The Kings have made an awful habit of putting themselves behind the eight ball this season. The game in Minnesota was no different. Despite strong play in the start of the game, the Kings fell behind 2-0 on goals by John Madden and Nick Schultz. Fortunately for Kings fans world-wide, they bounced back. Jarret Stoll netted a power play goal in the 1st period, and Anze Kopitar knotted the game at 2 with another power play goal. I guess the power play is back on track huh? After remaining tied 2-2 after regulation, the teams headed to a shootout. After 5 round, Jonathan Quick came up big and stopped Miettinen to win the game.
It was a big win for the Kings, as it helps preserve some of the momentum that the Kings have been riding during this early part of the season. Nearly 10% of the way through the season, the Kings are riding high at the top of the Pacific Division, with a 6-2-0 record. There’s a long way to go until the end of the season, and as the Sharks will tell you, even longer until what really matters is determined, but it’s a great start. Virtually any realistic Kings fan would look at the way the Kings have started and see the glass as half-full. They’re winning games even without firing on all cylinders. When those cylinders kick in… look out.
Three Stars of the Game:
1st: Michal Handzus
2nd: Niklas Backstrom
3rd: Anze Kopitar