Last night the Los Angeles Kings pushed their current winning streak to six-games with a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. This is the second time this season the Kings have grabbed a win streak of six-games. The current streak the Kings are you can’t help but feel that the Kings have turned things around.
However, what is important to take away from last night’s victory is the way the Kings grabbed the two points. Coming into last night’s game the Jets were a middle of the pack team in the Western Conference sitting just a few points out of one of the wild card spots in the Conference.
The Jets are in that spot because of their recent play, a ten game span of hockey where they have grabbed at least a point in seven games thanks to a 6-3-1 record. Much like the Kings, the Jets were hot going into last night’s matchup.
The Kings handled Winnipeg with typical Kings hockey, survive the storms, get a lead and then shut the opposing team down. This system of hockey has been why the Kings have been successful in recent memory. They get the lead and never relinquish it thanks to a suffocating defense.
After going scoreless through the first period the Kings fell behind late in the second period. Rather than buckle and panic, the Kings answered with a goal by team captain, Dustin Brown just 42-seconds later. The Kings grabbed the lead later in the period thanks to a goal by Jeff Carter. After that it was all Kings hockey.
The Kings moved into the third period and shut down the Jets. Over the course of the final period the Kings allowed only five shots against to a team that was trying desperately to dig themselves out of a hole and get a win. Overall the Kings allowed only 16 shots against which was thanks in part to a near 18-minute span stretching between the first and second period where the Kings held the Jets to zero shots.
The Kings began the game boasting the best goals against average in the NHL with a 2.06 average and sat in third place allowing an average of 26.6 shots per game. Both statistics that will gain strength with last night’s game.
The Kings had the opportunity to really open this game up with both Carter and Tyler Toffoli hitting the posts during the game. But all that really matters is that they were able to close out a game against a team that was lingering. They extended their record to 19-0-0 when leading after two periods.
The Kings seem to have come out of that funk they were in before the Olympic break and it comes just in time with playoff hockey in the near future.