Kings End Road-Trip with 3-2 Shootout Victory

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 first scored in the second period before his overtime winner sealed it. To those who have been wondering what Brown can do for you, tonight he can win hockey games. It was his first two-goal performance of the season.

Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots and the Kings, who had lost six of seven, finish 2-2 on their road trip.

The Kings finished with 88 attempted shots—42 were on goal, while 25 were blocked and 22 missed the net. Safe to say that the offense was humming and opportunities were there, something that hasn’t really been the case during the team’s recent struggles.

Interim coach John Stevens saw some of the best hockey his team has played as of late, rather fittingly since it was the coach’s final game under that title. He will be relegated to assistant coach duties once the newly-hired Darryl Sutter takes the reins tomorrow in Los Angeles. He will conduct a news conference on Wednesday after a team practice.

The players finally looked confident in the system, no matter how similar Stevens’ style was to Murray’s. With that being said, it’s about to getting very interesting looking forward.

Sutter has certainly earned every accolade and praise for his coaching ability. He’s been around the block. He comes from a family that has populated the NHL ranks for the last several decades. He knows what he is doing; the question is--can he make that work for these Los Angeles Kings?

He has his work cut out for him, that much is known. The Kings still remain in the basement as far as offensive production goes. They are a league-worst in goals scored per game. Obviously, that will have to change if the team is going to meet any of the expectations that were laid out before the season started.

Only time will tell. However, I cannot imagine that Sutter watched tonight’s performance without a smile on his face.


Marco Perruzza's picture

It's funny that you don't mention the lucky bounce that led to the King's first goal, or the blatant offside which led to the second. On a normal night the Kings are most likely shut out by Reimer. All in all, it was a horrible game with both teams missing the net a tonne.

Ty Fisher's picture

I do not disagree with you. They got their fair share of lucky breaks (the offsides being the most obvious), but were also able to consistently get offensive chances. It was a welcome change to the half-hearted dump and chase that had become the team's identity late in Murray's tenure. Yes, the Leafs did not play too well. And the Kings weren't AMAZING, as I may have made it sound in the post. But I hope you could agree that they played a little better (more aggressive, more fluidly, etc.) than they previously had.