In Need of Momentum, Kings Wallop Ducks During Invasion of Anaheim
For those who worried about the Los Angeles Kings following their preseason games with the Phoenix Coyotes certainly aren’t concerned anymore as the silver-and-black drove down the road to Anaheim and invaded the Honda Center, thrashing the hated Ducks by a score of 6-0.
Los Angeles opened the scoring during the latter of the first period when Matt Frattin potted his first tally as a King – on the power play no less – from Drew Doughty at the 15:08 mark of the frame.
In the second, the Kings just kept coming as Scott Sabourin and Drew Doughty each scored to put the road team up by a field goal. On Sabourin’s marker, Jeff Schultz earned his first point as a King recording an assist along with promising youngster Linden Vey. Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter assisted on Doughty’s goal.
In the third, it was more of the same as Jeff Carter tipped in a Tanner Pearson shot at the 9:05 mark. Just over three minutes later, it was Carter again snapping a shot from Frattin and Mike Richards to make 5-0. If that weren’t enough, Anze Kopitar chipped in for good measure to make it 6-0 on a slap shot from Frattin and Doughty.
When it was all said and done, the Kings came out as the dominant force as Jeff Carter, Matt Frattin and Drew Doughty were named the game’s three stars: Carter with two goals and an assist, while Frattin and Doughty each had a goal and two helpers.
In goal, Jonathan Quick played two periods stopping all 12 shots he faced while Mathieu Garon played the other and made the most of his tryout stopping all 11 shots he faced en route to the one-sided win.
Dustin Penner, who was facing his old Kings team for the first time since re-joining the Ducks in the off-season, had a quiet night (like the rest of his teammates) registering a -2 rating, while recording two shots and two shots for a total of 16:37 of total ice time.
While it is still preseason, a win against their cross-town rivals – and a convincing one at that – is just what the Los Angeles Kings needed to garner some momentum as they continue their schedule in preparation for the regular season which is now just two weeks away.