Saturday, October 30, 2010
Kings: Best start in 20 years
By Dan Arritt
The Kings are off to their best start in 20 years after defeating the hapless New Jersey Devils, 3-1, before a sellout crowd of 18,118 on Saturday night at Staples Center, the 800th home victory in franchise history.
Jarret Stoll had a goal and two assists and second-line mate Justin Williams had a goal and assist, giving them three multi-point games this season.
The line of Stoll, Williams and Ryan Smyth have accounted for 24 points in the last nine games, helping the Kings to an 8-3-0 start. The eight wins is tops in the league.
Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick continued his impressive play, stopping a season-high 38 shots to improve to 7-1 this season.
The Kings, who are 5-0-0 this season when they score first, took a 1-0 lead in the opening period when Williams made a nifty move around Bradley Mills and beat goalkeeper Martin Brodeur on his stick side.
Michal Handzus slapped in a rebound off a shot from Stoll on the Kings first power play to give his team a 2-0 lead in the second period. After a goal by New Jersey, the Kings scored 24 seconds later on a goal by Stoll to extend their lead back to two.
The Devils (3-8-1) are off to their worst start in 27 years. Ilya Kovalchuk, who spurned a multi-million dollar deal by the Kings in the offseason and re-signed with the Devils, went scoreless for the fifth time in the last six games.