Kings win 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild

The Kings came into this game off of a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues that the Kings were severely out shot and out played but still managed to win thanks to goalie Jonathan Quick and this game was no different. This time Quick was able to stop 40 of 41 shots to keep the Kings riding the wave of his stingy goaltending.

Niklas Backstom was in nets for the Wild and played great but Jonathan Quick was just too much for the Wild coupled with their lack of being able to convert on the power play where they went zero for five. The Wild also were coming in having played relatively few games with a light schedule.

The Wild dominated play in the first period but it was the Kings who made the most of their power play opportunities and cashed in on their first one. In the category of I’d rather be lucky than good, Tyler Toffoli picked up a rebound right in front of the net off of a broken Mike Richards pass than ricocheted off of Ryan Suter’s skate to Toffoli waiting in the slot. Voynov got the additional assist 1-0 Kings.

The period ended with the Kings leading 1-0 despite being out played and outshot 12 – 7.

The second period again was dominated by the Wild but there was no scoring. There was one eventful and lucky think that happened when the Wild’s Jason Zucker narrowly missed getting his throat cut by Kyle Clifford’s skate blade. Fortunately, Zucker was not hurt.

The shot differential after the second period widened in favor of the Minnesota wild to 24-12 but even though they dominated the play they could not get anything really sustained in the Kings zone.

The third period opened with that 70’s line deciding it was time to make an appearance and it was a familiar show. On a bang bang bang play from Carter to Toffoli to Pearson in the slot the Kings got it past Backstom and made it 2-0 Kings. The play developed on a behind the net cycle to Tanner Pearson waiting in the slot. Pearson got rid of the puck so fast Backstrom didn’t have a chance. It was a beauty of play in rapid puck movement and the utilization of behind the net.

The Wild closed out the scoring when an uncharacteristic defensive breakdown occurred. The Kings left two Wild players alone in front of Quick with only one defenseman back. Matt Cooke was able to out wait Quick and backhand one past him. That made the score 2-1 Kings which is how the game ended.

The Kings have figured out that they do not have to control the puck the entire game in order to win especially  if you have a goalie like Quick in your net. Their defensive positioning is solid and rarely do they make mistakes. They keep the front of their net for the most part very clean and they help their goalie clear out the front porch with tying up sticks. They have pretty much picked up where they left off in the playoffs last year which is bad news for the rest of the league.

 

Three Stars of the game:

1.     J. Quick

2.      T. Toffoli

3.     R. Suter

Next game Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. CDT  vs the Buffalo Sabres at the Staples Center. Tune in to FS-W; or listen via radio on KABC AM790.

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