Saturday, November 13, 2010
Kings: Williams ties career high while stretching lead to 3-1
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period: Kings 3, New York Islanders 1
The good: Justin Williams tied a career high with a second-period goal, giving him points in nine straight games. The last time he put together such a streak was in late 2005. Just like the second goal of the game, the Kings took advantage of a loose puck in front of the net and beat New York goalie Dwayne Roloson with the put back. Jack Johnson took the shot that rebounded off of Roloson and fell at the feet of Williams, who back-handed it into the net for his team-high eighth goal of the season and Johnson’s team-high 11th assist. If the Kings can hold the lead for 20 more minutes, they’ll break the club record for the fastest start after 15 games, the most consecutive home victories to start the season and sweep a five-game home stand for just the second time in franchise history.
The bad: Again, the Kings had a chance to put some serious distance between them and the Islanders and help some of these East Coast writers get started on their story. Oh that’s right, this game started past their deadline. Anze Kopitar missed a wide-open net during a power play, but the Kings were called for their second goalie interference of the game on the play. Last time it was on Drew Doughty, this time it was on Michal Handzus.
The in between: This is really splitting hairs, but it would be nice if someone from the third or fourth line would score a goal. The last goal from that group was by Handzus on Oct. 30 against New Jersey. This crowd would probably go nuts if rookie Kyle Clifford could get his first NHL goal. They are really off their game tonight. It took until the 8-minute mark of the second period for the anti-New York chants to begin.