Kings: Ducks cut deficit to 3-1 on Cam Fowler goal

March, 16, 2012
3/16/12
8:53
PM PT
After the 2nd period:

Kings 3, Ducks 1

The good: Through the first half of this game, the Kings were nearly on pace to match their 20-year-old franchise record for shots on goal (59). They had 28 with just under 10 minutes left in the second period and sit at 33 as we head into the third. The Ducks have managed 14. The busiest stick belongs to rookie forward Dwight King, who has seven shots on goal and none off the mark. Twenty more minutes of similar play and the Kings can start thinking about their next must-win game, Saturday night against visiting Nashville.

The bad: The Kings opened the door a crack and the Ducks stepped in early in the period. Drew Doughty went to the penalty box for holding and, 24 seconds later, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler rifled a slap shot through traffic and through the pads of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, his first goal in 47 games. The goal also ended the Kings’ streak of 33 consecutive penalty kills.

The in between: Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller is making his 31st consecutive start in goal to extend his franchise record. His best stop of the night came with about 2:30 left in the second period, when Dustin Brown came at him on a 2-on-1. Brown tried to shove the puck through the short side, but Hiller shot his left pad out to stop the shot, even though his eyes seemed to be scanning for a possible cross pass. Brown is trying to earn a point in his career-best 10th consecutive game.

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