darryl Sutter said, per LA Kings Insider.

Sutter didn’t name names, but winger Dustin Brown has gone without a goal in his last 11 games, while winger Dwight King has gone goalless in 13.

This morning, Brown was skating on the first line with Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar, while King was on the third line with Nick Shore and Justin Williams. The second line had Trevor Lewis, Jeff Carter, and Tyler Toffoli, with Kyle Clifford, Andy Andreoff, and Jordan Nolan comprising the fourth.

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Video: Jets and Kings get physical in the second


With the Jets leading the Kings 3-1 in the second period things got physical in Winnipeg.

It started after Matt Greene checked Mark Scheifele with a hit he didn’t particularly care for and escalated when Scheifele responded with an open hit on Trevor Lewis.

Brayden McNabb stepped in to challenge Scheifele and was met by Dustin Byfuglien.

Have a look:

McNabb picked up an extra two minutes for roughing on the play.

Kings maintain much needed hot streak by besting Capitals


Just when it was starting to look like the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings wouldn’t even make the playoffs, they’ve managed to breathe new life into their season. Los Angeles earned a 3-1 victory over Washington tonight to walk away with their fourth straight win.

That’s the Kings’ longest winning streak since they claimed six games consecutively from Oct. 12-26. It also comes at a critical time as Minnesota has been red hot while Winnipeg has rebounded and Calgary continues to hold its own. Those three squads are among the Kings’ chief rivals in the Wild Card race and they would have given up two points worth of ground to all three of them tonight if the Kings didn’t beat Washington.

Los Angeles has goaltender Jonathan Quick to thank for Saturday’s outcome as he turned aside 27 of 28 shots. The Kings also got offensive contributions from rare sources as Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, and Jarret Stoll each found the back of the net.

Washington fell to 1-1-0 in its challenging four-game road trip. It will continue with a game against Anaheim on Sunday and then a contest in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Kings win Cup, Martinez the OT hero

“I blacked out. I don’t really remember. I think I threw my gear. I don’t know. I just remember everyone coming at me and I couldn’t breathe.”

That was L.A. defenseman Alec Martinez, speaking about his goal at 14:43 of double overtime in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which gave the Kings their second championship in three years.

It was, as you’d expect, quite the moment. And even though Martinez said he couldn’t remember exactly what happened, all he needed to do was rely on memory — last spring, the 27-year-old rearguard had plenty of experience scoring huge goals in extra time.

Twelve days prior to his Cup-winner, Martinez won the Western Conference Final against Chicago in remarkably similar fashion, with this tally in overtime of Game 7:

“He’s the magic man, I guess,” Kings forward Trevor Lewis said, per “He’s played unbelievable for us. I can’t say enough about him.”

Magic indeed.

The playoff run was filled with historical benchmarks for both Los Angeles and Martinez. The Kings became just the fourth team in NHL history to rally from 0-3 down in their opening-round win over the Sharks, then became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s (on the road, no less) in the same playoff season to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

Martinez, meanwhile, went from being an occasional occupant in head coach Darryl Sutter’s doghouse — he was a healthy scratch 10 times during the regular season — to a part of hockey folklore.  The Michigan native became just the 16th player in NHL history to score a Cup-winning goal in overtime, and one of only four defensemen — Bobby Orr, Bill Barilko and Uwe Krupp are the others — to accomplish the feat.

Martinez, though, wasn’t interested in claiming his stake for fame.

“It’s not about me or the goal. It’s about the L.A. Kings and the guys in that room,” he said following the Cup-winning goal. “We did something special. We knew we were a good team.

“Now we know we’re a great team.”