Monday, March 7, 2011
Kings: Kopitar's assist ties him for 12th on team's all-time points list
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period:
King 2, Dallas Stars 1
The good: The Anze Kopitar-Dustin Penner-Justin Williams line strikes again. This time it started with Kopitar winning a face off in the Kings’ defensive zone. The puck came to Penner who quickly fed it to Williams who had open ice in front of him. Williams let go of a shot behind his own blue line. Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped the relatively simple shot but didn’t control the rebound and it came out long. Williams used his speed to beat defenseman Jeff Woywitka to the puck. Lehtonen saved the second shot but Williams again got the rebound and this time tucked it into the net for a 2-1 lead 7:22 into the period. Kopitar got his second assist of the game, tying him for 12thon the all-time Kings’ point list, and Penner earned his first as a member of the Kings.
The bad: The Kings were on the power play the first 2:45 of the period and were still out-shot by the Stars, 2-0. The Kings went right back on the power play 15 seconds later and failed to score again. That seemed to give the Stars a boost as they scored less than two minutes later to tie the score, 1-1. Alex Goligoski brought the puck up ice, passed to his right to Adam Burish, who passed to his right to Mike Ribeiro, who scored on the Stars’ eighth shot of the game. Ribeiro was probably relieved to get the puck by goalie Jonathan Bernier after getting robbed of a sure goal in the first period.
The in between: Dallas has just 12 shots on goal but the Stars are right in this game. The Kings need a win in regulation to overtake them for seventh in the Western Conference standings.