Arizona Coyotes @ Los Angeles Kings
(March 14th 2017)
by: Darrin Pfeiffer
Another Kings opportunity to gain ground….but....these are the Kings were talking about here. No diss....it's just, they're the Kings, they'll find a way to flub it.
Kings were flying in this frame and put quality shots on the dogs net-minder but no “puck luck”. Ben Bishop was sharp and didn’t have to be spectacular.
No score after 20 min.
The energy kept up, early on the Kings had a PP and the 1st unit had great puck movement but Louis Domingue was the difference.
Muzzin rips one from the point and Tyler Toffoli is johnny on the spot. 1-0 Kings at the 5:03 mark. Kings have had trouble scoring the first goal of the game this season so this one was nice to see.
After the goal the Kings were BUZZIN. The ice was definitely tilted towards Domingue. Coyotes pushed back towards the end of the frame but Bishop was there.
Period ends 1-0 Kings.
Nice to carry a lead into the 3rd but scoring remains an issue.
Kings kept coming and eventually it paid off in the form of a hooking call on the Coyotes Connor Murphy. Kings to the PP and Tyler Toffoli finds open ice and Cater fakes the shot and lines a (sweet ass) no look pass to Tyler and it’s 2-1 with 1:36 remaining in the frame. Game over right?
After Doughty nearly scores from behind his own net, (puck hit something and deflected), the Kings fail to clear the zone and it cost em. Reverse puck luck strikes again. A loose puck squirts to Max Domi to the left of Bishop and BAM, it’s tied at 2 with :45 left in the 3rd.
Some nice chances for the Kings but Louis Domingue was solid, (as was Bishop).
Carter and Perlini score in the first round then 9 ½ rounds of saves till Anthony DeAngelo scores on Bishop and it’s game over
2-1 Coyotes in SO.
This game pretty much sums up the Kings season. Trying to score but can’t, trying to win but can’t. Not getting puck luck, not GOOD ENOUGH!!!
**Kings pick up 1 point and are now 4 points behind STL for the final playoff spot.
**STL plays Ducks tonight….can’t believe I’m saying this…GO DUCKS!!!
A VERY winnable game against (my) Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at Staples.
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