Matt Frattin looked like he was ready for some football. He needed 14 stitches to mend a mouth wound after Pierre-Cedric Labrie of the Tampa Bay Lightning clipped him Tuesday. Frattin, a forward, also needed a football-style guard to protect his injury for Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
Tuesday’s game was memorable for Frattin, and not only because he took a stick in the mouth. He ended a 10-game goal-scoring drought with a power-play strike that helped the Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Lightning, giving him two goals and six points in 21 games this season.
“The chances are there, I’ve got to try and execute them,” Frattin said of producing more goals for the Kings, who acquired him and goaltender Ben Scrivens in the deal that sent goalie Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer.