Before the seats got warm against the Islanders, the Kings were already on the board. Anze Kopitar scored just 1:23 into the game. He wouldn’t be done yet as Kopitar scored again at 5:02 in the first period. The Islanders would answer quickly with a goal by Rob Schremp a mere 20 seconds later. Jonathan Quick’s only goal allowed as the Kings defense was stella, only allowing 3 shots on goal during the final frame and held the Islanders to 19 shots for the entire game.
The Kings penalty kill was perfect, killing off all five of the Islanders power plays and improving on their league best 92.2% penalty kill. The Kings extended their streak to 22 consecutive successful penalty kills and are the only team in the NHL that hasn’t allowed a power-play goal at home.
Some questions emerged on whether the Kings penalty kill unit would take a hit after injuries to starters Willie Mitchell and Alexi Ponikarovsky. “There’s been some change in the style system, and some detailed parts of the game in the low coverage have been very effective,” coach Terry Murray said. “The great thing is that the guys have a lot of pride in it. It’s hard work and execution, but there’s a lot of pride. When you start sliding and blocking shots and sacrificing yourself and doing the right things, it’s a great commitment. And the goaltending’s been very good, too.”
The Kings Justin Williams regained the two goal lead 3:15 into the second period. Williams was there to score on a rebound goal off a Jack Johnson shot. Jarret Stoll also picked up an assist, and Williams now has at least one point in nine consecutive games.
Team captain Dustin Brown made it 4-1 with his eighth goal of the season on a penalty shot after being taken down from behind by Islanders defenseman Mark Eaton 7:46 into the third period. Drew Doughty would add a power play goal with 4:34 remaining in the game to extend the lead the four.
Los Angeles won its first seven home games in 1975-76 and 1980-81 at the Forum. Friday’s win concluded only the second 5-0 homestand in Kings history. The Kings are now 8-0-0 at home this season, setting the franchise record for most consecutive home victories to start a season.
Now the Kings set their sights on the San Jose Sharks as they hit the road Monday night only to come back Wednesday night to face the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Three Stars of the Game:
1st: Anze Kopitar
2nd: Dustin Brown
3rd: Rob Scuderi