The Los Angeles Kings beat the Dallas Stars on Thursday night for the second time this season. We can safely chalk this up as an unconventional win for the Kings and the ultra-hot goalie Jonathan Quick. The Kings seem to have different players step up on any given night (with the exception of Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils). Such was the case on Thursday night where we finally saw Scott Parse chip in a goal and have an all-around impressive game, minus the penalty immediately following the goal. Justin Williams scored the first Kings goal with some hard work in front of the net. Dustin Brown added an empty netter as time was winding down. Mike Richards had three fantastic assists. Anze Kopitar added two assists. The star of the night was none other than the kid, Slava Voynov, who had two goals and an assist and made decision making a whole lot tougher on the organization.
Slava has shown, consistently, that he’s a pro and understands the situation that the Kings are in. That being said, it’s still going to be tough to send him back to Manchester when Drew Doughty comes back (presumably on Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes). He’s obviously ready to play in the NHL but, without exposing some of the depth that Dean Lombardi has ever so carefully stockpiled, Voynov is the only option for trimming the roster and making room for Doughty. What a glorious problem for the Kings!
*** Update: Per Rich Hammond, Voynov is on his way back to Manchester. ***
Dustin Penner looks completely out of place on this team. I’m trying my best to root for him but it’s getting more and more difficult. He seemed slightly better last night but it appears as though he’s lost at times and just watching the play. I’m left thinking about the guys who were healthy scratches, watching the same thing I am. Personally, I’d be a tad upset.
It appeared, to me, that Scott Parse won’t have an issue filling the second line left wing. I liked his game last night.
The highly covered shutout streak for Jonathan Quick came to an end on Thursday night. 202 minutes and 11 seconds without allowing a goal is ridiculous. Congratulations, now let’s go for 202:12! Yes, we always want more…
Until next time, Kings fans’, be good to each other.
Topics: Anze Kopitar, Dallas Stars, Dean Lombardi, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, Dustin Penner, Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams, Kings Fans, LA Kings Insider, Lakingsinsider.com, Los Angeles Kings, Manchester Monarchs, Mike Richards, New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Coyotes, Rich Hammond, Scott Parse, Slava Voynov