There was a certain amount of danger for the Kings entering last night’s game. They were coming off a big, impressive victory over Calgary, and if they took too much time to admire that win, they ran the risk of getting tripped up by a young, fast Edmonton team that had already beaten the Kings twice in two meetings this season. It didn’t happen. The Kings, even without Jeff Carter, essentially picked up where they left off in Calgary. They scored a goal 52 seconds into the game, and even though they allowed a game-tying power-play goal less than a minute later, they didn’t wobble. Mike Richards scored a massive shorthanded goal, the Kings even added a power-play goal and the defensemen did a good job of limiting the chances of a talented group of Oilers forwards.
It didn’t hurt that the Oilers lost two defensemen to injury during the game, but even with the Oilers at full strength, the Kings would have been a better team. Jonathan Quick allowed a stoppable goal, but then more than made up for that with a couple excellent glove saves late in the first period. The Kings moved back into first place in the Pacific Division with four games remaining in the regular season. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…
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