Kings Can't Solve Schneider, Fall In OT

Alex Kinkopf  - LAKings.com | Friday, 11.22.2013 / 2:09 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA – It boils down to finishing. Tonight, the Kings couldn’t.

Shot after shot, chance after chance, but the Kings just couldn’t find a way to get a puck past Devils’ netminder Cory Schneider. They outplayed, and at times dominated the New Jersey Devils throughout the night – but the puck just wasn’t bouncing in the Kings’ favor this evening.

After a scoreless first period, in which the Kings outshot the Devils 14-2, they did carry something with them into the second frame – momentum.

The second period didn’t present goals for either side, but the Kings continued to batter New Jersey in the shot department, outshooting New Jersey 13-3, and by a combined 27-5 through 40 minutes of play.

At this point in the contest, Dustin Brown had as many shots (5) as the entire New Jersey Devils roster.

Shots, no matter the number, don’t matter if they’re not changing the scoreboard.

The Devils were the first to strike twine tonight with 14:08 remaining in regulation, as Ryan Carter snuck a backhand shot past Ben Scrivens to put New Jersey up 1-0. The Devils scored on just their seventh shot of the game. The Kings, at the time, had 29 shots.

They responded quickly, finally finding a way to beat Cory Schneider just 1:05 after the Devils’ scored, as Justin Williams slammed home an Anze Kopitar shot with 13:03 remaining in the third period.

Kopitar’s shot was already trickling past Schneider, but Williams had to make sure it crossed the line, because the way things were going for the Kings against Schneider tonight, there were no guarantees.

That was Justin Williams’ 199th career NHL goal.

The Kings skated past regulation once again as the score remained 1-1 after 60 minutes. The Kings outshot the Devils 32-12 through three periods.

Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey’s leading scorer, finalized tonight’s contest midway through the OT frame, slipping a puck past Ben Scrivens as the Kings defensive coverage collapsed and Jagr was able to find himself alone in front of the net to bury the winner.

The Kings did earn a point tonight, and have extended their point-streak to eight games with a 6-0-2 record. The Kings killed both of New Jersey’s man-advantage opportunities, and have successfully nixed 23 of the opposition’s previous 25 power play chances.

Anze Kopitar, with his assist tonight, now has 11 points (5G, 6A) in the last 10 games. Justin Williams, with his goal tonight, now has seven points (4G, 3A) in the last seven games.

The Kings now have a 15-2-2 record good for 32 points, but they currently sit at eighth-place in the Western Conference after tonight’s OT loss. They are, however, just two points out of the top spot in the West.

They’ll be back at STAPLES Center Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche, and hopefully with a bit more luck on the scoring side.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
05:52NJD Ryan Carter (3) ASST: Michael Ryder (3), Stephen Gionta (2) 1 - 0 NJD
06:57LAK Justin Williams (9) ASST: Anze Kopitar (16), Dustin Brown (5) 1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
02:30NJD Jaromir Jagr (9) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (10), Dainius Zubrus (6) 2 - 1 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
SA: 35TOI: 62:30
GA: 1EV: 23-24
PIM: 0PP: 10-10
SV%: .971SH: 1-1
Anze Kopitar
Anze Kopitar
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:11
Matt Frattin
Matt Frattin
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:31
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:54LAK Drew Doughty  Interference against  Ryan Carter
12:35NJD Andy Greene  Tripping against  Matt Frattin
15:07LAK Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
15:07NJD Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
2nd Period
07:24NJD Stephen Gionta  Hooking against  Matt Frattin
13:52NJD Jaromir Jagr  Tripping against  Matt Frattin
3rd Period
01:44NJD Ryan Carter  Roughing against  Alec Martinez
12:00LAK Jarret Stoll  Holding against  Dainius Zubrus
OT Period
00:17NJD Jaromir Jagr  Holding against  Dustin Brown
00:17LAK Dustin Brown  Diving against  Jaromir Jagr
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/4
Faceoff Wins2534
Blocked Shots209
Penalty Minutes1511
2M. ZidlickyD0121021:25
5A. LarssonD0001019:33
6A. GreeneD00-12225:03
7M. FayneD00-10020:20
8D. ZubrusC0100019:00
9M. TedenbyR000007:55
10P. HarroldD0011018:43
11S. GiontaC0110212:32
14A. HenriqueC0001020:12
17M. RyderR0110017:29
18S. BernierR0001013:16
19T. ZajacC00-10019:18
20R. CarterL1013212:09
21A. LoktionovC0001012:05
22E. GelinasD0011018:37
25C. JanssenR000054:33
26P. EliasC0002020:48
68J. JagrR1001417:02
35C. Schneider3435.97162:30
6J. MuzzinD0014022:09
8D. DoughtyD0002225:26
10M. RichardsC00-10016:18
11A. KopitarC0105022:11
14J. WilliamsR1015019:33
17D. CarcilloL0000510:48
21M. FrattinR0003017:31
22T. LewisC00-12010:22
23D. BrownR0105221:59
26S. VoynovD0002021:40
27A. MartinezD00-10016:19
28J. StollC0000215:14
33W. MitchellD00-20017:42
44R. RegehrD0000017:36
57L. VeyR0001012:16
70T. PearsonL00-1209:52
73T. ToffoliC0002012:46
74D. KingL0002014:18
54B. Scrivens1315.86762:30