Thursday, January 19, 2012
Kings: Another trip to overtime, another shootout loss
By Dan Arritt
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has had a rough go in shootouts this season compared to last season.
Calgary Flames 2, Kings 1 (SO)
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings earned at least a point for the 15th time in the last 16 games but were beaten in a shootout when a shot by Kings forward Mike Richards was turned away by Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff at Staples Center.
THE STAT: The Kings have been tied at the end of regulation in 10 of the last 16 games, owning a 9-1-6 mark in that span.
TURNING POINT: The Kings appeared to take a 2-1 lead in the second round of the shootout, but video replays showed Jack Johnson nudged the puck across the goal line after a rebound from Kiprusoff. Second chances aren't allowed in NHL shootouts. Michael Cammalleri then scored for the Flames, forcing Richards to come through.
HOT: Kings winger Dustin Brown scored the lone goal for the Kings, jumping on a deflected shot in front of the net and shooting it past Kiprusoff for a 1-0 lead just 3:28 into the game. Brown has three goals and an assist in the last five games. Justin Williams was credited with an assist on the play, giving him three goals and six assists in the last seven.
NOT: The Kings continue to get dinged on the power play, giving up a man-advantage goal for the fifth straight game.
GOOD MOVE: Kiprusoff came up huge in overtime. A loose puck was sitting in the crease while he was lying on his side and Kings forward Dustin Penner took a swipe, but Kiprusoff kept his stick parallel to the ice and kept it out of the goal with 34 seconds left in the extra five-minute period.
BAD MOVE: On the Calgary goal, the Flames took advantage of a broken stick by Kings forward Trevor Lewis and got the puck over to Jarome Iginla, who beat Jonathan Quick to tie the score, 1-1, midway through the second period.
NOTABLE: Quick dropped to 4-6 in shootouts this season after finishing 10-0 a year ago.
UP NEXT: Saturday vs. Colorado at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.