|VAN||1||0||2||(0 - 0)||3|
|LAK||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
Righteous indignation or misdirected frustration? In reality, the Kings showed a little bit of both following their 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Saturday at STAPLES Center.
The emotions of a testy, penalty-filled game reached an apex with less than eight minutes to play in the third period of a 1-1 game. On a bang-bang play around the Kings’ net, Daniel Sedin scored what ended up being the game-winning goal.
Immediately, the Kings swarmed the on-ice officials, vehemently claiming penalties on the Canucks. The Kings argued that goalie Jonathan Quick had been interfered with by Alex Burrows and that defenseman Drew Doughty -- who was manning the front of the net -- had been cross-checked by Sedin.
Neither call is subject to video review, so the goal stood and the Canucks clinched the game when Burrows scored an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Afterward, the Kings fumed. Coach Terry Murray, typically mild-mannered even in the most controversial of situations, raised his voice and was visibly agitated in his postgame news conference when asked about the non-calls.
``It’s a God-damn shame that that goal is allowed,’’ Murray said. ``The guy is in the crease. Quick can’t move his stick and Doughty is pushed over the top of our goaltender. It’s a God-damn shame that that goal is allowed. It should not be allowed. That’s a penalty.’’
With that, Murray pivoted to his right and walked purposefully out of the room. Quick and Doughty were a bit more elaborative on their thoughts on the play.
``Burrows runs into me, as his original shot is taken, and it’s not called,’’ Quick said. ``Maybe if I dive like they [the Canucks] do, you get that call, but otherwise i guess you don’t. ... I just know that, on the original shot, I’m not allowed to make the save I want to make, because Burrows bumps me. You’ve got to allow the goaltender to attempt to make the save he’s trying to make.’’
Doughty added, ``I got cross-checked from behind. In a defensive position, there’s not much you can do with a guy cross-checking you from behind. He’s the one who scored the goal, too. In my opinion, it should never have happened, it should never have been a goal.’’
Doughty, in particular, was also upset at the officials’ decision late in the game. It looked as though the Kings might be headed for a two-minute, 5-on-3 advantage with less than five minutes to go, when Keith Ballard was called for tripping, but then Doughty was called for diving along with Burrows’ roughing penalty.
Irate, Doughty yelled at officials and slammed his stick on the glass after entering the penalty box. Doughty also got a 10-minute misconduct after Burrows’ empty-net goal.
``That’s one thing I’ve got to work on,’’ Doughty said. ``I get frustrated at the refs too often, and sometimes I say things I wish I didn’t say.’’
Thus, the frustration. Officials’ decisions aside, the Kings didn’t perform well enough to win. They were fantastic on the penalty kill, going 6-for-6, but awful on the power play, going 0-for-6 against a Canucks team that ranked second in the NHL in power-play efficiency. The Kings had six shots on goal in 10 minutes of power-play time.
Dustin Penner’s first goal with the Kings gave his new team a 1-0 lead, 5:28 into the first period, but for most of the rest of the game, the Kings were in hold-on-tight mode.
The Canucks outshot the Kings 36-22, including 27-12 in the first two periods, and consistently put pressure on Quick, who performed well and made 33 saves.
Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen tied the game 9:16 into the first period, and it remained tied until Sedin’s goal with 8:24 remaining in the third period. From there, the Kings had a handful of scoring chances, including the late power play, but couldn’t finish as the Canucks did a good job of blocking shots and generally getting in shooting lanes.
The emotion-filled game included 16 minor penalties, split evenly between the teams.
``The penalty kill was great,’’ Penner said. ``It’s too bad we couldn’t bury one (on the power play) for them. They worked so hard for us, to give us an opportunity to win, and we had a chance to put the game away on the power play but sometimes the puck doesn’t go in.’’
In his second game with the Kings, Penner scored on his first shot on goal.
The goal came in a delayed-penalty situation. After a scrum in the corner of the Vancouver zone, Penner carried the puck -- plus Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome, on his back -- toward the net. Penner flipped the puck toward Roberto Luongo, and it deflected off the Vancouver goalie and into the net to give the Kings a 1-0 lead 5:28 into the first period. Brad Richardson and Justin Williams picked up assists.
``I think, as the games get tighter down the stretch, those are the types of goals you have to score,’’ Penner said. ``It’s not going to be tic-tac-toe nearly as much as you like or you think is going to happen. It’s getting pucks to the net, traffic in front.’’
The Canucks tied the game 9:16 into the period. Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi lost the puck behind his net, then Canucks forward Raffi Torres muscled Jack Johnson off the puck and centered it. The pass found Hansen alone in front, and Hansen tucked the puck around Quick and into the net to tie the game 1-1.
Vancouver’s disputed go-ahead goal came with 8:24 remaining in the third period, after some nice cycling in the Kings’ zone. Sedin, after his alleged contact with Doughty, found open space in front of the net and knocked in a rebound of Christian Ehrhoff’s shot. Sedin scored from close range to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead.
Burrow’s empty-net goal came with 36 seconds remaining as the Kings missed a chance -- at least temporarily -- to move into fourth place in the Western Conference.
``We (can do) a lot better than that,’’ Doughty said. ``I know we’re all not happy with the way we played, and the next game is a must-win and we’re going to be at our best.’’
The Kings host Dallas on Monday night before starting a four-game road trip.
|Dustin Penner (22) ASST: Brad Richardson (10), Justin Williams (30)|
1 - 0 LAK
|Jannik Hansen (9) ASST: Raffi Torres (13)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Daniel Sedin (33) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (29), Henrik Sedin (60)|
2 - 1 VAN
|EN - Alexandre Burrows (18) ASST: Manny Malhotra (16)|
3 - 1 VAN
|Matt Greene Roughing against Manny Malhotra|
|Manny Malhotra Roughing against Matt Greene|
|Kyle Clifford Roughing against Manny Malhotra|
|Wayne Simmonds Slashing against Ryan Kesler|
|Drew Doughty Hi-sticking against Henrik Sedin|
|Daniel Sedin Interference against Anze Kopitar|
|Keith Ballard Hi-sticking against Dustin Brown|
|Willie Mitchell Roughing against Daniel Sedin|
|Alexei Ponikarovsky Boarding against Dan Hamhuis|
|Henrik Sedin Interference on goalkeeper against Jonathan Quick|
|Michal Handzus Hi-sticking against Jannik Hansen|
|Aaron Rome Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Mikael Samuelsson Hooking against Jack Johnson|
|Keith Ballard Tripping against Justin Williams|
|Alexandre Burrows Roughing against Drew Doughty|
|Drew Doughty Diving against Alexandre Burrows|
|Drew Doughty Misconduct (10 min)|
|SA: 22||TOI: 59:49|
|Saves: 21||EV: 15 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .955||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 35||TOI: 59:24|
|Saves: 33||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 10|
|SV%: .943||SH: 1 - 1|