Kings Drown Islanders 5-1
There were to be no excuses for the Kings. They were supposed to win this game being one of the elite teams in the NHL facing the New York Islanders - one of the worst. And they did exactly what was expected of them by burying the Islanders 5-1 in front of yet another sell-out STAPLES Center crowd.
“It’s kind of hard to get into these types of games because you’re expected to win,” Anze Kopitar said.
Despite the modesty, Kopitar helped to put the game away in the first five minutes clogging up the front of the net to give the Kings the 2-0 lead and earning his 299th and 300th point in the NHL. Kopitar redirected Dustin Brown’s right-point shot at 1:23 and fought with the falling Islanders’ players to get the puck past goalie Dwayne Roloson at 5:02 on Drew Doughty’s entry shot from the right point.
It forced Islanders’ head coach Scott Gordon to use up his timeout - and it seemed to work when Rob Schremp scored 37 seconds later to cut the Kings’ lead to 2-1. And from that point on in the first period the Kings seemed content to ride out the lead for the remaining 55 minutes.