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The Kings struggled to score goals all season, finishing 29th in the league overall in that vital category with only the Minnesota Wild scoring less.
At the trade deadline, they acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Blue Jackets.
The former Flyers forward did not seem to be a good fit in Columbus and his scoring stats were way down. But the Carter had talent, as his three seasons of 30 goals or more including a career high of 46 back in 2008-09 can attest.
Carter got a fresh start in Los Angeles. His offensive skills were badly needed and greatly appreciated by the Kings. He scored six goals and nine points in 16 games with L.A. before providing 10 points in the first 16 games in the postseason. His most thrilling moment so far was scoring the thrilling overtime game winner in Game 2 of the final against New Jersey.
Reuniting Carter with Mike Richards, his former teammate in Philadelphia, seems to have helped both players regain some of their scoring spark.
Acquiring Carter was another move that made the Kings' long playoff run possible.