It was not exactly what one would call a probable goal. Matt Greene (40 assists in 384 previous games) passed to Kevin Westgarth (three assists in 67 games), who passed to Kyle Clifford (seven goals in 81 games). Clifford shot and scored for a big fourth-line goal that gave the Kings a 2-0 lead.
“That’s a pretty good exacta: Clifford, Westgarth, Greene. Or trifecta,’’ Westgarth said.
All three players recorded their first points of the season on the goal, a particularly fitting reward for the fourth-line players (including center Trevor Lewis) who gave the Kings some quality minutes. Clifford got the goal, but it came from a nice cross-ice pass from Westgarth, whose hands are usually known for hitting people, not making strong passes. Jonathan Quick smiled when asked about Westgarth’s pass.
“I think everyone in the locker room was pretty happy for him there,’’ Quick said. “He had a big hit and a fight there in the first period, and it’s great to see him get rewarded on the other end.’’
A video of the goal is below…