Los Angeles Hockey: Alexei Kovalev

Kings: No need to replay this loss

November, 22, 2010
11/22/10
8:57
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THE FACTS: The Kings had a potential tying goal nullified by replay officials with three seconds remaining, allowing the Ottawa Senators to hold on for a 3-2 victory Monday night at Scotiabank Place.

THE STAT: For the fourth consecutive game, the Kings let a lead slip away. This time it was a 2-1 advantage they let evaporate against a team that had been outscored, 17-4, in its last three games.


TURNING POINT: Ryan Smyth appeared to score his second goal of the game off a deflection in front of the net with three seconds left, but after a lengthy review, it was determined he had re-directed the puck into the net with a high stick.

HOT: Even with the disallowed goal, Smyth has three goals in the last five games. The latest came during a second-period power play. In typical Smith style, he got in front of a slap shot by Justin Williams and deflected the puck into the net for a 2-1 lead.

NOT: Kings defenseman Jack Johnson is a combined minus-9 over the last five games. He had been plus-5 the previous 15.

GOOD MOVE: (If you’re a Senators fan) The Kings looked as if they were heading toward a 2-1 lead late in the first period after Wayne Simmonds took a shot that was slowed by Ottawa goalie Pascal Leclaire but was still sliding toward the goal line when Ottawa defenseman Matt Carkner appeared to intentionally displace the posts, stopping play before the puck crossed the goal line.

BAD MOVE: Kings defenseman Matt Greene got burned for the winning goal by Jason Spezza, who skated around the alternate captain as if he were a road cone and beat Jonathan Quick with a nifty wrist shot with 8:41 left in the game.

NOTABLE: Alexei Kovalev scored the game’s first goal for Ottawa, giving him his 1,000th point in the NHL.

UP NEXT: At Montreal on Wednesday.

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