Bullet point time…
The Kings’ defense did a much better job of gap control (the distance between our defense and their attacking forwards) and moved the puck quicker on transitions (the first pass and the speed of the forwards without the puck) compared to the last time we faced these annoyingly skilled whippersnappers.
Jonathan Quick was sharp and made big and timely saves although that first goal was a bit cringe worthy.
The young defense (sans a couple of “hit him with your purse Ellerby!” moments) played a better positional game to neutralize Edmonton’s speed…and that was a nice change of pace from the last game.
Rob Scuderi was super stud.
Drew Doughty had flashes of his Drew Doughtyness.
Slava Voynov has consistently been our best defenseman this season.
Jeff Carter has consistently been our best forward this season. The puck wants to please him. On his game winning goal: “I was just trying to drive to the net. It just hit the blade of my stick and found a hole…” Jeff Carter. Sniper. Great stick. Finds holes.
Trevor Lewis, God bless him, finally had a game where the puck didn’t hate him.
Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams…they should be well rested for tomorrow.
I may or may not have jumped off my sofa, ran and slid down the hallway after Jeff Carter’s go-ahead goal…and I may or may not have slid into the wall and collapsed in pain.
Scribe’s 3 L.A. Kings Stars:
3. Rob Scuderi
2. Drew Doughty
1. Trevor Lewis.