After the 1st period: Kings 2, New York Islanders 1
The good: Not sure if the Kings PR department keeps this stat, but Anze Kopitar probably just scored the two quickest goals of his five-year career, helping the Kings to a 2-0 lead after just five minutes. Kopitar scored on the Kings’ first shot on goal just 1 minute 23 seconds into the game. Davis Drewiske sent a slap shot from just inside the blue line and it took a fortuitous bounce off the skate of Dustin Brown and skidded directly to Kopitar, who slapped into the net from the right slot. It’s the sixth consecutive game the Kings have scored first, and they are 8-0-0 this season when scoring the game’s first goal. Kopitar’s second goal also came on a rebound, this time it was Drew Doughty sending a blast at New York goalie Dwayne Roloson. He deflected the puck to his right and slightly behind him, where Kopitar was in position to shove it in the net. Kopitar now has 15 points in the last 14 games. For the record, his only other hat trick in NHL was Oct. 22, 2009 against Dallas.
The bad: The Kings could have taken the wind completely out of the Islanders' sails with one more goal, but New York answered with the first goal of the season by Rob Schremp. The goal was set up when James Wisniewski sent a shot at Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin appeared to inadvertently screen Quick and the puck rebounded out to Schremp, who beat Quick on the glove side from the bottom of the right face-off circle.
The in between: After a hard-hitting, high-energy game Thursday against the visiting Dallas Stars, this one definitely lacks the intensity so far. Kind of similar to last Saturday’s game against Nashville, which also came two days after a bruising victory against Tampa Bay. Oh well, the Kings would probably just as soon win this one without bruising their knuckles. After all, they have another division game Monday at San Jose.