Kings at Oilers: Goodbye and Good Riddance Canada
After 3 games of 1-goal losses, this really was a pleasant outcome.
The Kings wasted no time asserting their dominance as Anze Kopitar decided that he was tired of losing and scored a goal 27 minutes into the game.
The top line dominated the first period when 9 minutes in, Gaborik scores a goal to bring the Kings up 2. He would not be tamed though, and throughout the game just skated circles around the Oilers to set up some great opportunities for other players.
No one could capitalize on those pretty passes, so instead he scores another from a hilariously far point.
Maybe save that one Fasth.
Back to Back Penaltyless games
For a team that loves to get penalty after penalty, the Kings seem to have changed their tune these last couple of games. What scares me is that I just assume that they’re saving all of their penalties for the playoffsan will spend a full period in the box.
Martin Jones shutout
This is Martin Jones’ 4th shutout in his rookie year. That’s just nonsense. He made a fantastic sprawling save on Taylor Hall who wasn’t able to elevate the puck, and allowed the Oilers absolutely nothing. Granted, it was a 17 save shutout, but he still denied them and kept the Kings in the running for the Jennings.
Oh, and he showed a little bit of his goalie rage side when Perron crashed the net, and Greene had to pull Jones back from roughing someone up. I might like that even more than the shutout.
No hat trick for Gaborik
Despite scoring that third goal, it was immediately called off due to goaltender interference. That didn’t stop enthusiastic Kings fans from jumping the gun and tossing hats on the ice though.
Just about everything re: Edmonton Oilers
There is just so much sadness surrounding the Oilers. I’m not even trying to be mean, or rub it in, but man, it is desolate. Here, a list:
Sam Gagner leaves the game with a broken ankle
ZERO goals for the Oilers
The Oilers were shut out for the 7th time on home ice, and 10th time this season
3 SOG in the 3rd period
Rexall Place cleared out pretty quick, and those who stayed booed
Their GM seems to be some movie villain locked in a barren prison
Finally a win for the Kings both for the game and for the fact that they don’t have to go back to Canada any time soon. California best!