Game 5 (2-2-1)
For those who were worried about the progress of the Los Angeles Kings thus far in the preseason could breathe a huge sigh of relief and thensome after tonight's offensive output that saw the Kings score six goals.
Of those six goals, three of them were on the powerplay while Anze Kopitar recorded a hat-trick. It's also worth noting that the Kings were, yet again, perfect on the penalty-kill and, as a result, have yet to surrender a PP goal this preseason.
Jonathan Quick played the entire game for Los Angeles and he was stellar, stopping all 27 shots he faced including killing off a four-minute penalty late in the game. Quick's counterpart, Semyon Varlamov wasn't so lucky as he allowed all six goals on 32 shots against.
In addition to Kopitar's offensive outburst, the Kings had plenty of help from Slava Voynov, who recorded a goal and an assist. Jack Johnson also helped out with a pair of assists, while Trent Hunter, who's making the most of his pro-tryout agreement, added a couple of assists himself.
A win like this tonight is a huge boost for a Kings team who have played mediocre hockey up to this point so there's clearly no time like the present to turn their game up a few notches.
With that, the Los Angeles Kings have a day to rest up before traveling to Anaheim on Thursday to face the Ducks with gametime scheduled for 7pm PST (10pm EST) on Friday.