Greene gets back to his `identity’
An underrated part of last night’s game was the play of Matt Greene. Yes, Greene took an early hooking penalty that led to Edmonton’s only goal, but things got much better for Greene from there. He finished with two assists, and contributed directly to the Kings’ fourth goal, as his slap shot from the point led to a rebound goal by Alec Martinez. More importantly, though, Greene played a good defensive gave and helped limit the chances of the Oilers’ talented forwards. Greene played 16 minutes, 39 seconds, and recorded three shots on goal. He was credited with only one hit, but earned some solid praise from Darryl Sutter for his physical game.
SUTTER: “Greener was awesome. I kept telling him that he had lost a little bit of jump in his game, the physical, the quick-to-contact stuff. He lost it the last, actually, since the St. Louis game he hasn’t been as sharp. He was better in Calgary the other night and he was better (against Edmonton). Guys like that have to have an identity. He was better at it the last two nights.
“He’s got to be a physical guy, a simple guy. Physical, move the puck. If he’s not finishing checks, then you can evaluate his game. He’s got to do that. In Calgary, too, he made a point of it.’’