After the 2nd period:
Kings 4, Ottawa Senators 0
The good: Good times here at Staples Center. The Kings erupted for 20 shots on net and three goals in the middle period, one at even strength, another on a 5-on-3 power play and the final tally on a successful penalty shot. The fourth line, which had seen their minutes reduced the last three or four games, had a hand in the first-period goal and they were all over the second. The play started with a clean entry pass from defenseman Drew Doughty to center Colin Fraser. He passed the puck to his left, where Kyle Clifford took a shot on Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. The puck hit Anderson in his chest and he couldn’t hold it. As the puck lay loose in the crease, Fraser, Clifford and Kevin Westgarth converged. Clifford found it first it flipped it into the net before Anderson could spot it, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead with 8:52 left in the period. After two Senators went to the penalty box 47 seconds apart, Jack Johnson received a pass from Doughty and blasted it past Anderson for a 3-0 lead with 2:06 left in the period. The Kings were then awarded a penalty shot when an Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips was whistled for covering the puck with his glove while it lay in the crease. Trevor Lewis was the surprise choice to take the penalty shot, but he made coach Darryl Sutter look brilliant with a nifty stick handle in front of Anderson that resulted in a 4-0 lead with 32.9 seconds left in the period. The Kings haven’t blown a 4-0 lead and lost since October 2005.
The bad: Kings forward Jarret Stoll, who was demoted to the third line during Saturday’s loss to Colorado, committed a penalty in the offensive zone for the second straight game, this time goalie interference on Anderson while the score was still 2-0. That call was pretty questionable, if you judge the amount of boos from the crowd, but he needs to stay out of the box. Stoll also missed another great scoring chance, something he needs for his confidence after netting just five goals this season. He had 20 a year ago. Stoll was also whistled for high sticking late in the game Saturday night against Colorado, which led to a power play goal and a 3-1 lead.
The in between: San Jose scraped a point out of their overtime loss in Edmonton to stay two points ahead of the Kings, so they can’t take over first in the Pacific Division with a regulation victory. The Senators have not lost two straight games in regulation in more than two months. They ran into the red-hot Ducks on Saturday afternoon and lost, 2-1. They have not won in L.A. since January 2000, owning 1-10-1 record here in franchise history. Anderson came into this game on a roll, but he’s hardly strong against the Kings coming in, owning a 1-5-3 career record with a 3.61 goals-against average. He was lifted after the period in favor of Alex Auld.