Saturday, March 24, 2012
Kings: Bruins get short-hander, Colin Fraser ties score, 1-1
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period:
Kings 1, Boston Bruins 1
The good: What a roller-coaster second period for Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. He got his lip bloodied on a hard hit by Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, turns the puck over in his defensive zone, leading to a short-handed goal by the Bruins, then gets the primary assist on a goal by fourth-line center Colin Fraser that tied the score, 1-1, with 6:43 left in the second period. The Kings were on their heels for most of the period up until that point, as goalie Jonathan Quick and veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell kept the Bruins from doing any further damage. After a breakaway down the left side by Brad Marchand was shot over the net, rookie forward Jordan Nolan collected the long bounce and got things going the other way. He passed ahead to Kyle Clifford, who dumped the puck to Doughty on his right. Doughty took a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle, but the puck clipped the skate of Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and served as a great centering pass to Fraser, who lifted the puck into the open side of the net for his first goal since Nov. 12.
The bad: The Kings basically gave away the first half of the period. They didn’t get a shot on goal until 8:33 remained in the period. It’s amazing they ended up out-shooting the Bruins, 9-8, in the period. Doughty got careless with the puck and he was pick-pocketed by Marchand, who took it to the net with Doughty on his heels. Quick came up big with a pad save, but there was no one there to clear the rebound and Patrice Bergeron put it away 5:18 into the period. It was only the second short-handed goal allowed this season by the Kings, who came into the game tied for first in that category with Boston.
The in between: The Kings had three power plays in the period, didn’t get a shot on goal on the first, gave up a short-handed goal on the second, but really peppered the Boston goal on the third, which started with 2:02 left in the period after Boston’s best defenseman, Zdeno Chara, went to the box for high-sticking. Kings coach Darryl Sutter saw something he didn’t like in the second period, or maybe it was something he liked. Either way, second-line center Mike Richards moved back to the third line with Trevor Lewis and Dustin Penner, while Jarret Stoll joined Dwight King and Jeff Carter on the second line. Maybe it’s to give Stoll more faceoff opportunities, as he won six of seven in the opening period. Unfortunately, he went 2-4 in the second period.