Monday, January 24, 2011
Kings: Quick still perfect after second period
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period:
Kings 1, Boston Bruins 0
The good: Two solid periods for the Kings, something they haven’t done in about a month. Jonathan Quick looks like the goalie we saw the first 10 games of the season, when he won nine of the starts. He has bundled up 20 shots by the Bruins thus far and helped kill two power plays. Kings captain Dustin Brown skated off the ice on one leg after chucking Johnny Boychuk against the boards during the first power play. It looked for a minute like Boychuk stepped on Brown's ankle as he tried to regain his balance following the hit, but Brown never went to the locker room and returned a few minutes later. He then laid a lick on Steven Kampfer, sending the young defenseman scurrying to the bench in search of a towel to apply to his face. Hard to tell which hole the blood was oozing from. Brown has five of the Kings’ 20 hits so far. The Kings have also cleaned up their face-off percentage. After winning just six of 19 face offs in the opening period, they won 17 of 24 in the second.
The bad: A 1-0 just doesn’t feel safe at this point. However, the Kings haven’t played well with multiple-goal leads lately, so maybe this will keep them bearing down. Alexei Ponikarovsky continues to be a liability for the Kings. His puck handling is sloppy, he took a two-minute holding penalty in his offensive zone and missed an open net after he deked Bruins goalie Tim Thomas out of position.
The in between: The last four meetings between these teams were tied at the end of regulation. That might not be such a bad thing, as the Kings will be guaranteed at least a point. Colorado won tonight to move into eighth place in the Western Conference with 56 points. The Kings are now five back with 51. The Kings have taken 25 shots thus far, good numbers but the Bruins allow the third-most shot attempts in the NHL and rely heavily on Thomas to make the stop. He’s 0-0-4 in his career against Los Angeles, so at least the Kings have that going for them.