Saturday, February 19, 2011
Kings: Islanders put an end to run
By Dan Arritt
New York Islanders 3, Kings 0
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings played as if they had one foot already on the plane, posing no threat against the struggling Islanders in their final game outside Southern California on the season-long 10-game road swing.
THE STAT: The Kings were attempting to set a franchise record with points in 12 straight games, but they never got it going against the Islanders.
TURNING POINT: The Kings looked out of it right from the start, giving up a short-handed goal just five minutes into the game. Jack Johnson’s pass was tipped to rookie Michael Grabner, who passed ahead to Franz Nielsen for the winning goal.
HOT: Ex-King Matt Moulson scored two goals for the Islanders, giving him 23 on the season, three more than the Kings’ leader.
NOT:Anze Kopitar was the only player on the ice for all three of New York’s goals. He also took a team-high five shots on goal but failed to earn a point for the first time in five games.
GOOD MOVE: Moulson, the brother-in-law of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, put Los Angeles down two goals for the first time since Jan. 20. He collected a pass from PA Parenteau and somehow got his shot around Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi and past Quick for a 2-0 lead with 13:06 left in the second period.
BAD MOVE: Kings coach Terry Murray elected to tag rookie forward Andrei Loktionov as a healthy scratch and play enforcer Kevin Westgarth, even though Loktionov had three points in the last four games. Could the move be a ploy to ready Loktionov for a return to the minors when Marco Sturm comes back from tendinitis in his knee? Regardless, the Kings missed Loktionov’s productivity potential.
NOTABLE: The Islanders recorded their second shutout of the season and goalie Al Montoya his first since April 2009.