The Los Angeles Kings hosted the Central Division leading Winnipeg Jets at the Staples Center on March 18. The Kings battled the Jets hard throughout the evening. However for the second straight game, the Kings lost at home by one goal, and were defeated 3-2 by a Jets squad that are considered by some as Stanley Cup contenders in 2019. Here are some of the Kings highlights of this entertaining contest.
1) Hard shot by Sean Walker produces Kings goal--At 14:53 of the first period, the Kings got on the scoreboard with a goal by defenseman Sean Walker from Brendan Leipsic and Ilya Kovalchuk. Walker rifled the shot, which beat Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit. For Walker, it was his third National Hockey League goal of the season and his career. He previously scored in a 3-2 Kings win over the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 31 and in a 6-3 Kings win over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 2.
2) Effective wrist shot by Dustin Brown--At the midway point of the hockey game, Dustin Brown scored with an effective wrist shot from the faceoff circle to tie the hockey game at two goals apiece. Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar notched assists on the power play marker. The Jets were shorthanded as Sami Niku was in the penalty box for interference, but were at an even more of a disadvantage because left winger Brandon Tanev lost his stick during the shift.
3) Campbell makes difficult save--In the first minute of the third period, the Kings turned the puck over in their own zone. Jets defenseman Tyler Myers delivered a tricky backhanded shot that was tipped by captain Blake Wheeler. However, Kings goaltender Jack Campbell was there to make a tough save.
4) Campbell keeps Kings in the game--Late in the game, with just over two minutes left, the Jets moved the puck up ice and instituted an attack in the Kings zone. Campbell once again came up big as he made an initial save off a shot by Kyle Connor, and then kicked a rebound shot from Kevin Hayes into the corner.
The Kings next host the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center on March 21. Get your tickets today!