Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kings vs Lightning: Striking Back!

Apparently all it took for the Kings to get this road trip back on the right track was finding some sunshine.

Coming into tonight's game, the Tampa Bay Lightning had been scoring plenty of goals, led by wunderkind Steven Stamkos. Lucky for the Kings, the Bolts also give up a lot, which helped offset the fact that the Kings haven't been able to buy goals lately. In the end, it wasn't a high scoring game, but the Kings got enough offensive support to go along with a solid defensive effort and come away with a 3-1 win.

Justin Williams and Dustin Penner chipped in two of the three goals, but the feel-good story of the night was undoubtedly Kyle Clifford, who scored the game winner on a breakaway coming straight out of the penalty box. Now THAT is a scene straight out of Hockeywood.

Other tidbits from The Queen:
  • Steven Stamkos celebrated his 22nd birthday by scoring his 35th goal of the season. Kevin Westgarth turned 28 and wasn't in the line-up.
  • Interesting stat of the night -- Stamkos has now scored on all 29 NHL he doesn't play for. 
  • I love the Kings sportscasters, but please back off on the kudos for the "top line" scoring. Right now, Justin Williams IS the top line. Let's give credit where it's due.
  • Kyle Clifford takes a penalty, the comes out of the box and scores on a breakaway. To use one of Dean Lombardi's favorite words, THAT is COMPETE folks.
  • Why can't we have THIS Dustin Penner every night? 
  • Dwayne Rolson is the oldest player in the NHL.  I guess all that goalie padding helps extend your player life expectancy. 
  • My score prediction was 3-2 Kings tonight, bringing my win-loss record to 3-1.

And finally, some of my favorite tweets. If you're not on Twitter yet, WHY don't you want to join the party? These folks are FUN!

The Kings stay in Florida another couple of days to play a rematch with the Florida Panthers, a team they beat earlier in the season. Let's hope The Sunshine State winning continues!


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