The Los Angeles Kings’ offense has been anemic lately, but Jonathan Quick didn’t need much help from the team’s forwards tonight. He saved all 22 Sharks shots in the Kings’ 1-0 win over San Jose.
Anze Kopitar was the only player to find the back of the net tonight and simultaneously ended Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock’s franchise record-breaking shutout streak and Los Angeles’ 154:43 minutes scoring drought.
Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin registered assists, but Kopitar deserves most of the credit for this goal:
This was a game of ending streaks. San Jose had won its previous six contests while the Kings had lost five in a row. Even after tonight’s contest, the Sharks have an eight-point lead over Los Angeles in the battle for second place in the Pacific Division.
San Jose will head on the road, but they will face the Western Conference’s two worst teams in Calgary and Edmonton. Meanwhile, the Kings will try to build on tonight’s victory in Phoenix on Tuesday.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?