LAst Night's Action: Kings Refuse To Back Down But Lose in OT
Chicago Blackhawks defeat LA Kings 3-2 (OT). Kings right winger Brad Richardson made a horrendous turnover at center ice giving the puck over to Blackhawks center Dave Bolland who then passed it to a charging Patrick Sharp. It was just Sharp and goalie Jonathan Quick. And just like the first goal scored in the game, Sharp got it through Quick to give the Blackhawks the overtime victory 2:08 in the extra period. It was a hard fought game for both teams with the Kings staving off a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:41 in the first period thanks to a Wayne Simmonds slashing and Sean O’Donnell cross checking penalties. Anze Kopitar got scored a go-ahead power play goal 6:50 in the second period and got an assist on the Dustin Brown goal earlier in the period giving him points in eight straight games and 16 of his last 17 games. As disappointing as the loss might be, the Kings can come away from this game knowing that they could play with and not be intimidated by one of the better teams in the league. After all it was one mistake that cost them the game.
Miami Heat defeat LA Clippers 108-97. The Clippers were 2-19 on the road since December 19 before coming into Miami. Well that’s just move that counter to 2-20. The Clippers kept the game interesting for three quarters, but as usual collapsed in the end. Rasual Butler scored 31 points for the Clippers while not scoring once in the final 16:50. Whenever Butler scores 30 points his teams have gone 1-5 the one win being while he was with the New Orleans Hornets when they played.... You guess it. The Clippers! By the way, has anyone told Mike Dunleavy that he’s fired yet?