Penguin-Kings In-Game Notes: First Period

Patrick O’Sullivan traded for Justin Williams – turned out to be an unbelievable deal for the Los Angeles Kings.

After sitting as a healthy scratch for a couple games, Taylor Pyatt moving his feet again Thursday, forcing turnovers early in contest.

Penguins would be in trouble if Kings’ stars were playing peak hockey: Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown not exactly having career campaigns.

Penguins also fortunate Jonathan Quick not in net, though Pens made short order of him in the last meeting.

Rob Scuderi playing with a little of his “passion” early on, throwing checks around.

Drew Doughty jumping up on the play, making a nice drive to the net. Pretty impressive.

Phil Bourque is down in between the benches Thursday, as is Bob Errey. Where’s Troy Loney?

Crosby with a sharp backhander from the far boards which surprised goalie Martin Jones, Lee Stempniak unable to collect rebound.

Deflection leads to Los Angeles goal on the power play. Reviewed for a high stick but goal stands.

Crosby knocks defenseman Slava Voynov off at center ice. Impressive check.

Pens’ PP not clicking, not getting opportunities. Neal, Kunitz, Crosby with Maatta and Niskanen out for No. 1 PP, but stays on ice for only one-out-of-two-minute penalty.

Gaborik takes penalty behind own net, tripping Gibbons. Pens go on their second power play.

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