After a week of disappointing losses, the Los Angeles Kings finally pulled away with a victory against the Colorado Avalanche after a wild shootout that gave the team a 3-2 win. Center Jeff Carter helped instigate the rebellion, and played a strong game from the opening moments.
The 28 year-old center, clocking in at 6’4” and 210 pounds, has played consistently all season, scoring a whopping 23 goals to tie in third in the NHL, and come in first with game-winning goals with seven. Carter has appeared in all 41 games of the season so far.
Last night, he scored his 24th. Carter now has five assists, and ties right wing Justin Williams for third on the Kings in terms of points, only trailing behind center Anze Kopitar at this point, who has 36 points racked up. Carter is still tied for third in the NHL with New York Islanders center John Tavares, but with this level of playing, Carter will likely pass him in the coming games.
After scoring that sweet 24th goal, Carter managed to score again during the momentous shootout against the Avalanche, which kept Kings fans on the edge of their seats during the final seconds of the tied game. That goal was against Avalanche goalie Jean-Sébastien Giguère, who came in late during the Kings’ 3-3 shootout when Avalanche goalie Sami Aittokallio went out with cramps in both legs.
With this win, the Kings are back in fourth place in the Western Conference – keep in mind that the Avalanche are in last place. But the real standout of the game, and of the Kings is Carter, who has nowhere to go but up at this point. Carter is the third place goal scorer of the entire NHL, and with time left in the season, he can continue to rise in the ranks to improve both his own standing, and maybe even the Kings’ ranking in the Western Conference as well.