LAst Night's Action: Kings Show No Rust from Olympic Break
LA Kings defeat Dallas Stars 5-1. Before the Olympic break the Kings were 10-1-1. Any fear of the momentum going away was unfounded as goalie Jonathan Quick worked off his own rust to keep the Kings marching into the playoff. The Stars didn’t ease him into things getting off seven shots on goal in the first period all of which he blocked. Jarrett Stoll got the scoring started early for the Kings at 5:44 into the first period on an assist by Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus. Frolov would get a goal of his own 3:15 into the second period off of a Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson assist. The Stars would go on the offense taking advantage of sloppy Kings defense, but Quick blocked everything that came his way. In the midst of this onslaught Brad Richardson got in a wrist shot to give the Kings a 3-0 lead to stem the tide. Ryan Smyth made it a 4-0 at the end of the second period with Frolov and Oscar Moller assisting. After Mike Ribeiro ended the shutout with a power play goal for the Stars, Anze Kopitar capped it off with his own power play goal with seven seconds left in the game. Quick becomes the first Kings goalie to win 36 games in a season and leads the NHL in wins.
LA Lakers defeat Indiana Pacers 122-99. The Lakers started out the game playing as if they knew they were playing against the Pacers. Without a field goal the Lakers fell to a quick 8-4 deficit. In fact they didn’t get their field goal until Pau Gasol hit an eight foot jumper in the paint 5:38 into the first quarter. The Lakers would just squeak by with a six point lead at halftime. But the third quarter belonged to the Lakers and they held the Pacers to 17 points. Even Adam Morrison got some playing time getting six points. Kobe Bryant led the scoring for the Lakers with 24 points while Pau Gasol had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Jordan Farmar made the biggest save of the night with 33 seconds left in the game with a steal to preserve the tacos for the Lakers crowd.
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