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Kings Halfway Through the Season – Get the Win and Gain Momentum


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Goalie Jonathan Quick gets the first star of the night for his league leading 6th shutout of the season.

Well, it wasn’t the prettiest goal I’ve ever seen. But Drew Doughty’s goal just 38 seconds into overtime, was enough to lift the Kings to a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes last night at the Staples Center. It was Doughty’s first goal since November 10, 2011. The Kings are now 5-0-3 under new head coach Darryl Sutter and have yet to lose a game in regulation. In addition, the Kings have earned points in their last 9 straight games, two points shy of the franchise record. “To finally contribute on the score sheet with a goal for the team, and most important, we get the win, I was really happy,” Doughty said. “We’re kind of sick of going to OT and giving other teams points,” Doughty said in his postgame TV interview, adding that it wasn’t their best game.

Their best game it was not, but I think a couple of points are worth mentioning. First, the Kings are playing much, much more aggressively. I credit coach Sutter for this move and it is really helping the Kings play. Second, the Kings are back checking with enormous effect which is forcing turnovers and keeping the pressure up on their opponents. This in turn is helping the Kings to get more shots on goal. While many of those shots have not scored goals, the fact that they are getting more chances will only lead to good things.

 The Los Angeles Kings hit the half way point in the season last night and now have an overall record of 20-14-7. Just one point behind San Jose for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Not an ideal situation for the Kings to be sure, but I smell a monster comeback on the horizon. As I have said many, many, many times, the Kings have the talent. If they put the pieces in the right order, they can be an enormously succuessful team. Darryl Sutter seems to be doing that and I have high hopes for the Kings continued succuess.

Jonathan Quick recorded is 6th shutout of the season, 20th of his career AND remains on top of the NHL leaderboard in the shutout department. Quick made 22 saves in regulation and stopped a total of 27 shots. “It doesn’t matter how we do it, as long as we are getting two points and we continue to climb in the standings,” Quick said.

 Indeed.

The Kings face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow afternoon at the Staples Center. 1:00 PM on Fox Sports West. GO KINGS GO!!

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