Toronto Maple Leafs @Los Angeles Kings
(March 2nd 2017)
by: Darrin Pfeiffer
Playoffs in March!!
There was a strange malaise in the air tonight at Staples. Kings traded for Jerome Iginla, guys havn’t been playing all that hot, offense is sputtering and Bob Miller announced his retirement.
The sense of do or die was in the air.
Leafs win face off and for several minutes the ice was tilted towards the Kings end. Kings were running around and having trouble getting out of their own zone and at the 2:04 mark they paid for it. Marner got a loose puck over to Tyler Bozak and he pots his 15th for the 1-0 Leafs lead.
The rest of the period the Kings had some chances but Andersen was up to the task.
1-0 after 20 min.
Most of the early part of the period the Kings looked sluggish and un-interested in the game. One boring rush followed by another boring turnover. Hard to watch!!!
With a faceoff in the Kings end the Boyle line vs the Carter line. Boyle wins it CLEANLY and shuffles it back to Nikita Zaitsev and he rips it on Quick for his 3rd and just like that, it’s 2-0 Leafs.
Leafs speed is killing the Kings….KILLING!!!
Someone, (maybe Brown), said something in the dressing room because the Kings came out with a chip.
Still on the PP Kopitar settles the puck and rips it on net, puck is def. going wide but it hits Nikita Zaitsev’s helmet and deflects past Andersen for the PP goal. Hey, as long as it goes IN!!! 2-1 Leafs just :27 seconds in.
The Kings Pearson coming along the LW boards gets ROCKED by Marchenko but gets up and stays with the play. Puck comes to Toffoli and he gets it to Pearson in front of Andersen and he bats it in. Tied at 2 at the 1:57 mark.
Kings, (and the Leafs), poured it on!! One fast rush after another. One good scoring chance after another….but, goal keepers were as sharp as the skaters.
Frame ends 2-2
Frame was PACKED with back and forth action. Quick made some grade A saves to keep the Kings from losing their 3rd OT in a row. I’m talking Dominik Hasek style saves!!! NUTS!!
Carter – no goal
Mathews – no goal
Pearson – no goal
Marner – no goal
Kopitar – GOAL
Nylander – NO GOAL
2 HUGE POINTS!!!!
Kopitar after game:
Iginla after game:
Iginla talking altitude changes:
**Iginla finished game with 15:46 and no SOG.
**Dustin Brown had 7 SOG….FIRECRACKER!!!
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