Los Angeles Hockey: Ryan Clowe

Kings: Ryane Clowe takes bench play to a new level

April, 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- In a playoff-like game that featured just about everything, Sharks forward Ryane Clowe made a play no one had seen before.

Clowe was on the bench with about two minutes remaining in the third period of a tied game Thursday night, when he stuck out his stick and nicked the puck away from Kings forward Jarret Stoll, disrupting a potential 3-on-2 for the Kings.

Though nearly everyone inside Staples Center seemed to witness the move, none of the on-ice officials appeared to catch the slick maneuver, and the game ventured into overtime and then a shootout. The Sharks ultimately prevailed, 6-5, to stay in the hunt for the Pacific Division title.

Based on the reaction in the postgame video interviews above, it's clear no one had ever witnessed such a play in their careers.

It will be interesting to see how the league handles the situation with the postseason set to begin next week.

Here is the link to the full news story.

If you haven't seen the video, you can find it by clicking this link to NHL.com.

Kings: Second period eaten up by the Sharks

April, 20, 2011

LOS ANGELES — After starting the second period on such a high note Tuesday night, the Kings hit rock bottom before it ever ended.

The San Jose Sharks scored five goals in the second period to tie the score in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinal, then won it, 6-5, on Devin Setoguchi's overtime goal, sending a shell-shocked Staples Center crowd walking slowly to the exits.

“That’s as bad as it gets in the second period,” said Kings coach Terry Murray. “We did this to ourselves.”

In the opening minute of the second period, the Kings extended their lead to four goals against the second-seeded Sharks, but then seemed to throw their gears into neutral, becoming helpless to stem San Jose’s surge.

Patrick Marleau slipped one by Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to cut the deficit to 4-1.

No harm done.

Two minutes later, Dustin Penner went to the penalty box for an unnecessary roughing penalty at center ice. Ryan Clowe scored on the ensuing power play to cut the lead in half.

The crowd started gettig antsy.

With about 6 minutes remaining in the period, Logan Couture gathered in a cross-pass from Ian White and slammed it into the side of the net to cut the deficit to 4-3.

The crowd was no longer in a festive mood.

The Kings then got some energy back when Ryan Smyth scored 13 seconds later to retake a two-goal lead, but the Sharks turned Staples Center into a library when Clowe scored with 1:25 left in the period, followed by Joe Pavelski's goal with 31 seconds showing on the clock, putting the game back at square one and leaving the crowd gasping.

The Kings had not allowed five goals in a period all season.

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