Sunday, January 15, 2012
Kings: L.A. loses in OT but still piling up points under Sutter
By Dan Arritt
Edmonton Oilers 2, Kings 1 (OT)
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings lost to the Edmonton Oilers on an overtime goal by Taylor Hall, yet still earned a point for the 13th time in the last 14 games Sunday night at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
THE STAT: Seven of 13 games under Kings coach Darryl Sutter have been tied at the end of regulation. He’s 2-0-5 in those games.
TURNING POINT: Shawn Horcoff made a brilliant no-look backhand pass to Hall on the opposite side of the net and he potted the game winner 3:06 into overtime.
HOT: Kings right wing Justin Williams scored the lone goal for the Kings, giving him two goals and four assists in the last four games. Anze Kopitar received an assist on the play for his 400th career point.
NOT: The Kings are 0-1-1 against the Oilers this season, scoring one goal Sunday night against a team that had allowed at least four in seven of the last nine games.
GOOD MOVE: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was his steady self while the rest of the team seemed to be taking a night off. He stopped 31 of 33 shots.
BAD MOVE: Kings second-year forward Kyle Clifford received a game misconduct for yapping at the officials in the third period.
NOTABLE: The Kings remain seventh in the Western Conference standings with 53 points. They were 24-21-1 after 46 games last season (49 points).