Thursday, March 31, 2011
Kings: Doughty's TO changes momentum in 3-1 loss to Canucks
By Dan Arritt
Vancouver Canucks 3, Kings 1
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings let their chance to move up in the Western Conference standings slip away when Vancouver scored twice in the final five minutes of the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
THE STAT: After giving up the go-ahead goal with one second remaining in the second period, the Kings did not record a shot on goal in the third to tie a franchise record for fewest shots in a period.
TURNING POINT: The Kings held a 1-0 lead and had the puck in the Vancouver zone with about five minutes left in the second period when a pass by Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was intercepted by Victor Oreskovich, leading to a 2-on-1. Daniel Sedin finished off the break with a blast past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for his 41st goal of the season.
HOT: Despite missing their top face-off player, Manny Malhotra (eye injury), the Canucks still won 27 of 46 faceoffs. Ryan Kesler led the way, winning 12 of 17 and also scoring the final goal on a 5-on-3 power play.
NOT: Kings left wing Dustin Penner, brought in last month to bolster the top line’s scoring, did not take a shot in 12:58 of ice time. Penner does not have a point in the last seven games and doesn't appear particularly energetic when he's in the game.
GOOD MOVE: Before his costly turnover in the second period, Doughty played a brilliant first period, driving to the net and passing through traffic to rookie Kyle Clifford, who scored with just under seven minutes left for a 1-0 lead.
BAD MOVE: Doughty also played a part in the second goal for the Canucks, driving to the net in the closing seconds but leaving Willie Mitchell alone in the rear to defend the counterattack. Doughty's close-range shot was stuffed, leading to a 3-on-1 in the other direction. Christian Ehrhoff scored with 0.9 showing on the clock, giving Vancouver the lead for good. The buzzer-beater was ironic because Kesler just missed a first-period goal when he poked the puck past the goal line just after the horn sounded.
NOTABLE: Thanks to a 6-0 victory Thursday night by San Jose over ninth-place Dallas, the Kings magic number to clinch a playoff spot still dropped two points to six. The Kings can trim the magic number to two with a regulation win Saturday against the visiting Stars.
UP NEXT: Saturday vs. Dallas at Staples Center, 1 p.m.