Streak Snapped, Kings Win 2-1
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 game tied at one, Dustin Brown deflected yet another shot from the point past the opposing goaltender to give L.A. the lead—seemingly their first in weeks.
A late flurry of chances from Columbus did little to ease the hearts of Kings Faithful who were merely twiddling their thumbs whilst waiting for the other shoe to drop. However and mercifully, it did not. Los Angeles earned a win, stopping their five-game skid in the process.
Jonathan Quick played well yet again, stopping 24 of the 25 shots he faced. It was obviously Drewiske’s first goal of the season, while Brown notched his sixth. Jeff Carter was responsible for the lone tally from the home team.
The Kings appeared to be playing a tad closer to their potential, and while one must consider that these Blue Jackets remain the worst team in the entire league, a win is still a win. It is also two points that interim head coach John Stevens desperately needs for his team.
It was the first (and potentially last) win for Stevens, whose hours appear to be numbered while Darryl Sutter feverishly finds a way to squeeze out of his responsibilities in Calgary. No, no official announcement has been made, but it has become awfully difficult to shoot down any and every report that has Sutter all but sworn in as the Kings’ next bench boss. If a move were to be made, it would appear that it will happen in the next day or possibly two.
Some more news that was released earlier this evening and not directly related to the game was nothing but positive. Kings leading scorer Mike Richards will join the team tomorrow in Detroit for their next contest on this East Coast trip, although it is uncertain when he might be able to practice. Richards is still nursing an upper-body injury he sustained earlier this month. The offensive production he has supplied over the season’s first two months will surely come in handy upon his return.