Having been on 3 different rosters (Philadelphia, Columbus, Los Angeles) in the past 12 months, Jeff Carter seemed anxious to begin what should be a lengthy stay in Los Angeles, as a member of the L.A. Kings.
Carter did not make it on to the score sheet in his debut game as a King (4-0 shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on Feb 25th), but did look sharp.
Reunited with his Philly running mate, Mike Richards, all systems were go. Early in the first period, he gave a glimpse into the future, when he unleashed a lightning quick wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. No, the rocket-like shot it did not find the back of the net, but was enough to send chills down the spine of all in attendance. His quickness was also very evident.
He would spend the evening playing wing on the second line, centered by Richards, with rookie Dwight King on the other wing.
Ultimately, the night would belong to team captain Dustin Brown, whose shorthanded goal at 4:56 of the second period, would complete the third Hat Trick of his career. The goal put the Kings up 3-0, and it was all over but the shouting.
Just 2:04 later, Brownie assisted on Willie Mitchell's even strength goal, which spelled the end of the evening for befuddled Chicago netminder Corey Crawford, as Head coach Joel Quennville pulled him, in favor of Ray Emery.
In all, quite a memorable evening for Kings' fans.
Four points for the Captain, three assists for Jarret Stoll, a league-leading seventh shutout for Jonathan Quick, and most importantly, a victory for the home team.
The victory left the Kings just one point out of the Eighth and final playoff spot, with 20 games left in the season.
Prior to the game, Jeff Carter met and spoke with local media for the first time. He covered, among other things, his feelings about coming to the Kings, his time in Columbus, his versatility of playing wing or center, and reuniting wth his good friend and again teammate, Mike Richards.
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