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As a Kings fan, I’m sure you’re nothing less that ecstatic about their playoff run so far. If you’re like me, you don’t even know how to control the overjoy you’re feeling to see the team finally come together and produce great chemistry on the ice.
With a 6-1 postseason record against the first and third best overall teams in the league, Los Angeles is getting on the map after years of people not knowing their team existed. Here’s a look at who’s been really hot throughout the playoffs:
1. Jonathan Quick – A top contender for the Vezina Trophy, Quick has been nothing short of outstanding and is truly the sole responsibility for the Kings making it to the playoffs in the first place. For a team that was considered the worst offensive team in the league for the majority of the season, it was a huge deal they made it to the playoffs in the first place and it was all thanks to Quick’s save percentage of .929 during the regular season. He’s now surpassed those numbers, holding a .955 SV% throughout the postseason. In my opinion, he’s definitely the top contender for the Vezina over Henrik Lundqvist and Pekka Rinne. I may be a bit biased, but no other team in the league has relied on their goaltender the way the Kings have.
2. Dustin Brown – The Los Angeles captain has really stepped up during the playoffs, recording four goals (two of them shorthanded) and five assists in his last seven games, earning himself a plus-8 rating. He sure has had a tendency to get under the skin of the opposing team, acting as a strong physical force as well.
Speaking of physical force, that brings me to my third player. The player I’m beyond excited to say has had a spectacular postseason. It’s none other than…
3. Dustin Penner – That’s right folks. Our favorite pancake-eating jokester has finally clicked in Los Angeles. He’s earned two goals and four assists during the playoffs, recording a plus-5 rating. Seriously, Dustin Penner. He’s had a strong physical presence on the ice and has been a driving force throughout the past seven games. I really hope this means he’ll receive a contract extension over the offseason.
4. Anze Kopitar – After Monday night’s huge shorthanded goal against the Blues, I had to add Kopitar to the list. He’s recorded six points during the postseason with three goals and three assists, and really stepped up in round two of the playoffs.
Game 3 against the Blues will be Thursday night at 7:00 PST.