The success for the Kings rookies continued on Tuesday as they defeated the Ducks rookies once again, this time by a 3-2 score. It may not have been as convincing as their win on Saturday night but Los Angeles got the job done and that’s the bottom line.
While the Kings put together a great team effort which included being perfect on the penalty-kill (like they were on Saturday), the individual efforts were just as noteworthy.
Nick Shore, who was drafted 82nd overall by Los Angeles in 2011, played a solid two-way game all night and was arguably the most fluid skater on the ice from either team.
Scott Sabourin, who, likes yours truly, grew up in the Ottawa, Ontario suburb of Orleans, chipped in by laying out some big hits, dropping the gloves and helped defenseman Alex Roach open the scoring on a point shot that he helped out by screening the Anaheim netminder.
Robbie Czarnik, who was drafted 63rd overall by the Kings in 2008, also helped out in a big way as he was tirelessly working to get the puck all night and, in the process, creating as many chances as he could for his team to win.
In goal, it was Patrik Bartosek holding the fort for the Kings. The Czech backstop who was selected 146th overall in the past June’s draft by the Kings really bailed his team out early, making some key saves to help the Kings rookies at bay despite a slow start. Bartosak went on to stop 25 of 26 shots en route to the win.
While the venue of the Toyota Sports Center was smaller than that of the Honda Center on Saturday night, the atmosphere on the ice was just as present. In fact, Tuesday night’s contest marked an elevation of hostilities as there was more scrumming and trash-talking after the whistle than there was on the weekend.
Nevertheless, it was another great outing by the Kings rookies as many of the freshman are certainly getting in a groove which is perfect considering training camp is just around the corner.