Saturday, March 3, 2012
Kings/Ducks: All square after first period, 1-1
By Dan Arritt
After the 1st period:
Kings 1, Ducks 1
The good: When scorers get on a hot streak, they usually end up in the right place at the right time. Kings winger Dustin Brown certainly was when he gave the Kings a 1-0 lead with 7:45 remaining in the opening period, his fifth goal in the last four games. The Kings were on the power play after Jeff Carter was slashed by Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa while driving towards the Anaheim net. The Kings second unit set up their power play in the offensive end. Slava Voynov slid the puck to the opposite point and Alec Martinez took a rip at the puck. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller made the initial stop, but he was so focused on keeping the puck away from Jarret Stoll that he swept it to his right, where Brown was waiting to flip it high into the net. Stoll didn’t get an assist on the play but he probably should have with the way he distracted Hiller.
The bad: The Ducks got even about 3 ½ minutes later when they won a face off in their zone and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank took a slap shot from the point. Saku Koivu appeared to provide just enough of a screen to block the view of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and the puck sailed high into the net for his third goal of the season. Quick would bounce back to rob Teemu Selanne twice in the latter stages of the period.
The in between: The Kings had two shots on goal through the halfway point of the period, including a prime short-handed breakaway on an earlier power play, and the Ducks had four. Things heated up in the second half of the period, as the Kings finished with seven shots on net and the Ducks had 12. Stoll laid two big checks on his first shift, then was called for interference on his third, setting up the first of two power plays for the Ducks. Kings forward Colin Fraser and Ducks winger Matt Beleskey dropped the gloves 2:21 into the game. Beleskey got a better grab on Fraser’s jersey that ultimately allowed him to land some bigger right hands as the fight wore on.