Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Kings: Getting off to a fast start at home After the 1st period:
Kings 1, St. Louis Blues 0
The good: The Kings came out for their home opener in their road jerseys, but their fans knew who to root for during an elaborate pre-game introduction featuring lasers, fancing lighting and loud music. The Kings didn’t waste much time giving their fans something to cheer about once the game starting, taking a 1-0 lead 7 minutes 20 seconds into the first period on a goal by offseason acquisition Simon Gagne. Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell set up the play by making a nice drop pass to Gagne coming across the blue line. Gagne flicked a shot at the goal and it deflected off St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and back out to Gaghe, who shot the puck high into the net for his second goal of the season. Jarret Stoll also assisted on the goal for his first point of the season.
The bad: The Kings had eight giveaways in opening period and a couple came right in front of their net. Trevor Lewis committed a pair of giveaways on the only power play of the first period by St. Louis, and Justin Williams made an ill-advised pass from behind the net that was intercepted in the crease by a St. Louis and nearly put into the net. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stepped up and saved Williams on that play.
The in between: The Kings earned went on their own power play in the opening period and never even got set up in the offensive zone, much less got off a shot. No wonder Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon was booed during pre-game introductions. He’s the guy in charge of special teams. The fans haven’t forgotten that the Kings finished 21st in the league last season.