Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kings: Still scoreless after two periods
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period:
Kings 0, Calgary Flames 0
The good: The Kings accomplished something they haven’t done all season during the second period. No, not score a goal. They held the Flames to just two shots on goal, a season-low for a period. The Kings took 12 SOGs themselves, but still can’t get the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff. Kings center Mike Richards had the best chance, getting to a loose puck as Kiprusoff was scrambling to cover the right side of the net. As he was making the splits, Richards tried to squeeze the puck in on the short side, but somehow shot it right into Kiprusoff’s glove. Justin Williams had another good chance with about 2 ˝ minutes left, pouncing on a rebound off a shot from Anze Kopitar, but he missed wide when he had room to score. When the third period begins, the Kings will have 36 seconds remaining on their third power play of the game.
The bad: This will be another tough loss if the Kings let these points get away. They’ve out-played the Flames on both ends of the ice but, once again, have nothing to show for it. They’ve gone five consecutive periods without scoring a goal, even though they’ve had chances galore in all five. There was once a time when the Kings were lamented for not being able to score more than two goals in 14 straight games. Two goals would be a bonanza now. Kopitar has lost 10 of 14 faceoffs.
The in between: Richards moved to point on the power play, giving the Kings four forwards and defenseman Drew Doughty on the first unit … Dustin Penner, given a one-game reprieve after sitting out the previous three games as a healthy scratch, must not be impressing coach Darryl Sutter much. He has the least amount of ice time of any player on the Kings.