Thursday, February 24, 2011
Kings: Simmonds comes through on power play for 1-0 lead
By Dan Arritt
After the first period:
Kings 1, Minnesota Wild 0
The good: The Kings scored on their first power play in the last five periods. Brent Burns went off for hooking with 8:27 left in the period and the Kings proceeded to hold possession in their offensive zone for the first 1:50. Dustin Brown jarred the puck loose from Marek Zidlicky along the end boards. Jack Johnson collected it and passed it out front to Wayne Simmonds, who beat goalie Niklas Backstrom from between the hash marks with his team’s sixth shot on goal on the power play. Simmonds’ joined the double-digit club with his 10th goal of the season. Minnesota was limited to six shots on goal, none for nearly a 10-minute stretch that included a power play, making for a pretty easy 20 minutes for back-up goalie Jonathan Bernier.
The bad: The Wild went on their second power play after Justin Williams was called for a phantom tripping penalty while cutting between two defenders with the puck. Not sure why he’d want to trip someone in that situation, as he was readying to score a goal.
The in between: Dallas and Chicago already won tonight, so six teams currently have 70 points, including the Kings and Wild, occupying fifth through 10th place. That smoke coming from your computer is probably the electronic NHL tiebreaker overheating.