Yesterday’s Western-conference face off in Winnipeg saw NHL returnee, Ilya Kovalchuk net his first goal as an LA King.
Showcasing his elite speed, Kovalchuk craftily sailed in behind the Jets defense at 6.26 in the first period, and pressing hard to the net, redirected a pass from Drew Doughty to beat Connor Hellebuyck and give the Kings an early lead.
Unfortunately for Kovalchuk, the elation was short lived, as Scheifele evened things up 4 minutes later.
“I enjoy scoring goals, but I prefer to win games. Tonight we were not good enough-we must be better” –
The ice was heavily tilted towards the Kings in the second period, as the home team out-shot them, ending the game 39-17 for SOG in their favour.
10 minutes into the third period, Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor scored the game winner on the power play to make it his third consecutive game on the score board.
Jack Campbell iced his 9th career game, standing in for an injured Quick, stopping 37 of 39 shots and was arguably their top performer.
The Kings had two opportunities on the power play and yet again failed to capitalise on either chance.
Coach Stevens commented on the Kings power play woes post game:
“It’s not always about shooting the puck in the net from distance. It’s about putting the puck to areas where you have numbers and create rebounds around the net. You look at the best power plays, they can take advantage. The goal they scored tonight was just a puck going to the net. It hit a shin pad, goes in the net. The more pucks that go towards the net, the more people around the net, the better things happen. You hold the puck on the perimeter, you’re killing the penalty yourself”
With the Kings being only 3 games into the 2018-19 season, Stevens should feel confident that they have plenty to work on going forward!
The Kings next face off will be away to the Montreal Canadians on Friday the 12th.