Kings have won different types of games this season.
Want a high scoring game? You got it.
Want a low scoring one? No problem.
Comebacks? Got that too.
Win in overtime? Come on, give me a challenge!
Heart wrenching leads given up but still hanging on to win? Piece of cake.
Low scoring 1-1 affairs that end up in a shootout only to win it in the sixth round? Ahhhh…maybe next time.
The Kings and Sharks each had their chances during the three periods of regulation and overtime to win this game. Both goalies came up big. Unlike most shootouts, and taking nothing away from Sharks goaltender Nabokov, goaltending wasn’t the deciding factor. Anze Kopitar, Wayne Simmonds and Dustin Brown each had a chance to win it for the Kings. Kopitar shanked it wide. Simmonds couldn’t get a strong shot off “five” hole. Dustin Brown lost the puck in his “patended backhand, forehand, hang on for an eternity and shoot high on forehand” (which has needed some re-engineering for a while now) attempt. You can’t give an offensively gifted Sharks team that many lives…hell, you can’t do that with any team, sans perhaps the Maple Leafs.
The Kings goals came from Alexander Frolov on a nice wrap around in the first. Handzus, yes Handzus, scored the lone shootout goal.
The Sharks received goals from Patrick Marleau, who has made a career out of playing the Kings, and two shootout goals, one each from Heatley and Clowe.
The irony of the Frolov for Marleau rumors is not lost on me coming into this game, nor leaving it.
One point is one point…just like zero isn’t any. One is better than zero in hockey. We’ll take it.