The Los Angeles Kings' 5 Best Goals so Far in 2013-14
That said, the Kings still managed to rack up a number of highlight-reel goals early in the 2013-14 season, including a couple of beautiful shorthanded markers.
Tape-to-tape passing and a rush out of the penalty box are also on display in L.A.'s top five goals of the season thus far.
Note: Shootout goals not included.
Stats courtesy of NHL.com.
Honorable Mention: Brown's Break
The Kings played host to the Ottawa Senators on October 9, in what was one of Dustin Brown's best performances in the early part of the season. The captain struggled out of the gate because of a hamstring injury, but you wouldn't know it the way this play unfolded.
Brown exited the penalty box at the right time and used a great burst of speed to get to the puck and stay clear of Erik Karlsson before beating Craig Anderson with a wrist shot.
Brown added another goal to help secure a 4-3 victory for the Kings.
5. Voynov Goes Top Shelf
Matt Frattin isn't meeting expectations yet in L.A., but he looks great on this play.
Frattin got possession of the puck near the boards, made a nice move to get it to his forehand and then made a perfect pass across to Slava Voynov. The Russian defenseman showed off his quick release, beating Ben Bishop high to spoil the goaltender's shutout.
The Kings fell 5-1, by far their worst loss thus far this season.
4. Justin Williams' 500th Point
One of the Kings' most underappreciated players from year to year is Justin Williams. The 32-year-old can do it all, and he proves it on this shift.
He worked hard along the boards with the puck, managed to hold the zone when it looked like the puck would be cleared, made a quick pass off to Anze Kopitar and finally found the bottom left corner of the net with a quick shot from the slot.
The Kings won 3-0, with Ben Scrivens earning his first shutout as a member of the Kings.
3. Nolan from Vey vs. Canucks
Linden Vey hasn't gotten as much attention as some other L.A. prospects over the years. But now that he's making plays like this in the NHL, he's getting the recognition he deserves.
Vey took the puck from Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis as he fell at the blue line. He then carried it into the Canucks' zone and made an outstanding move, sliding the puck between Jason Garrison's legs. From there he passed off to Jordan Nolan, who beat Roberto Luongo to open the scoring.
The Kings went on to win 5-1 in what was just the second game of Vey's career.
2. Richards Shorthanded vs. Coyotes
There are very few players in the NHL today who can impact a game offensively on the penalty kill like Mike Richards can.
With the Coyotes looking to score a fifth unanswered goal, Richards took advantage of a turnover and showed great patience before tucking the puck by Thomas Greiss. The Kings blew a four-goal lead, but this tally from Richards proved to be the game-winner as the Kings held on to win 7-4.
Richards currently sits tied for 24th all time with 28 shorthanded goals. There's a good chance he could crack the top 10 before he hangs up his skates.
1. King Shorthanded vs. Hurricanes
Barely beating out Richards' goal is another shorthanded marker, this one from a less likely source. Dwight King opened the scoring in Carolina on October 11 with a goal very similar to Richards'. King has the edge, as he beat a better netminder in Cam Ward by tucking the puck five-hole.
The Kings went on to win the game 2-1 in a shootout.
According to Kurt Dusterberg of NHL.com, King described the goal as follows: "The [defenseman] was on my left side, so I had no other option than going to the backhand. The only other thing I did was fake high, then go between his legs."