The term “60-minute effort’’ gets tossed around by players and coaches so often that it becomes a cliche, but the Kings’ game last night is the perfect example of a 60-minute effort. They started well, they got an early goal and they never let up. The Calgary Flames had their moments of threatening play, but that’s all they were: moments. The Kings did an excellent job of managing the Flames’ top players and the Kings did a near-flawless job on the penalty kill against a Calgary team that had been hot on the power play of late.
Jonathan Quick didn’t face tremendous pressure, but he did everything well. He looked calm and confident in the net, and never wavered. Quick calmly knocked away Alex Tanguay’s first-period attempt, when Tanguay found himself alone in front of the net after a faceoff scramble. That would prove to be the Flames’ best chance of the night, as the Kings maintained a consistent effort throughout three periods and moved into seventh place in the Western Conference with five games remaining. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…
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