The Kings rookies defeated their Ducks counterparts 3-2 on Monday in El Segundo, taking a hard-hitting victory in the second of two games over their rivals. Here’s what stood out most of all in a well-played and very well-attended game:
First, the Kings couldn’t have withstood an early Ducks’ onslaught without the goaltending of Patrik Bartosak. He made 25 saves during his two-period stint, leaving with the Kings ahead 3-1 after 40 minutes. Bartosak, from the Czech Republic by way of Red Deer (Alberta) of the Western Hockey League, is the kind of goalie the Kings would have killed for back in the day when it seemed they had a revolving door at the position. He’s athletic, and he could be their goalie of the future if anything unfortunate were to happen to Jonathan Quick. Bartosak was easily the most impressive King on the ice Monday.