A trade, a win, and a couple notes that won’t make tomorrow’s paper.

The Reign gutted out a 2-1 shootout win against Las Vegas that ended their losing streak at three, and ended their season-long home losing streak at 6. For those of you who attended the game and have never seen a Reign home victory before, that thing where the players gather around The Dragon at center ice and raise their sticks to the crowd? It’s been standard post-victory protocol for three years now.

Dusty Collins and Shawn Collymore scored goals in the shootout, Kellen Briggs made a total of 40 saves – including one on a last-second breakaway – and the Reign were a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill, including a pair of 5-on-3s.

They did all this despite the absence of Jon Francisco, Chad Starling, Chaz Johnson and Pierre-Andre Bureau – who was traded to the Stockton Thunder for future considerations prior to the game.

Here are a few notes that won’t appear in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin:


• David Walker played his 150th game in a Reign uniform, probably played more than 30 minutes (including time killing both 5-on-3 penalties) and picked up the secondary assist on Jordan Morrison’s 5-on-3 goal.

• If anyone matched Walker’s minutes total, it was defnseman Lane Caffaro, who also helped kill both 5-on-3 disadvantages.

• There was a reason the Reign failed to garner any significant momentum from their big penalty kills. Said coach Karl Taylor: “We ran some guys pretty hard there with some pretty big minutes. Guys sitting on the bench who aren’t killing have to be ready to push back, but it’s kind of a catch-22. They’ve been sitting there for three or four minutes on the bench, so their legs potentially get heavy. They’re rested but they’re not in the flow.”

• Newcomer Justin Taylor was active on the power play and in the faceoff circle all night. “He flew all day, had a physical, had a three-minute talk with me, and we threw him into the lineup. Tough circumstances for him. I thought he did well. He had a couple good looks. Hopefully he’s going to help us up our goal total,” Karl Taylor said.

• The Reign were outshot, 37-32, but their 32 shots on goal were their most since Oct. 30. It was only the fourth time all season the Reign have cracked the 30-shot plateau. Putting shots on goal “was our focus tonight,” Karl Taylor said.

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    A much better game (and outcome) last night. The boys seemed to be playing with a newfound sense of urgency, especially on offense. A couple of ill-advised penalties could’ve easily done us in, but the PK came through, and Briggs looked strong again in goal.

    Now that we’re off the schneid at home, let’s make it two in a row this afternoon.

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