COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anze Kopitar and the Kings have put those slow starts behind them.
Kopitar broke a tie with 2:14 left with his second goal of the game, and Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-4, on Saturday night to remain the only NHL team unbeaten in regulation.
Kopitar also had an assist, Dustin Brown added a goal and three assists, and Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists. Trevor Lewis, Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots.
At 6-0-1, the Kings are off to the best start in franchise history.
“The last three years
EL SEGUNDO — Last season, the Kings were without Jonathan Quick for 59 games.
Surprisingly, they had a slightly better winning percentage without their two-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender than they did with him.
A groin injury in the first period of the 2016 season opener shelved Quick for the longest stretch of his career, giving the franchise a chance to see how another goalie would fare behind their defense, which is perennially one of the NHL’s best.
Peter Budaj, who had played in exactly 55 NHL games the previous four season combined, was Quick’s primary replacement last season. He finished fourth
Here is a short bio of new Kings coach John Stevens:
Jarome Iginla’s Kings experience, short though it was, rekindled his competitive spirit, and he said Wednesday he intends to keep his Hall of Fame-caliber career going next season. He said he would weigh his options and “wait and see” what offers he receives during the offseason.
Iginla, who will be 40 on opening night next season, will be a free agent July 1.
He didn’t rule out re-signing with the Kings, but acknowledged they might not have an interest in him after acquiring him in a March 1 trade from the Colorado Avalanche. He scored six goals and nine points in
Now what? Where do the Kings go from here? How do they get there and who leads them? How do they avoid a repeat of what happened during three seasons of disappointment that’s followed three seasons of thrills and chills? Can they regain their elite status?
So many questions, so few answers.
After sandwiching Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and ’14 around a trip to the Western Conference finals in ’13, it looked like the Kings were a dynasty in the making, rivaling the Chicago Blackhawks for supremacy in the NHL.
After missing the playoffs twice in three seasons since their remarkable