After dominating the first period, the Kings were pushed around a bit in the second as the Colorado Avalanche narrowed the lead to 2-1. Paul Stastny scored on a wraparound for the Avalanche at 16:19 of the middle period. The Avalanche outshot the Kings 11-6 in the period. In fact, the Kings went 12:54 without a shot on net before Anze Kopitar sent a harmless shot from the right wing at Colorado goalie Sami Aittokallio.
Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco gave rookie goaltender Sami Aittokallio his first start Thursday night. All he had to do was face the defending Stanley Cup champions two nights after they stunk it up in the third period of a 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. The Avs didn’t make it easy on the 20-year-old Finn, giving up two early goals and hardly showing up after they played exceptionally well in defeating the Ducks on Wednesday. Jeff Carter (power play) and Mike Richards scored for the Kings, who outshot Colorado 15-4 in the period. Jonathan Quick hardly had to break a sweat in the opening 20 minutes.
The Kings kept the pressure on Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen for extended periods, but couldn’t beat him in the second period Thursday night at Staples Center. In fact, for all the Kings’ dominance, they couldn’t score. They had 18 shots on net in the middle period and exteneded their overall advantage over the Stars to 30-15. But they couldn’t put the puck in the back of the net. In fact, it was Kings goalie Jonathan Quick who had to make a couple of big saves late in the period to keep the game scoreless.
The Kings scratched 20-year-old rookie Tyler Toffoli and Jordan Nolan returned to the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars at Staples Center. Nolan generated a quality scoring chance, cutting through the Stars’ defense and unleashing a shot from the slot that Kari Lehtonen had to be sharp to handle. Kyle Clifford had another good scoring opportunity for the Kings, breaking ahead of the pack on a shorthanded bid in the closing seconds of the opening period. The Kings outshot the Stars 12-5.
No more jokes about not being able to spell drought without Doughty. Drew got his first goal of the season with a shot from the left faceoff circle through traffic 6:28 into the second period Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Kings built a 2-0 lead in the second period over the Phoenix Coyotes for the second consecutive night. Meanwhile, the Coyotes’ scoreless streak reached 234:05, a franchise record. The Coyotes haven’t scored since their victory last Tuesday over the Kings in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes’ previous mark of futility was 226:21, set from Feb. 25 to March 3, 1998.
Stop if you’ve read this before, but the Kings held the Phoenix Coyotes without a goal for another period Tuesday night. One night after blanking the Coyotes 4-0, the Kings shut them out again in the first period. Dustin Penner scored the only goal of the period for the Kings, smacking home a flawless centering pass from Justin Williams at the 14:38 mark to make it 1-0. The Coyotes came out buzzing around Jonathan Bernier’s net and recorded the game’s first five shots and seven of the first eight. But they came up scoreless. Phoenix last scored last Tuesday in a victory over the Kings.
Tyler Toffoli scored his first NHL goal in his second game with the Kings, a power-play strike midway through the second period Monday night at Staples Center. Toffoli’s goal, off a rebound from near the left goal post, gave the Kings a 2-0 lead. Toffoli, a 20-year-old forward, was the second rookie to score in the game for the Kings. Defenseman Jake Muzzin scored the Kings’ first goal, also on a power play, in the first period. Muzzin’s goal was his sixth in his 25th NHL game.
The evolution of defenseman Jake Muzzin continued in the first period of the Kings’ game Monday night against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center. Muzzin blasted a power-play goal past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith 6 minutes, 1 second into the game for his sixth goal of his rookie season. And to think, Muzzin would still be playing for the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League if not for injuries to veterans Matt Greene (back) and Willie Mitchell (knee). Muzzin has proved to be a reliable puck-mover in his first 25 games in the NHL, including Monday.
Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks to cut the Kings’ lead to 2-1 only 35 seconds into the second period. Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped Tommy Wingels on a penalty shot at 7:58 of the second after rookie Tyler Toffoli slashed Wingles’ stick in half on a partial breakaway. The Kings then took command with goals from Jarret Stoll, Kyle Clifford (his second of the game) and Dwight King to make it 5-1 going into the third. It was Clifford’s first multi-goal game of his career.
Kyle Clifford scored only 2 minutes, 27 seconds into the game, and Justin Williams banked in a second goal at 12:19 of the opening period as the Kings dominated play against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at Staples Center. The Kings outshot the Sharks 12-5. The score would have been far more onesided if not for the play of San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi, who made several excellent saves in the first. Rookie forward Tyler Toffoli made his NHL debut for the Kings and just missed scoring his first goal on a charge to the net. Jeff Carter set him up with a superb pass from the left wing, but Toffoli couldn’t convert late in the period. Toffoli had a team-leading 28 goals in 55 games with the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League. He played 4:19 in the opening period, skating six shifts.