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by Paul on 05/25/14 at 10:54 AM ET
KINGS’ SURGING OFFENSE LEADS TO GAME 3 VICTORY
The Los Angeles Kings scored three consecutive goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit, capped off by Drew Doughty’s first career playoff game-winner, to earn a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.
* Coming off a 3-1--4 performance in Game 2, Jeff Carter tallied 1-2—3 in Game 3, extending his point streak to four games (5-5—10). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carter is the first Kings player to post consecutive games with 3+ points in the playoffs since Wayne Gretzky earned 4 points in back-to-back games on May 29 and June 1, 1993. Over the last 20 years, the only other NHL player to achieve that feat is Evgeni Malkin, who did so for the Penguins against the Hurricanes in the 2009 Eastern Conference Final (four points in Game 2, three points in Game 3).
* Elias also says that Carter is the fourth player to record 3+ points in consecutive games this postseason. Marian Hossa recorded three points in both Games 1 and 2 of Chicago’s Second Round series against Minnesota, while Nathan MacKinnon and Paul Stastny each tallied three points in Game 1 of Colorado’s First Round series followed by four points in Game 2.
* Carter (8-11—19) is one point behind teammate Anze Kopitar (5-15—20), who was held pointless in Game 3, for the playoff scoring lead. Marian Gaborik (9-6—15), who was also held off the score sheet on Saturday, sits in a tie for third with Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf (4-11—15).
* Carter has now scored 22 goals since the beginning of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is five more than any other player (Bryan Bickell – 17).
* This is the second straight game in which the Kings have won after trailing at the end of the first period. They had lost in their first five occasions of the playoffs in such a situation.
* Doughty posted 1-1—2 and leads all defensemen with 10 assists in the playoffs. Now with 2-10—12 in the playoffs, he is tied with P.K. Subban (4-8—12) for the scoring lead amongst defensemen. Doughty has posted multiple points three times this postseason.
* Doughty, who scored his first regular season game-winning goal in his 13th career contest, earned the winner in a playoff game for the first time in his 67th postseason appearance.
* The Los Angeles line of Carter (1-2—3), Tanner Pearson (0-1—1) and Tyler Toffoli (1-0—1) earned five points in Game 3, and have combined for 12 points in their last two games.
* Toffoli scored for the third straight game and has 3-1—4 on a four-game point streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1992, the only other rookies to score at least one goal in each of three consecutive Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final games in one playoff were the Kings' Dwight King and the Rangers' Chris Kreider, who both did so in 2012: King in the first three games of the Western Conference Final versus Phoenix and Kreider in the first three games of the Eastern Conference Final against New Jersey.
* Pearson’s assist extended his point streak to four games (1-4—5). Pearson has posted 2-8—10 in 15 games this postseason after accumulating 3-4—7 in 25 regular season games. The four-game point streak is the longest of his career (regular season and playoffs).
* Toffoli (6-4—10) and Pearson (2-8—10) are now tied with MacKinnon (2-8—10) and Torey Krug (2-8—10) for the playoff rookie scoring lead. Toffoli’s six goals are most by any rookie in the playoffs.
Jonathan Toews scored twice in a postseason game for the first time since May 7, 2010 against Vancouver. His shorthanded goal was the second of his career, his other one came April 26, 2011 against the Canucks...This was the Blackhawks’ first shorthanded goal in the playoffs since Michal Handzus’ marker in Game 4 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final…Toews eight playoff goals are a career-high…Chicago has now lost their first game on the road in 10 consecutive series…Patrick Sharp scored his 35th playoff goal as a Blackhawk matching Patrick Kane and Jeremy Roenick for fifth all-time in franchise history…Los Angeles improved to 7-0 when leading after two periods…The Kings have played 55 playoff games since 2012, most in the NHL…
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