LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Doughty is the only Los Angeles Kings defenseman with much of a reputation around the NHL. His fellow blue-liners showed they’re also worth watching during a remarkable second period against Pittsburgh.
Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists during the Kings’ four-goal second and Los Angeles held off the Penguins 5-3 Saturday for its third consecutive victory.
Defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Doughty also scored for the first-place Kings, while Milan Lucic scored twice in their fifth straight home win.
Los Angeles had just eight goals from its defensemen in its first 24 games, but the Kings added three more while Muzzin matched his career high in points. Already one of the NHL’s top defensive teams, the Kings got three goals from defensemen in a game for the first time since 2007, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
“I think we don’t get much respect in those terms,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “Everybody just talks about Drew, and it just goes down from there. It’s something that even after last season we felt that we were top-10 in production from our defense, and that’s what we…