Monday, November 29, 2010
Kings/Ducks: Anaheim rookie scores on power play for 1-0 lead
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period: Ducks 1, Kings 0
The bad: Why start with the good when there’s so much to write about in this space? Eight seconds after leaving the penalty box for tripping Ducks left wing Jason Blake, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty went right back in for tripping Corey Perry. Anaheim didn’t waste any time capitalizing on the second power play, scoring six seconds into the man advantage on a slap shot through traffic by Ducks rookie defenseman Cam Fowler. The Kings received their own power play a few minutes later and actually kept the puck in the offensive zone for the first 1:25, but Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller knocked down three hard slap shots by the Kings. Power plays seem to be the only way the Kings can score these days. They don’t have a even-strength goal in the last 10 periods.
The good: Click if you’ve read this before. If you're a Kings fan, the best thing about the game to this point is that it’s only 1-0. Blake hit the post on a backhand and Saku Koivu had an open net to shoot at while falling in the crease but whiffed on the shot. This was the same score after two periods against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and the Kings weren’t able to rally in the third period of the 2-1 loss.
The in between: The Kings picked up the pace with their shots on goal, taking 10 in the second period, but they’ve missed on a handful of centering passes that have represented their best scoring opportunities thus far.