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Penalty-kill comes up big for Kings

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--Once again, the Kings won the special-teams battle via unconventional methods. The Kings went 0-for-6 on the power play and 9-for-9 on the penalty kill, and got a huge first-period shorthanded goal from Anze Kopitar. The Kings have neither scored nor allowed a power-play goal in this series, but they are focused on improving the power play, particularly the shot totals. "We're getting some wristers through, but I think we need to be getting a lot more shots than we have been," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "Our power play has been struggling. I think we've got to create a lot more scoring opportunities with screens in front."

--They might not get into a playoff game, but 11 Kings prospects will get a taste of the postseason. On Monday, the Kings officially called up 10 players from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, plus junior prospect Tyler Toffoli, who led the Ontario Hockey League in goals this season. From Manchester, the Kings called up forwards Andy Andreoff, Justin Azevedo, Marc-Andre Cliche, Rich Clune and Linden Vey; defensemen Andrew Campbell, Thomas Hickey, Patrick Mullen and Jake Muzzin; and goalie Martin Jones.

"We're a confident team on the road. We've had success all year. We just went out there and played hard. That was not the second and third period that we wanted. We took too many penalties and gave them momentum, but a win is a win. We're happy about it and we're going to go back home and hopefully play well." -- Kings center Mike Richards.

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