Kings hope to stay strong on penalty kill

It’s a bit surprising that the Kings are 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in this series, given that the Vancouver Canucks finished the regular season with the NHL’s fourth-best power-play percentage. It’s downright shocking that the Kings have a plus-2 goal differential on the penalty kill, courtesy of Dustin Brown’s two shorthanded goals in Game 2. It stands to reason that the Canucks’ power play will break through at some point, although the Kings’ penalty killing has been strong for most all of the season, as the Kings finished fourth in the league in kill percentage. Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll and Darryl Sutter weighed in on the Kings’ penalty killing…

DOUGHTY: “The PK, all season it’s been really good, but we wanted to carry that over to the playoffs. We got two shorthanded goals (in Game 2), which is a huge momentum swing. They’re looking to score one on the PP, and us getting one on the PK really brings them down as a team. The power play has been good too. I think it’s still got a lot of room for improvement, especially from the one unit, but we need to continue to get better and better on special teams, because they’re really key in the playoffs.’’

STOLL: “(Vancouver’s) breakout is very dangerous. They can create odd-man rushes and great scoring chances off their breakout. We did some work. We did some changes there, and it’s helping. We’re just reading off each other, supporting each other, keeping our speed and making good decisions, and forcing them to make tough decisions, basically.’’

SUTTER: “Quite honestly, the best part of our penalty killing has been our goaltending, and then we got two shorthanded goals (in Game 2).’’

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