The Kings hosted the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Staples Center, where Jonathan Quick and Simon Gagné led the Kings to a dominating 5-0 victory. Quick had an amazing game and recorded his 15th career shutout, putting him at the top of the league in save percentage at 96%. Gagné had two goals and an assist, and came very close to his first hat trick as a King. Among the other scorers were Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll, and Anze Kopitar, who now has extended his point streak to five games and tied Phil Kessel for the league leader in points. There was a lot of involvement from everyone, as Justin Williams, Mike Richards, Dustin Penner, Jack Johnson, and Willie Mitchell also picked up points.
The Kings were 1 for 4 on the power play, which should hopefully continue to improve, especially after fans booed Assistant Coach Jamie Kompon during his opening night introduction. Kompon is the man more or less responsible for the Kings power play and it didn’t seem like the fans were pleased with his work. But, I know something the fans were pleased about: The new $3.4 million audio system that was just installed inside Staples Center. You can tell that the entertainment coordinators were hard at work during the offseason planning new ways to get the fans pumped up, and they were more than successful. That place was rocking and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house.
Before the puck was dropped, all of the players were introduced onto the ice in an opening ceremony, including Slava Voynov, who made his NHL debut filling in for Drew Doughty, who is out due to a shoulder injury. He played just under 20 minutes and had a +2 rating. Hopefully the Kings can continue to have success as they head to Phoenix to match up against the Coyotes on Thursday at 7pm. Then, it’s back to Staples on Saturday where the Kings will face the Dallas Stars.
Don’t change a thing, boys!!!
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Topics: Anze Kopitar, Dallas Stars, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, Dustin Penner, Jack Johnson, Jamie Kompon, Jarret Stoll, Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards, Phil Kessel, Phoenix Coyotes, Simon Gagne, Slava Voynov, St. Louis Blues, Willie Mitchell