Game 6; 4-2-0
SUNRISE, Fla. – Ben Scrivens made his first start in a Kings uniform and he made a solid first impression by leading Los Angeles to a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers to improve to 2-0-0 on their current road trip. With the end result, the Kings also win for the first time in regulation this season.
Having stopped all 20 shots he faced, Scrivens may not have been as busy as his counterpart but the former Leaf made the key saves when he had to giving his defense a reason to have faith in their new teammate and his offense a reason to be confident up front. Ben Scrivens did post his first-career NHL shutout and no one can possibly downplay such a feat.
It was an afternoon for firsts for the Kings. After a scoreless opening period, Daniel Carcillo opened the scoring with his first tally as a King snapping home a perfect behind-the-net feed from Mike Richards at the 8:46 mark. While it wasn’t issued until later, Jordan Nolan was given the second assist on the goal.
The score remained that way until the 14:55 mark when the Kings broke out on a 2-on-1 where Anze Kopitar fed a streaking Justin Williams who made no mistake scoring on a helpless Jacob Markstrom. The goal was Williams’s second of the year but more importantly, it stood as his 500th-career NHL point.
It stayed 2-0 until over halfway through the third when, at the 12:28 mark, Jarret Stoll reached out and made a great cross-ice pass to the aforementioned Nolan who tipped his first of the year past Markstrom to put Los Angeles up by a field goal. Daniel Carcillo added to his goal earlier by recording an assist on Nolan’s tally.
While I am spending the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend at my father’s, I jokingly said to myself en route that I gave Justin Williams and Daniel Carcillo good luck by venturing through their respective hometowns of Cobourg and King City, Ontario. I did find an old Clifford (the big red dog) book I had when I was little and rubbed it hoping Kyle Clifford would score but alas, I pushed my luck. No worries, though, because the Kings won nonetheless.
As for Scrivens, I was a fan of his in Toronto and while watching the Kings trade Jonathan Bernier wasn’t easy, I did like who Los Angeles got in return (I really can’t stress that enough) and I even referred to Ben Scrivens as the “wild card” of the deal. He may not give Jonathan Quick a run for his money but he is just as reliable as Bernier was and even from his interviews, fans in Los Angeles are already entertained by the netminder’s intelligence.
It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon if you are a fan of the silver-and-black. After a perfect long weekend, the Kings travel to Tampa where they have a Tuesday night date with the Lightning in hopes of making their road trip a flawless 3-0.It