The Los Angeles Kings took on the Colorado Avalanche, who were winless at home this season, on Sunday night, turning around and getting on the ice less than 24 hours after an overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Coming in to the game, goalie Jonathan Quick had not lost a game in regulation and was looking to keep that streak in tact after getting the nod from coach Terry Murray. Some are sure to question Murray’s call to put Quick in net on back to back nights, particularly after the New Jersey debacle. But the decision was made and the game was played. The first period ended tied at one after a shorthanded goal from Chuck Kobasew for the Avalanche and a power play goal scored by Scott Parse for the Kings less than a minute later. The Kings lead in shots 11-5 after one.
A strange bounce in the second period went in favor of the Avalanche as Quick went behind the net to play the puck but it jumped off the glass and ended up right in front of the Kings net. The phantom hop lead to a goal by Milan Hejduk that should be classified in the “goals I don’t deserve but count nevertheless” category. At that point it was 2-1 Avalanche. Anze Kopitar tied the game at two with a five on three power play goal. Kopitar now has 6 goals this season and truly looks like he’s going to have his best year yet. The Kings lead in shots 26-9 after two. “Shot mentality”, a phrase you’re all too familiar with by now, comes to mind…
The Avalanche went on to take the lead for good with an absolutely sick goal by Matt Duchene, beating both Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick. That goal is going to cause a couple of people to sleep restlessly tonight, including yours truly. We don’t need to see Duchene again any time soon!
So, despite the Kings out-shooting the Avalanche 843-12, add a 1 to the loss column. “Shot mentality”…
At least Dustin Penner is throwing his weight around (rim-shot).
Is Jerret Stoll‘s penalty kill the most underrated, for a forward, in the league? It seems like that guy’s stick is everywhere at once!
The Kings don’t play again until Thursday when they take on the Edmonton Oilers, another team that is playing above expectations. If the players are as upset with the Oilers organization as Kings management, we should be in for an interesting game. Thursday will also mark the return of Ryan Smyth to Staples Center for the first time, in his second and final stint, with the Oilers. Smyth is the ultimate pro and deserves nothing less than a standing ovation for his contributions while wearing a Kings jersey.
Topics: Anze Kopitar, Chuck Kobasew, Colorado Avalanche, Dustin Penner, Edmonton Oilers, Jarret Stoll, Jonathan Quick, LA Kings, Los Angeles Kings, Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk, New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Coyotes, Ryan Smyth, Scott Parse, Staples Center, Terry Murray