Thursday, December 2, 2010
Kings: Williams, Stoll, Smyth reunite for goal
By Dan Arritt
After the 1st period: Kings 1, Florida Panthers 1
The good: Justin Williams was moved up front from the second line to try and establish some much-needed scoring punch. Funny thing is, he briefly teamed back-up with former linemates Jarret Stoll and Ryan Smyth and they gave the Kings a 1-0 lead. The goal came 19 seconds after the Kings killed a power play, which is how Williams ended up back on the ice with Stoll and Smyth. Williams used to speed to chase down puck in the right-wing corner and then passed it back to Stoll, who fired it past Florida goalkeeper Tomas Vokoun at the 10:25 mark. Smyth also received an assist on the play. The Kings improved penalty-kill mark to 39-for-39 at home. The Kings remain the only team in the NHL that hasn’t allowed a power-play goal at home.
The bad: The Kings caught bad break on Florida’s goal. Keaton Ellerby took a slap shot that was deflected in front of the net, sending the puck high off the glass behind the Kings goal. The puck caromed back over the net and landed near the right post, where Michal Repik flicked it in with 6:09 left in the period. The Kings took just seven shots in the opening period, the same number they took in the first period of Monday’s loss to Anaheim. All in all, Florida played a better opening period.
The in between: Some shaky plays in the defensive zone by the Kings. Jonathan Quick made a couple good saves, but he also made two poor decisions when trying to clear the puck. Twice, he gave it right back to the Panthers, but they were unable to capitalize. Quick has remained the Kings' best player during the recent slide. They can’t afford to have him make mistakes too.