LOS ANGELES — After an embarrassingly poor, lethargic effort in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on March 18, the Los Angeles Kings showed some improvement in a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center on March 20.
Brad Richardson scored his eleventh goal of the season at 13:35 of the first period and the Kings, behind a bounce-back performance by goaltender Jonathan Quick, made the lone goal stand up.
Quick stopped 26 shots in his fourth shutout of the season and the eighth of his National Hockey League career.
The Kings got off to a strong start, which has been rare for them in recent games. But when Kings defenseman Randy Jones went off for tripping at 15:39 of the second period, the Islanders got some much-needed energy despite not scoring on the ensuing power play and took over control of the game, while the Kings’ effort sagged. Read more of this post