The Los Angeles Kings have been struggling lately, but on March 2, their offense was outstanding as they scored six times in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Staples Center. It was the Kings first win since Feb. 7 and it was also their first win at home since Jan. 21. Kings fans will hope the offensive prowess the franchise displayed in this matinee will continue for the rest of the regular season. Here are the five top plays from the Kings exciting win against one of the original six franchises of the National Hockey League.
1) A great long pass by Drew Doughty--Early in the first period with the Kings on the powerplay, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick went behind his net and left the puck for Drew Doughty. The Kings all-star defenseman then delivered a long pass with accurate precision to Dustin Brown, who scored on the breakaway. For Brown, it was his 15th goal of the season and put the Kings up 1-0.
2) Highlight reel pass by Adrian Kempe--Just over two minutes later, the Kings returned to the powerplay as Blackhawks center Dylan Strome took a two minute minor for tripping. With the man advantage, Adrian Kempe delivered an amazing behind-the-back backhand pass to defenseman Sean Walker, who scored his second goal of the season. The goal put the Kings up 2-0.
3) Kempe scores on the breakaway--At the eight-minute mark of the second period, Jonny Brodzinski stickhandled the puck through the neutral zone, got the puck by Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek, and found Adrian Kempe all alone. Kempe would score the game-winning goal on the breakaway, break a 3-3 tie, and put the Kings up 4-3.
4) Leipisic scores goal with the puck on edge--Shortly before the five-minute mark of the third period, Ilya Kovalchuk delivered a pass to Brendan Leipsic, with the puck on edge. Leipsic had no problems receiving the pass, and scored on a one-timer past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. FOX play-by-play commentator Alex Faust hollered "knuckleball" when Leipsic scored his sixth of the season.
5) Great backhand pass by Anze Kopitar--Similar to Adrian Kempe in the first period, Anze Kopitar delivered a great backhand pass to his teammate. This time it was to Dustin Brown, who put the Kings up 6-3. More importantly, Brown's goal help end Los Angeles's 10-game losing streak!
Get your tickets today to see if the Kings can extend their winning streak to two games when they host the Montreal Canadiens at the Staples Center on March 5.