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Anze Kopitar and Alex Ovechkin

Los Angeles, California – How do you spell shellacking? K-I-N-G-S!! The Los Angeles Kings put on an offensive show last night to defeat the Washington Capitals 5-2 at the Staples Center. Yours truly was in attendance and wow, what a game!! The Kings improved to 6-1-3 under coach Darryl Sutter and moved into sixth place in the Western Conference. Just one point behind San Jose for 1st place in the Pacific Division. I was a bit worried when Marcus Johansson scored just 1:34 into the first period on what looked like to me (and several Kings fans), a very soft goal against backup goalie, Joanthan Bernier. But my heart, mind and spirit were lifted when Kyle Clifford answered back at 11:41 with a close range backhand off a rebound from Trent Hunter. It was Clifford’s second goal of the season snapping a 17 game drought.

The Staples Center was brought back to life and the energy pulsed even more when Anze Kopitar scored off an assist from team captain Dustin Brown with 33.5 second remaining in the first period. “It took a lot of steam out of our sails,” Caps defenseman Karl Anzer said. “Especially when, the guys that are out there, they’re really counted on to stop those. For whatever reason right now, that’s not happening. I don’t think we’re getting things going our way too much, but at the same time, we’re a little slow to make some plays.”

Washington lost its second straight game after a four-game winning streak and even replaced their goalie, Tomas Vokoun, who was relieved in the third period by Michal Neuvirth. “We wanted to have a good start and we had a good start,” Capitals team captain Alex Oveckin said. “Two mistakes cost us almost the whole game – (Dennis) Wideman lost a guy in our zone and he got a goal and Laich lost a puck. I’m not calling out only these two guys. I had mistakes in our zone and everybody had mistakes on our zone and that cost us the game.” Washington is also playing without Center Nicklas Backstrom who is out with a head injury and Defenseman Mike Green who is out with a groin injury. Washington has also lost its past 13 games when Ovechkin has gone pointless.

The Kings play again at the Staples Center this Thursday (1/12) against the Dallas Stars. The puck drops at 7:30 and will be broadcast on Fox Sports West. GO KINGS GO!

  1. January 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Great recap. Great game. But as much as I hate to admit it the highlight was the Johnson Tebow. Too funny.

    • Justin
      January 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      It was pretty funny, but apparently, I missed it. Too busy cheering and yelling about the goal!!

    • January 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Johnson was unapologetic about Tebowing in his interview between periods, too. Good on him!

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