Live Pens-Kings Blog Notes

By John Toperzer

First Period

Liked seeing Christian Ehrhoff with the number of shot attempts he took. Growing confidence can only help, especially when Maatta sits out November.

Malkin getting his 400th assist was a big landmark. Was it Malkin and Crosby that had achievements on the same puck and thought about splitting it in half?

Wonder how much of a difference game would be if Quick was in goal instead of Jones. Of course, giving the Pens four power-play opps is a recipe for disaster right now.

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Biggest surprise of the night is that Martin Jones is starting in goal for Los Angeles. Kings play tomorrow in Detroit and Jonathan Quick will start against the Red Winges.

Jones allows Dupuis rebound attempt on long Simon Despres backhander. Not sharp early, but not tested much thus far.

Christian Ehrhoff with a nice wrister from high in the slot. Jones hangs on. Would be nice to see Ehrhoff put the puck on net more often.

Andy Andreoff called for tripping on Patric Hornqvist. Early Pens’ PP 3:28 into game.

Alec Martinez with nice board work, preventing Evgeni Malkin from keeping puck in offensive zone.

Blake Comeau with an early Subway check of the game against Drew Doughty behind the LA net.

Kings go on PP 6:25 into contest. Don’t want to fall behind Los Angeles the way Pens did versus New Jersey.
Tyler Toffoli hooks Olli Maatta, LA power play ends. Good thing for Pens, Can’t fall behind.

Doughty puts slapper on net from between center red and blue line. One of Rick Tocchet’s favorite players in the NHL.

Doughty crunches Hornqvist, flagged two minutes for interference.

Thirty-nine seconds for two-man PP, set it up in O-zone with 21 ticks left.

Kunitz with a pretty little re-direct, gives Pens 1-0 lead on power play.

Evgeni Malkin collects his 400th assist. Still remember his first NHL goal. Do you know who assisted on it?*

Simon Despres draws penalty 5:36 left in first. Can’t believe he didn’t take the penalty.

Mike Lange announces Dustin Brown has served as LAK captain since 2007, Phil Bourque correctly guesses that he replaced Rob Blake.

*Mark Recchi assisted on Geno’s first career score.

Kris Letang passes up good look on PP and attempts pass to Kunitz, only to see puck go off Kings’ Dwight King for his first goal of season. Letang netted a career-high 11 goals in only 37 contests in 2013-14.

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Second Period

Kings shooting themselves in the foot tonight. Taking penalties, though the refs changing their minds on penalty call to Jarrod Stoll for interference on Brandon Sutter at the blue line is a first.

Steve Downie got into a little bit of trouble, but maybe that’s something the team has lacked in recent years, I’m not sure.

The Pens are only six goals short of their Saturday total.

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Kunitz just misses third point, almost shovels puck past Jones but misses net.

Don’t think Kings want to play Quick tonight, might be sink or swim with Jones. Would’ve been interesting to see what might have happened if Kunitz had converted.

Malkin took a shot coming down right wing 2-on-1. Good thing for Malkin to take those shots. He’s feeling it.

Jarrod Stoll called for interference on Sutter, refs change mind not penalty. Bourque incredulous on radio, says he’s never seen that before.

Dustin Brown called for two minutes slashing on Malkin. He has been a big waste since signing his last contract. Huge disappointment last season, which is shocking because of how consistent he had been.

Dupuis misses pretty set-up in slot. Best chance on an unsuccessful power play.

Malkin shoddy defense on the right boards of his own end, no surprise but Fleury makes glove save of shot from the slot to cover up.

Downie and Stoll stir the pot, both go to the box, Downie gets an extra two minutes. Even so, it’s amazing to see Downie restraining himself from going totally loco.

Kings miss on second power-play attempt. Seems like last minute of first period was Kings’ best showing of sustained pressure.

Mike Richard slashes down on Kris Letang hard, earns a trip to the sin bin. Pens 2-for-5 thus far on the man advantage.

Letang wrister from high in the slot save, then Matt Greene pushes Hornqvist from behind after the whistle. Kings frustrated.

Took potty break. Saw Mark Madden going for a food/drink break. I got popcorn and Snapple didn’t stick around to report on Mr. Madden’s choices.

Robin Regehr with a two-minute shift killing penalty, Pens’ first unit apparently stayed out for the bulk of man advantage.

Section 120 winning the cheer award for the game. Out-rooting rest of Consol like kids on a field trip.

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