Sorry for not being around yesterday, I had a long day of work in the “real world,” but such is life. Anyway, the four game winning streak was bound to come to an end. After putting up a decent fight (and Quick giving up another shot on a slap shot from outside the circles), the Kings fell to division rival San Jose 2-1. Fortunately they were able to pick up a point by taking San Jose all the way to overtime.
From the outset of the game it appeared that both teams were uncomfortable with the 6-4 Kings victory earlier in the season. The wide-open play was something that was not terribly appreciated by either coach. The tight checking, and much more conservative game plan certainly reflected this fact.
Relevant notes for this game include Frolov continuing his recent solid play after being benched only a few games back, and the fact that the Kings were able to snag a point away from home against one of the perennial powers in the Western Conference has to be considered a positive sign. Even if they are unable to get the two points that most fans would have prefered, there’s no question that the game represents a real step forward for the organization.
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