Saturday, March 19, 2011
Kings/Ducks: Goal by Simmonds disallowed
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period
Ducks 1, Kings 0
The good: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is keeping his team in the game. He had just eight saves in the second period but a few were the stand-on-your-head variety. Other than that, not a lot of positives for Los Angeles the last 20 minutes. At least the Kings will have another 36 seconds of power-play time when the third period resumes, but they haven't exactly taken advantage of the first 11:24. The Kings have wiped out three Anaheim power plays, running their streak of successful kills to 29.
The bad: The Kings had a goal taken away on a bad call by the referees. Kings left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky drove to the net on a 90-degree angle and tried to cut in front of the goal but was shoved into goaltender Ray Emery by defenseman Luca Sbisa. Just as Ponikarovsky and Emery tumbled to the ice, Wayne Simmonds tapped the unsecured puck into the open net. The referees immediately waved off the goal, however, saying Ponikarovsky interfered with Emery, even though it was clear Sbisa was the one who caused the contact. Kings fans let out another round of boos, but this time it was in support of their team. The Kings are 0-for-5 on the power play thus far. If they don’t come back to earn points out of this game, the power-play unit will be the main culprit. That and the really crummy ice conditions that are likely the result of the Clippers game played on the same floor earlier today.
The in between: Emery has 21 saves and seems to be getting sharper with every stop. He has received some fortunate bounces, however. The Kings directed four shots at him on their first power play of the period but none on the second. Not only that, but Emery showed Kings right wing Justin Williams a lack of respect with nice shove in the back, causing Williams to turn and stare him down nose to nose. Now, if Williams can just direct some of that anger at the net, the Kings might get their first goal in six periods.