The Key Three: March 17
During the second intermission last night, the smart money would have bet that the game would go to a shootout. The Kings and Nashville Predators were playing a tight, smart 1-1 game, with both goalies looking smart. It wouldn’t have been ridiculous to predict that the Kings would score a third-period goal. Only a total optimist would have predicted two goals. Three? From Dustin Penner, Dwight King and Kyle Clifford. Surely you jest. Yet that’s exactly what happened. The first eight minutes of the third period were tight, but Penner scored a huge goal to break the tie, and then King scored five minutes later and Clifford scored three minutes after that. That was quite a swerve in the plot, but one that the Kings happily accepted, as it propelled them to their fourth consecutive victory. Jonathan Bernier did what he does: beat Nashville. Bernier didn’t have to be brilliant, but he was steady and did everything well, including a handful of quality saves on strong Nashville scoring chances. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…
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