The Los Angeles Kings shutout the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 tonight in a much needed win. This was a game that I was excited to watch the whole way through. There was energy, fights, passion, and most importantly, GOALS! Plural!
The first period got off on the right foot when Los Angeles Kings’ Captain Dustin Brown fired the puck into the net on the Kings’ power play. Brown got the first goal of the game and his 15th of the season. He was assisted by Jarret Stoll, who drove the puck from the Kings end all the way down into the Blackhawks zone. Little did I know that this was just the beginning of an amazing game for Brownie and Stolly.
Throughout the period there were great shots on goal by the Kings and a few LAME calls by the refs. Need I remind you of the interference on goaltender call given to Anze Kopitar? Did the ref lose his contacts or his brain? Either way, it was NOT a fair call. Then Willie Mitchell got called for cross checking giving the Blackhawks a 5 on 3 power play. Thank goodness the Kings defense and Jonathan Quick killed off those penalties, leaving the Blackhwaks scoreless. Just a short while later, Stolli won the face off, passed it back towards Alec Martinez, who quickly fired it on net. Brown got the rebound scoring his second power play goal of the night. Way to go Captain! Maybe he was just trying to send a message (e.g. suck it!) about all those trade rumors. First period ended with the Kings up 2-0.
Just five minutes into the 2nd period, a short handed goal was scored by our Captain Dustin Brown giving him a HAT TRICK!! WOOOO!!! I’ve definitely missed that toothless grin of his. Just two minutes later Willie Mitchell scored a goal, giving the Kings a 4-0 lead! Thank you hockey gods for listening to our cries for help. Stoll contributed to this goal, giving him three assists for the game tonight. Dave Bolland and Anze Koptiar collided during the 2nd period and Kopi skated slowly off the ice with a towel covering his lower face. But Kopi, being the trooper that he is, made it back before the 2nd period was even half way over. The 2nd period ended with the Kings leading 4-0, and 21 shots on goal.
The 3rd period wasn’t exciting in terms of goals being scored, but there was still a lot of energy from the Kings shown by their 9 shots on goal. Quick got his 21st career shutout and 7th shutout this season tying him for first in the league in shutouts. The three stars of the night were 1. Dustin Brown with a hat trick, 2. Jarret Stoll with 3 assists, and 3. Willie Mitchell with a goal and assist. I’d like to add a 4th star for goalie Jonathan Quick for a shutout. All eyes will be on newcomer Jeff Carter, who has one primary job – score goals. Could he be the missing piece to our Stanley Cup puzzle? Fingers crossed that he is. The Kings will continue their quest for a playoff spot Monday, February 27 in Nashville versus the Predators at 5:00 pm.