LIGHTNING DOES NOT STRIKE TWICE – KINGS DEFEAT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING IN SHOOTOUT 2-1

Would the Kings come out tired after a game the night before?  No

Would the Kings let an embarrassing loss last night get to them?  No

Would the Kings’ defense and goaltending concerns continue?  No

Would the Kings win?

Doughty v. Stamkos

Johnson v. Downey.

A physical and fast paced game.  Forwards forechecking.  Defensemen defending.  Goalies goaltending.  It was hockey baby and despite the low score, it was fun to watch.

The first period found both teams with good scoring chances.  Jarett Stoll was a standout for the Kings in the period and much of the game as his forechecking pressure and speed created some high percentage opportunities around Lightning goaltender Antero Nittymaki who was equal to the task.  The Lightning’s game plan was fairly obvious from the drop of the puck.  Hit.  A lot. And though Tampa Bay had their share of big hits, none of them changed momentum. In fact, the only hit that made a lasting impact was that of Drew Doughty…on Rob Scuderi, who left the game with an undisclosed “what the hell was that Drew!” injury.

The second and third provided much of the same until Drew Doughty fired a one timer past Nittymaki that was deflected on the way in. Big saves by Quick and Nittymaki kept the game 1-0 until Ryan Malone, a hot hand so far this season, put in a wrap around that looked like someone wearing a Kings jersey missed an assignment. That would be it for regulation.

Overtime – The Kings got nearly all the chances and looked no worse for the extra session wear…until Tampa Boy scored…or did they?  They cheered like they scored.  They celebrated.  Rick “no money on this game” Tocchet was wearing a smile and walking to the locker room.  Guess what Lightning fans.  No goal.

Off to the shootout we go.

Kopitar’s beautiful deke and goal put the game on Quick’s shoulders and those shoulders were wide and strong enough to turn away each of the Lightning shooters with confidence and poise.

Kings win…as it should have been…

Go Kings!



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