A young goal, and a big one - LA Kings Insider

When Oscar Moller scored a second-period goal last night, the combined age of the goal was only 61. Moller is 21, and the assists came from 19-year-old Kyle Clifford and 21-year-old Drew Doughty. That brings into focus how young the Kings’ roster really is, and that goal was a product of three players making good plays. Doughty created space for himself at the blue line and got off a good shot. Clifford was running traffic between Doughty and goalie Jimmy Howard and got a deflection. Moller was in good position for the rebound and used some outstanding stick work to tuck the puck past Howard. That was a big goal for the Kings, as it gave them a two-goal lead shortly after they killed off back-to-back penalties. Today, Murray talked about the play…

MURRAY: “It was a great play by Doughty. He just held, and froze the guy and dragged the puck. That was vintage Doughty, from last year, and he did the same thing on the Kopitar goal, exactly the same look. He drags the puck and holds it. Moller made a great play on that. That’s a tough play. A lot of guys maybe wouldn’t even collect that puck. It’s past the post. He has to either pull it back, which, I thought if he would have tried that he would have never got it back. He just banks it off the side of the post and puts it into the empty net. Right place at the right time, but a strong play by him. He showed the skill that he has.”