On Saturday Night, Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings took on Josh Harding and the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center for the first of four meetings this season. In their previous 10 games, the teams appeared to be heading in opposite directions, with the Wild going 6-3-1 and the Kings going 3-5-2. The Kings were looking to get the season on track and find some sort of consistent chemistry on each line. We’ve seen the brief flashes of greatness but, alas, no consistency. The Wild continued to struggle with discipline as they gave the Kings power play chances early and often, including a Warren Peters 5 minute major toward the end of the first for boarding Alec Martinez (a play that’s sure to get the attention of Brendan Shanahan). The Kings got goals from Colin Fraser (1), Alec Martinez (2), Dustin Brown (4), Simon Gagne (6), and Matt Greene (1). Terry Murray was behind the bench for game number 1,000 as a coach. Even though fans (including this one) don’t always agree with his decisions, this was still a substantial milestone so congrats to Coach Murray!
My apologies for the brief recap but, really, this night was completely controlled by the Kings. This, Kings Fans, is the team that needs to be on the ice. Each line showed that they were comfortable together and each line showed that they can contribute. With these combinations and this type of production, the Kings can roll with any team in the league. You can expect some bumps in the road, especially with Murray behind the bench with his inability to remain consistent, but this is a damn good team!
The Wild didn’t record a shot on goal until about 11:28 into the first period.
Three stars: 3) Colin Fraser – 2) Alec Martinez – 1) Dustin Brown
The Kings were sporting jerseys with Red, White, and Blue numbers during warmups in honor of Veteran’s Day. Classy touch which hits close to home for this military spouse. Thank you boys!
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