Game 47 (23-15-9)
VANCOUVER – The Los Angeles Kings have ended their tour of Western Canada with a 3-2 win in Vancouver. After a somewhat deflating loss in Edmonton two night ago, the Kings needed to rebound in a big way as they were in for a tough test against the Canucks. They won and now improve their season series to 2-1-0 against Van City.
Los Angeles needed a much better start tonight than they did last game and that’s exactly what they got. It was the pancake man, Dustin Penner, who scored just his third goal of the year, opened the scoring early as he tipped in a Drew Doughty point shot. At one point, the Kings were outshooting the Canucks by a 12-2 margin, which is certainly a great way to turn things around in the momentum department.
With the assist, Doughty now has 11 points in his last 15 games and the Kings couldn’t be happier with their star defenseman as just a couple of months ago, it looked as if Doughty would never find his way onto the scoresheet. Justin Williams is also keeping up his consistent play as his power-play goal put the Kings up 2-1. Anze Kopitar, who assisted on the goal, also remains hot.
With the win, Jonathan Quick has improved to 2-0-2 in his last four starts as he stopped 31 shots. In his last three games, Quick has faced 94 shots and stopped 89 of them.
Although they didn’t all result in goals, Justin Williams led the way in the shot department with seven while Dustin Penner is continuously picking his play as he registered five shots. Brad Richardson also had a productive night as he managed four shots on goal. Overall, it was quite the clinic as Los Angeles peppered Roverto Luongo with a total of 41 shots.
On their three-game road trip, the Kings were impressive as they picked up five out of a possible six points. Now, they focus on winning their next three before the All-Star break.
So, now it’s back to Los Angeles as the Kings prepare to host Brent Sutter and the Calgary Flames on Thursday night in what will be the second meeting between the two clubs in five days.