The L.A. Kings faced off against their division rivals, the Phoenix Coyotes last night. It was a tight game that eventually had to be settled in overtime, but unfortunately it was the Coyotes who came out with the win. Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar scored big goals for the Kings, while Radim Vrbata of the Coyotes had two goals and an assist. Coyotes’ goaltender Mike Smith stopped 37 shots, while Jonathan Quick stopped 30. Quick has still not lost a game in regulation yet this season.
Drew Doughty returned to the lineup after missing five games with an injury. The team had a lot of success without him, so the pressure was high for the 56 million dollar man to prove he is worth those big bucks. Doughty was a plus-1 and led the team in ice time, playing just over 25 minutes. As far as how well he played, it looks like he just needs to simplify things a bit. I understand he was excited to get back into the lineup, but he played just a little too fancy and didn’t bring the skill we all know he has to the game last night.
The overtime goal came from Coyotes’ center Daymond Langkow on a weird angle shot that ended up deflecting off of defenseman Jack Johnson’s stick and into the net. It was tough loss for the Kings, but they have to shake it off and get ready to play tonight in Colorado, as they wrap up their three game road trip. The Avalanche are 6-4-0 and haven’t won a game at home yet this season, so let’s hope that streak continues and the Kings can get the W. Game time is 5pm PST and then it’s home to California where the team will remain for most of November.
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