Win one and run
Dessert in the desert, Saturday night was.
Things came to light in the same building where the Kings clinched a Stanley Cup Final berth on May 22nd of last year, erupting offensively at Jobing.Com Arena in Glendale, Arizona to show their first true signs of life this season in their fourth game of this shortened 2012-2013 campaign.
The Kings’ 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes was buoyed by two goals from Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter‘s second goal in as many games, and was all polished off with Jake Muzzin‘s historic marker – the first tally of his young NHL career.
Defeating the Coyotes, to put simply, was crucial. Even more so if you’re considering the Kings had matched their worst start to a season in their 2-1 OT loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. The Kings hadn’t gone winless to start their first three games of a campaign since the 1985-86 season.
What a bloated record. 17 seasons gives it some spice, but the first three games of a season is nothing to base claims off of. Especially under these current circumstances.
We’ll talk more as analysis legitimizes itself.
It’s game five of the season tomorrow, and the Kings are back on Staples Center ice for the first time in three games, nine days.
This will be a quick, two-game three day homestand for the Kings, who will take to the road thereafter for more than two weeks. Staples Center is hosting a pretty important four points for grabs this week. You don’t want pressure to elevate heading into a 15-day stay away from Los Angeles.
Life can get tough on the road, the Kings have a tough trip looming.
So you must execute on home-ice, execute like Kyle Clifford, who continued to key on his promotion to the Kings’ second-line, notching another assist in Phoenix Saturday. He continues to lead the entire roster in scoring.
Jeff Carter has also struck early season success, scoring two goals in the past two games, including the Kings’ game-winning goal Saturday night. Unfortunately, Mike Richards isn’t in the same boat.
But when it comes from #11…
It’s a date at the Stape with the Vancouver Canucks Monday night.
Puck drops in downtown Los Angeles 7:30 PM PST