LAst Night's Action: Kings Beat Panthers for Winning Road Trip
LA Kings defeat Florida Panthers 4-3 (SO). Jack Johnson shoots the winning goal in the shootout as the Kings notch a victory in their last two games on the road for a winning road trip going 3-2-0. The Panthers came out in the second period scoring two goals within two minutes. Johnson would get the Kings in the game with a power play goal halfway in the second period. After Jarrett Stoll knocked evened the game in the third period on a power play goal, the Lightning had a power play opportunity. Randy Jones helped to kill the penalty by scoring a short handed goal for the Kings to take the lead with seconds left in the power play. The win gives the Kings 28 points, second most in the Western Conference.
Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Anaheim Ducks 5-2. Pittsburgh scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game, the first one at a minute and a half, and the game was over. While Todd Marchant tried to keep the game close with a short handed goal in the first period, the Penguins just overpowered the hapless Ducks who did not score a win in their four-game road trip.
Cal State Fullerton Titans defeat UCLA Bruins 68-65 (2OT). What a way to open the season Bruins. This was the worst basketball game I have ever seen. With the injuries plagueing the Bruins, the starters haven’t had much of an opportunity to practice together and it showed. They shot an abysmal 31% in the game, 5-for-29 from three-point range and didn’t make their first field goal until 16:24 in the first half. The Bruins had no offensive identity and had a hard time stopping Fullerton’s dribble drive until midway in the second half. In the first overtime both teams scored three points each. Half way in the second overtime the only score was a jumper by Fullerton’s Aaron Thompson who led all scorers with 22 points. Michael Roll and Malcolm Lee, who was cramping up all night, each scored 17 points.
Detroit Pistons at LA Lakers. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 710 KSPN.
LA Clippers at New Orleans Hornets. 5:00 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.
UC Riverside Highlanders at USC Trojans. 7:30 pm USCTrojans.com.