Rob Blake scored seven minutes into the third period to break a 1-1 tie and Frolov added an empty netter. Moulson had his second goal in two games. The Kings had just two penalties and didn’t allow a power play until late in the third period. LaBarbera had 28 saves.
Here’s some AP quotes:
“Three points for us is a lot,” Rob Blake said. “We understood the challenge at hand here coming on this type of a trip after the break. We had a good effort in Philly, and tonight we got the job done.”
“You can’t really look at the big picture,” Jason LaBarbera said. “It’s probably good for us to get out here and see something different and get away from the stuff we’ve seen a lot of this year. We’ve played well the first two games on this trip and hopefully we can just keep doing what we’re doing.”
“We know there is some sickness on that team right now and they battled like crazy,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “We were really good tonight. We didn’t give up much.”
Kevin Dallman was loaned to Manchester for conditioning. He remains on the Kings 23-man roster and is likely to rejoin the team at some point during this trip. Looks like, coming back from his injury, they wanted to get him some more activity than he is getting now.
I can’t give you guys the normal inside-the-locker-room access while the Kings are on this road trip, so I thought I’d see what else I can do. Rich talked about interviewing Manchester Monarchs coach Mark Morris before his promotion. With a lot of Monarchs players expected to finish the season with the Kings, I figured now would be a good time to look him up. If you have a question for Morris, post it here and I’ll give it consideration.
Alexander Frolov made a bad turnover at the offensive blue line, Mike Richards took the puck and passed it inside to a charging Scott Hartnell. Hartnell was tangled up Lubomir Visnovsky and couldn’t get his stick on the puck but it went off his skate and in as he tried to slide to a stop in front of the net with 28.5 seconds left in OT. The officials reviewed it and ruled there was no intentional kick. Unfortunate ending. The Kings were really dominated by Philadelphia in OT, but you have to feel good about their chances if they can get to a shootout.
Anze Kopitar scored his 20th goal of the season, tying his rookie output. Matt Moulson scored his fourth goal, and first since being called back up three games ago. Brian Willsie did play after missing five games with a sore back, so that could mean that Teddy Purcell won’t rejoin the team for a while. Maybe he’ll be brought up at the end of the trip if Dustin Brown is going to take off two games to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.
$1.2 million over two years (600k per). He’s making $475,000 this season.
Forward Raitis Ivanans received a two-year contract extension from the Kings. The 29-year-old enforcer, in his second season with the team, had four points and 80 penalty minutes in 43 games entering tonight’s game in Philadelphia despite missing time with a fractured cheekbone. Terms of the agreement were not announced, but I’ll see what I can find out. The timing looks like a reward for his fight with George Parros of the Ducks on Thursday, though I’m sure it was in the works for longer. Not an Earth-shattering signing but Ivanans does serve an important role as the only King who can really fight.
Former Kings defenseman Jere Karalahti was charged Tuesday morning with smuggling amphetamines into Finland, according to the Associated Press. The 32-year-old, who has been playing hockey in Finland, was charged with smuggling nine pounds of amphetamines into the country and providing $29,500 for the smuggling operations. If found guilty, he could face six years in prison.
I’m sure this comes as little surprise to Kings fans. Karalahti left the NHL in 2002 after being suspended six months for his third violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. He was originally drafted by the Kings in the sixth round in 1993.
I had a story in today’s paper on what to look for from the Kings after the break. For those who don’t get the paper, it ran on the front page of the Daily News sports section — the third front-page Kings story in the past six days. The Kopitar All-Star feature and the Ducks gamer also ran on the front. I believe we had three front-page Kings stories on the season before this stretch.
to rejoin the Kings for the eight-game road trip. Purcell has not been recalled. This could be because Lombardi is waiting until after Purcell participated in the AHL All-Star game Monday. That makes sense. But, you never know, it could mean the Kings think Willsie is ready to play and will go that route. Adds some intrigue to tomorrow.
I had a feature today on Anze Kopitar and the reaction to his All-Star selection in his homeland.