LA Kings: Three takeaways and the standouts versus Minnesota Wild

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The LA Kings players that stood out

Despite the gut-wrenching loss Saturday night, there were some bright spots. As noted, Jeff Carter looks so far like he’s back, and he’s taking his linemates along for the ride. Blake Lizotte and Andreas Athanasiou both lit the lamp, with Carter assisting on both goals. It looks like good chemistry is quickly developing between the three,

Yes, he gave up four goals, and yes, he took the loss, but Jonathan Quick was outstanding on Saturday. He faced 44 shots and had Wild players in his crease seemingly all night long, but like the Jonathan Quick we all know, he battled hard right till the bitter end.

Without Quick, the Wild probably win this game in regulation. The save he made on Marcus Johansson with a minute left in the first period was highlight-reel worthy.

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It didn’t really show on the scoreboard, but Drew Doughty and Olli Maatta looked more comfortable with each other than they did in the first game. This was a very bitter pill for the Kings and their fans to swallow, but there is a lot of hockey left to play. Onto the next game.