Kings: Doughty hits, Simmonds leaves, Stoll scores

January, 15, 2011
1/15/11
9:07
PM PT
After the 2nd period:

Kings 3, Edmonton Oilers 2




The good: It was mentioned after the first period that Edmonton was getting a little free-'n-easy with its checking. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty took matters into his owns hands early in the second and laid out golden boy Taylor Hall with a stiff hip check along the boards. That’ll teach the rookie not to carry puck with his head down. The Kings killed their third penalty of the game and then took advantage of Dustin Brown’s great timing coming out of the box. Marco Sturm chipped the puck ahead to Brown, who had just stepped out of the gate, and he started a 2-on-1 break. Brown slid the puck to Jarret Stoll, who was streaking down the middle, and he one-timed it into the net for his fourth goal in the last five games.

The bad: After the eye-watering hit by Doughty, Edmonton forward Dustin Penner came to Hall’s rescue, followed by about five other players from both sides, creating a dog pile of bodies. Kings forward Wayne Simmonds got bent over backward and was buried at the bottom. He emerged very gimpy, was helped to the bench and did not return during the period. We'll wait for the update, but likely a lower-body injury. The Kings couldn’t cash in on the ensuing power play and are now scoreless on their last six man-advantage situations, not counting the 28 seconds remaining on another power play to start the third.

The in between: Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier was a lot better that period, stopping all 10 shots, but he needs to be perfect in the third if the Kings are to get back in the win column.

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