The voice of the Kings for the last 44 years, Miller was honored with a pregame Fan Fest, on-ice logos and special warmup jerseys.
In other Kings news, local Southern California media named high-scoring Jeff Carter as the Kings' MVP for this season.
In other NHL news . . .
DUCKS' RITCHIE SUSPENDED 2 GAMES
Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie has been suspended for two games, without pay, for roughing Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival.
The suspension includes the Ducks’ final regular-season game as well as their first game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The incident occurred at 6:00 of the third period. Ritchie was assessed a match penalty.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Ritchie will forfeit $4,967.59. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
MATTHEWS NETS 40TH GOAL AS MAPLE LEAFS CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT
Rookies Kasperi Kapanen, Connor Brown and Auston Matthews each scored in the final 5:30 of regulation to help the Maple Leafs erase a 3-2 deficit and clinch the final berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 66th postseason appearance in franchise history.
Matthews (1-1—2) scored his 40th goal of the season to move into a share of second in the NHL, four back of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (44). He is just the second Maple Leafs player to reach the 40-goal mark over the past 22 seasons, joining former captain Mats Sundin who scored 41 goals in 1996-97 and 2001-02 (82 GP in both).
Matthews, 19, leads all rookies with 40-29—69 this season (81 GP). Elias notes that Matthews became the fourth rookie in NHL history to score 40 goals in a season before celebrating his 20th birthday, following Dale Hawerchuk (45 G in 1981-82), Sylvain Turgeon (40 G in 1983-84) and Mario Lemieux (43 G in 1984-85).
Kapanen tied the game with his first NHL goal (16 GP), while Brown became the third Maple Leafs rookie to reach the 20-goal mark this season.
McDAVID, OILERS CONTINUE PURSUIT OF SCORING AND DIVISION TITLES
Connor McDavid notched an assist in the third period to extend his point streak to 13 games (7-16—23) and move the Oilers (46-26-9, 101 points) to within two points of the idle Ducks (45-23-13, 103 points) for first place in the Pacific Division.
Edmonton has won 11 of its past 13 games to hit the 100-point mark for the seventh time in franchise history and first since 1986-87 (50-24-6, 106 points).
McDavid is the first Oilers player to record points in at least 13 consecutive games since Esa Tikkanen had an equal run from Feb. 17 – March 15, 1989 (7-14—21). His point streak is the longest by an NHL player since Shayne Gostisbehere had 15-game run from Jan. 19 – Feb. 20, 2016 (5-13—18).
McDavid (30-68—98 in 81 GP) leads the NHL in assists and holds a nine-point lead over Patrick Kane (34-55-89 in 82 GP) and Sidney Crosby (44-45—89 in 75 GP) in the race for the Art Ross Trophy as the League’s top point-getter. Only one Oilers player has reached the 100-point mark over the past 26 seasons: Doug Weight in 1995-96 (25-79—104 in 82 GP).
PACIFIC DIVISION TITLE TO BE DECIDED ON FINAL DAY
The final two games of the 2016-17 regular season will determine first place in the Pacific Division as the Ducks (45-23-13, 103 points) and Oilers (46-26-9, 101 points) vie for the No. 1 seed. Anaheim welcomes the Kings (39-35-7, 85 points) to Honda Center, where they have earned points in nine straight games (8-0-1); the Ducks also have registered points in their past 13 games overall (10-0-3). Edmonton, meanwhile, hosts the Canucks in the finale of a home-and-home; the Oilers have won eight consecutive home games – equaling a franchise record – and 11 of their past 13 contests overall. The teams hold 42 ROW apiece, however the Oilers lead the season series tiebreaker.
JOE LOUIS ARENA SET FOR FINAL NHL GAME
Henrik Zetterberg will skate in his 1,000th regular-season game when the Red Wings host the Devils in the final NHL game at Joe Louis Arena. The 36-year-old Red Wings captain, who has spent his entire career with Detroit, leads the club with 16-50—66 in 81 games this season. Current players and alumni will walk a red carpet to enter The Joe during a pre-game event, with the celebration for the "Farewell Weekend at The Joe" culminating with an hour-long "Farewell to the Joe Ceremony" immediately following the game.
SATURDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
OTTAWA 3, NY Rangers 1
PHILADELPHIA 4, Columbus 2
Washington 3, BOSTON 1
LOS ANGELES 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
NY Islanders 4, NEW JERSEY 2
WINNIPEG 2, Nashville 1
TORONTO 5, Pittsburgh 3
Montreal 3, DETROIT 2 (OT)
FLORIDA 3, Buffalo 0
St. Louis 5, CAROLINA 4 (SO)
DALLAS 4, Colorado 3 (SO)
Minnesota 3, ARIZONA 1
Edmonton 3, VANCOUVER 2
SAN JOSE 3, Calgary 1
SUNDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
New Jersey @ Detroit, 5 p.m., SN1, FS-D, MSG+ 2
Buffalo @ Tampa Bay, 5 p.m., SUN, MSG-B
Ottawa @ NY Islanders, 5 p.m., MSG+, RDS2, TSN5
Colorado @ St. Louis, 6 p.m., FS-MW, ALT2
Columbus @ Toronto, 6 p.m., SN, TVAS, FS-O
Pittsburgh @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., MSG, ROOT
Carolina @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-CR
Florida @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-F
Los Angeles @ Anaheim, 8:30 p.m., SN1, PRIME, FS-W
Vancouver @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SN
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services