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3 Things from the Kings 4-3 Overtime Win against the Sharks
The Kings played perhaps their most impressive game early this season, a 4-3 overtime win against the San Jose Sharks.
1. The Kings overcame a poor start. By poor start, I really do mean a poor start. The Sharks won the opening faceoff and scored 13 seconds into the game.
For a few moments, it felt like one of those games the Kings would cede to a superior team. But they didn't.
"The best part for me was the fact they scored a couple seconds in and we were able to come right back," head coach Darryl Sutter said.
2. The Kings forecheck made an appearance. The last couple of Kings games I covered were noted for the lack of any forecheck. It's one of the reasons the Kings lost to the Calgary Flames 3-2 last Monday.
But after giving up that goal in the beginning, they tie the game by dumping the puck and winning a puck battle. The came out to Drew Doughty who tied the game.
It should be noted the first shot on goal by both teams ended up being a goal.
In the second period, look at Kyle Clifford's work to tie the game:
And against a team that did not give up a power play goal on the road, the Kings scored twice including Anze Kopitar's game winner in overtime.
"A team like that where they have big bodies around, you've got to play a physical game," Anze Kopitar said. "Holding onto the puck in the offensive zone is probably the biggest key in trying to wear them down."
3. The Kings held the Sharks to only 20 shots. The Sharks averaged 37.8 shots on goal coming into the game. Like Kopitar said their forecheck wore out the Sharks. After gettinng nine shots and eight shots in the first and second periods respectively, the Sharks only had three shots in the third and none in the overtime period.
"I thought it was a strong effort," Justin Williams said. "It's a battle. There's not a free inch of ice out there. You've got to work out for everything especially in the offensive zone against them."
This is more like the Kings teams from the last couple of seasons. Perhaps it was them playing up to the level of the Sharks. But the sloppiness that plagued them against Calgary and Ottawa earlier in the season were gone.