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Kings: Brown skates away from a big hit

11/5/2010

After the 1st period: Kings 0, Tampa Bay Lightning 0

The good: Some of the Kings joked earlier in the week about Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre having to be carted away from Sunday night’s game against New England with a cut on his chin. In the season opener against Vancouver, Kings center Anze Kopitar had his face sliced open by a high stick and he returned shortly after receiving 15 stitches. Dustin Brown got a chance to show his toughness in the first period against Tampa Bay. He was crumpled against the end boards on a hard check by Tampa Bay defenseman Mattias Ohlund with 11 minutes remaining. After a couple of minutes on the ice, Brown skated away and returned on the next shift. Still, that was no way to treat a guy on his 26th birthday. Ohlund was giving a five-minute major for boarding.

The bad: Unfortunately, the Kings couldn’t capitalize on the five-minute power play, getting just two shots on goal against Mike Smith. They seemed unorganized and could not get set up in their offensive zone. In fact, they looked much better during 5-on-5 play, just missing several good scoring chances early on.

The in between: The Kings had seven shots on goal the first 5 ½ minutes, two during the five-minute power play but none the last six minutes. Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick gave up some early rebounds, something he has avoided for most of the season. Fortunately, there were no Lighting players in the vicinity to tap them in.