The Kings outshot the Ducks 14-7 in the first period, but that’s largely because the Kings had five power plays (and converted on one of them). Jack Johnson led the Kings with three shots on goal in the period.
Since there was no morning skate today, I haven’t had a chance to talk to Terry Murray today, but obviously Rich Clune is not in the lineup tonight. His specific injury has not been disclosed, but from what I’m told, speculation that he got injured when he was hit by a shot in a very delicate area is not accurate. I should know more after the game.
Corey Perry scored a 4-on-4 goal 2:03 into the first period. Perry shot from a sharp angle to the right of the net. Erik Ersberg looked to be square to the puck and got a good piece of it, but it trickled past him and into the net. Moments earlier, the Kings had a goal waved off because Ryan Smyth was called for goaltender interference.
For those of you who went to Frozen Fury — and if you did, you’re probably waking up right about…now — how was it? It always seems to be a fun trip, one I’ve never been able to make, but I definitely will next year!
Today’s morning skate got canceled by the coaching staff, but I’ll be down in Anaheim tonight for the game.
Quite a period in Vegas…
— Colorado took a 3-1 lead in the second period. His first goal came off an assist from Kyle Quincey and his second goal came off a rebound from a point shot.
— In between, Wayne Simmonds apparently made a mess out of the face of Matt Hendricks, after Hendricks delivered a hit on Jack Johnson that didn’t sit well with Simmonds.
— Did that spark the Kings? Well, Drew Doughty scored a 4-on-4 goal midway through the period to make it 3-2, and then Anze Kopitar tipped in a centering pass from Jack Johnson — for another 4-on-4 goal — to tie it with 6:06 remaining in the period.
— According to Nick and Daryl, Rich Clune was not on the bench during the second period. Hopefully I didn’t jinx him this morning…