Los Angeles Kings

LA Kings Get First Win: Keys to the Game

The Los Angeles Kings woke up Sunday before the game against the Detroit Red Wings knowing that they would be without goaltenderĀ Jonathan Quick.

This isn’t the first time the Kings have been without Quick. In 2013 he suffered a groin injury and backup Martin Jones played in his place. After just one period in game one of the 2016 season, they lost him for 50 games and Peter Budaj stepped into the fray.

Last night, it was Jack Campbell‘s turn.

Despite the injury to their number one net minder, the Kings and Campbell put up a solid effort. They eventually came away with a 4-2 win in a sloppy game.

LA were out shot 38-25, had trouble staying out of the penalty box, and continue to struggle on the power play. But yet, they still managed to find a way to get maximum points.

Top Line Carrying the Team

In the first two games, the top line of Anze Kopitar, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Alex Iafallo have scored four of the Kings six goals.

The captain, Kopitar, started the scoring by putting a backhand past former King goalieĀ Jonathan Bernier four minutes into the second period. Iafallo had himself a big game too. He scored two goals in the game for his second-career two goal game.

Nine minutes into the third period the Kings got a two goal cushion when Kovalchuk intercepted a puck and threw a no look back-handed pass to Iafallo who buried a wrister for the goal. Iafallo finished the scoring with an empty net goal.

Powerless Play Game

After going 0-5 in the powerplay in their first game, the Kings continued to struggle. They were held scoreless and went 0-3 in game two. The Kings squandered an opportunity early in the first when they failed to score on a four minute double minor high stick.

Even with the extended advantage, but their play was sloppy. LA had difficulty keeping the puck in the Red Wings zone. The Kings tried to beef up their offense by using four forwards and putting Kovalchuk at the point but they still couldn’t score.

Jack Campbell Steps Up

He’s not Quick, but the back up certainly did his best impression stopping 36 of 38 shots. Campbell didn’t show off his athletic ability quite like Quick normally does, though, he gave the team what they needed most: a win.

If the Kings are going to weather the early season without Quick, they’ll need Campbell to continue to be at his best.


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