Saturday, February 26, 2011
Kings: Defensemen join scoring column in second period
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period:
Kings 3, Colorado Avalanche 0
The good:Alec Martinez spent the last two games watching from the press box as a healthy scratch. The rookie defenseman for the Kings is doing his best to remain in the lineup, scoring on a wicked slap shot midway through the period for a 2-0 lead. The fourth line, which received so much praise from coach Terry Murray after the win Thursday against the Wild, set up the goal. Kyle Clifford had the primary assist, chipping the puck back to Martinez as he was pinned against the boards by a Colorado defender. Standing in front of his own bench and just inside the blue line, Martinez beat goalie Brian Elliott up high for his fourth goal of the season. Fellow defenseman Drew Doughty then got into the act, scoring a power-play goal with 1.1 seconds remaining for a 3-0 lead. For the sixth game in the last seven, a Kings defenseman has lit the lamp. The Kings have outshot the Avs, 30-10, so far. At one point in the second period, they had a 25-6 advantage.
The bad: If the Kings find a way to lose this one, they’ll look back on the two 5-on-3 advantages that got away in the second period. The first lasted 1:26 and the Kings only managed two shots. The second went for 50 seconds and didn’t yield any good scoring chances. In fact, until Doughty’s goal, the Kings were just plan bad with the man-advantage. They came in 20th in the league with a 16.9% conversion rate and that’s pretty much where they stand for this game, 1-for-6 overall.
The in between: Doughty now has 10 goals on the season, the sixth player on the Kings to hit double figures in that department. The Kings had 11 players in double-digits last season, a mark they likely won't match. That said, if Jarret Stoll can score four more goals this season, it will mark the first time since 1992-93 the Kings had five players with 20+ goals.