Monday, November 28, 2011
Kings: Jonathan Quick helps L.A. maintain 2-0 lead
By Dan Arritt
After the second period:
Kings 2, San Jose Sharks 0
The good: The Kings have their first two-goal lead since giving away a 2-0 advantage in the third period last Wednesday in Dallas. They don’t have anybody more to thank for the cushion than goalie Jonathan Quick, who is playing in his 200th career game, all with the Kings. His remarkable glove work helped the Kings kill off three penalties in the second period, including two in the final 4 ½ minutes, and the Sharks had several great chances to score. Mike Richards scored the second goal of the game for the Kings, giving him the team lead with 11 this season. The teams had just started skating 4-on-4 when Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell dropped the puck to forward Simon Gagne as he was driving behind the net. Gagne spotted Richards cutting toward the crease and passed the puck into the paint, where Richards shoved it past the goal line with 15:44 left in the period.
The bad: Once a top-10 team on the power play this season, the Kings slipped to 12th at the start of the day. They let another chance go by the wayside in the second period, leaving them without a man-advantage goal in the last three games. Jarret Stoll, who received a promotion to right wing on the second line, went to the penalty box twice in the second period, and the Kings were also called for having too many men on the ice. You don’t want to give the sixth-best power-play team in the league too many opportunities to do some damage.
The in between: A regulation win would leapfrog the Kings over San Jose, Vancouver and Phoenix and into sixth place in the Western Conference standings.