When it comes to the Kings’ “new-look” lines, the line of Richardson, Kopitar and Simmonds found some early success, and Michal Handzus and Alexander Frolov have always had a certain chemistry. The line that probably has taken the longest to come together is that of Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown.
Brown had an interesting quote last night, in which he essentially said that playing with Smyth can take some time to adjust to, because of the way Smyth likes to play with the puck. The three seemed to be on the same page Tuesday, as they were on the ice together for three of the Kings’ first four goals. Terry Murray had solid praise for the line today, and not just on the offensive side…
MURRAY: “I liked it last night. They seemed to be developing some chemistry. Certainly whenever you put up some points, there’s always that result at the end of the day, that you’re able to look at the stat sheet and say, `Boy, they accomplished something really good here tonight.’ But overall, in the checking part of the game, they were really good.
“Jarret Stoll in particular, I thought, really dug in in the third period, in plays in the D-zone, his board battles. He was strong on the puck and had some big hits in those 1-on-1 battles. So not only were they putting some points up, but they were recognizing that it’s important to shut this game down and not give anything up. Overall, they did a very good job on that side of it also.”