The Key Three: March 6

The hockey fates work in strange ways. The Kings played in Nashville on Feb. 27, and Trevor Lewis had a chance to score from the front of the net in the first period, but was a bit off-balance and couldn’t lift the puck over goalie Pekka Rinne. The Kings lost by one goal. Then, just eight days later, Lewis found himself in front of the same goalie, at the same end of the ice, with a puck in very close to the same location. This time, Lewis had his feet firmly under him and lifted the puck into the net to give the Kings a critical two-goal lead in the third period. In close, playoff-like games, those are the plays that become huge. The Kings held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but the Predators rallied each time. Finally, the Kings scored twice in the first three minutes of the third period and (narrowly) made the lead stand up. Jonathan Quick wasn’t at his best, but for all the times this season he has kept the Kings in game when they couldn’t score, the team owed him one (or five, or 20). What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: March 6


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