The Kings missed out on an extra point with the loss, but potentially losing Anze Kopitar could be far worse. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
In what could be billed as the most entertaining contest of the season, the Kings fought with an extraordinary intensity but ultimately came up short, losing in a shootout to the Dallas Stars 5-4.
A back-and-forth game saw a shootout determine the winner deep into the night. Jarret Stoll, Dustin Brown, and Trevor Lewis were all denied on their attempts while the Stars’ Loui Eriksson connected on his to earn the squad the extra point.
Much like Velma Kelly, Jonathan Quick cannot do it alone. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
This has to be heartbreaking for Jonathan Quick. The goal he allowed 11:25 into the second period effectively sealed the win for Columbus and gave Los Angeles their first loss in regulation under Coach Darryl Sutter. It was the only goal he gave up and yet, his team was unable to score just once to turn the contest the slightest bit competitive.
Perhaps most alarming of all was the Kings’ inability to net a single power play goal in eight attempts, which included a combined 2:03 of two-man advantage time. They were even give...
Jarrett Stoll and Jonathan Quick celebrate the win with the only way they know how. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
For a game that looked so lackluster one minute and then so well-played the next, Drew Doughty’s controversial overtime winner may be the most fitting way for it to end.
Thirty-eight seconds into the extra frame, Doughty drove towards the left side of the net and switched back to the forehand inches in front of Phoenix’s Mike Smith to slide the puck past his leg. He jarred the net loose with his large frame upon falling, but after review, the net never came completely out of its moorings. Jack...
Justin Williams handles the puck along the boards, in what probably led to one of his five shots on goal. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
For the way the way tonight’s contest between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche ended, one might think neither team had a clear advantage at any point in the game. However, the Kings did—outshooting the opposition twelve to five, notching one goal and watching another get disallowed all in the first period. The Kings also spent over eight minutes on the power play before Colorado even had a crack at their own man-advantage. So what happened?
Brad Richardson (15) and Andrei Loktionov (48) celebrate a first period goal. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
Prior to tonight’s game, head coach Darryl Sutter boasted that his team’s power play was “awesome.” Yes, the same power play unit that has capitalized on two of the previous forty-two chances. But 9:03 into the third period of tonight’s tilt with the Vancouver Canucks, Sutter’s high praise looked like it may have been spot on.
When presented with their fifth man-advantage of the evening, Justin Williams deflected a perfect wrist shot from Slava Voynov into the Vancouver net, ...
For the first time since before Thanksgiving, the Kings scored more than 2 goals in regulation. Happiness is abound. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
The Kings were still receiving gifts one full day after Christmas had passed. Some were in the form of goals from the unlikeliest of players, while others simply came from the lackluster play of Phoenix goalie Jason LaBarbera, who was given a third straight start with the injury to lead goaltender Mike Smith. Nonetheless, the Kings took the offensive bump in stride and defeated the Coyotes by a score of 4-3.
Rob Scuderi, Willie Mitchell, and Brad Richardson scored the firs...
Jonathan Quick allows the eventual game winner from Ryan Clowe. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
For the first time in a month, the Kings played on back-to-back nights. And after a solid performance two days ago against the Ducks, they earned a point, yet were dealt an overtime loss at the hands of the division-leading San Jose Sharks.
The first period saw a flurry of chances for the Kings’ offense, which suddenly appeared to be well on their way to busting out of the past month’s offensive funk. Trent Hunter fed a wide-open Dustin Brown in front of the net, but Brown was unable to lift the puck over the out...
Captain Dustin Brown celebrates his 2nd period goal.
As tempting as it may be count Dustin Brown’s shootout winner as the Kings’ third goal of the evening and the first time in twelve games they have reached that mark…well, you can’t really do that. Nonetheless, the captain’s final tally gave his team the 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier tonight.
The Kings outshot Toronto 42-33, including a dominating second period which saw the Kings get four times as many shots as their opponents (16-4). Goals were provided by Justin Williams, his fifth of the year, and Brown, who fi...
Jonathan Bernier knows things have to get better than this soon.
If Thursday’s win versus Columbus was cause for a quiet optimism, tonight’s contest could very well be considered nothing less than rock bottom.
Some might argue it had already been decided halfway through the first period. Less than two minutes had passed before the away team found themselves on their heels and down by two. Both Jonathan Quick (who started) and Jonathan Bernier (who struggled in relief) played less than spectacular and the Kings were downed by the Red Wings’ stifling, and at times, flawless offensive attack. Detroit...
Davis Drewiske is greeted by a smiling Anze Kopitar (11) and Dustin Brown (23).
The Kings played hockey for more than 104 minutes without scoring a goal. So naturally, the one to stop the streak would be none other than Davis Drewiske, the 27-year old defenseman who hasn’t scored in more than two years and pride of Hudson, Wisconsin, right?
The stat sheet doesn’t lie. The Kings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight by a score of 2-1. It was indeed Drewiske who flung the puck from the blue line over Curtis Sanford’s left shoulder and into the net four minutes into the third period. With the ga...