Thursday, January 20, 2011
Kings: Still powerless as Phoenix goes up, 2-0
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period:
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Kings 0
The good: The Kings have 23 shots on goal, compared to just 10 for Phoenix. Unfortunately, that’s as good as it gets. Lucky for Los Angeles, the crowd at Staples Center is smaller than usual, so the boos aren’t quite as loud as they could be. To be fair, the Kings have had a number of good scoring chances, they just can't get the bounce they desperately need.
The bad: The Kings went scoreless on four more power plays in the second period, running their scoreless streak on the man-advantage to 18 over the last 17 periods. The Coyotes went on their second power play when Justin Williams was called for tripping Kyle Turris with 11:20 remaining in the period and it took them just eight seconds to capitalize. A slap shot from the left face-off circle was deflected into the air and was inches from Matt Greene’s nose when Martin Hanzal batted it into the net. Greene vehemently protested, saying Hanzal’s stick was above the cross-bar and he appeared to be correct, but after a lengthy review the goal stood. Heading into that power play, the Kings had out-shot the Coyotes, 18-6. About a minute later, Michal Handzus took his first shot on goal in three games for the Kings. The puck hit Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in the upper body, trickled over his shoulder, banged off the crossbar and went to the side of the goal. Lee Stempniak retrieved the puck and skated the length of the ice before beating Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for an unassisted goal and a 2-0 lead. Stempniak is becoming the new Kings-killer, taking over for Shane Doan. He has scored four of his 12 goals against Los Angeles this season.
The in between: The Kings picked up the intensity after the second goal from Phoenix, laying some pretty good licks on a few Coyotes. Unfortunately, they need two goals to tie in the third period and they’ve only scored two over the previous eight periods.