Saturday, October 30, 2010
Kings: Spectacular goal by Williams highlights opening period
By Dan Arritt
After the first period: Kings 1, New Jersey Devils 0
The good: A highlight-reel goal by Justin Williams gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at the 6:52 mark. Williams took a cross-ice pass from Ryan Smyth, did a quarter-spin clockwise to protect the puck from Bradley Mills, then rotated back and fired a one-timer past the stick side of Martin Brodeur. It’s the fifth goal of the season for Williams, matching Dustin Brown’s team lead. Wayne Simmonds is also back in the lineup after leaving Thursday’s game against Dallas with a lower-body injury. Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick continues his solid play, stopping 11 shots in the opening period
The bad: The insults the crowd is hurling toward New Jersey forward Ilya Kovalchuk might make a sailor blush. It’s amazing what rhymes with Kovalchuk. The crowd still seems a little angry that Kovalchuk shunned the Kings and resigned with the Devils in the offseason. Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi was gimpy as he came off the ice after taking an awkward fall while helping kill a power play. Keep an eye on Scuderi in the second period.
The in between: Brown had more giveaways (one) than shots on goal (none), and the Kings had trouble winning face-offs in their defensive zone.