Kings vs. Oilers - 12/23/10 - POSTGAME THOUGHTS & TIDBITS
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12-24-2010, 12:38 AM
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... Edmonton played a great game tonight, but the Kings still played well enough to beat them. If not for the soft goal allowed to Hall, the Kings had a regulation win. Quick did well in the shootout to redeem himself, though.
I'm alright with Johnson being first star of the game, but Stoll and Kopitar played just as well. Handzus' little pass to Williams in the second was my highlight of the night; just goes to show how smart Michal is. That was a thing of beauty.
Ponikarovsky and Brown were tremendous on the forecheck, opening up space for their linemates when they did.
The Kings directed 66 shots at the Oiler net tonight, while the Oilers directed just 50 at the Kings' net - gives a bit of an idea who was controlling the play, and where. The big difference was that Edmonton had 22 blocked shots, an outstanding total.
The effort was certainly not lacking for the Kings, they just went up against an aggressive and better-skating (though erratic) opponent, who gave them a tough game.
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