Kyle Clifford showed off his hand-eye coordination to open the scoring for the L.A. Kings at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday.
Less than three minutes into the opening period against the San Jose Sharks, Clifford deflected Jake Muzzin’s wrist shot from the point, giving L.A. the early lead. Muzzin waited just long enough for Clifford to go to the net, and the big forward made a perfect tip on the shot from right in front of Antti Niemi.
It only took 62:46, but the Kings scored a Stadium Series goal! Muzzin wrister gets past Niemi after a physical, forechecking 4th line shift
Last April, the San Jose Sharks and L.A. Kings waged a memorable seven-game playoff series, with the Kings creating history by erasing a three-games-to-none deficit and eventually moving on to win the Stanley Cup.
Tonight, those two Californian teams meet again — renew hostilities, if you will — at Levi’s Stadium as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series. It’s another chapter in the evolving rivalry between the Kings and Sharks.
No surprise, this is an important game, too. The Kings trail the Sharks by only two points for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Once again, the Montreal Canadiens leaned on Carey Price and, once again, he didn’t disappoint.
The league’s best goalie in goals-against average and save percentage, Price made 31 saves on 32 shots faced, as the Habs held on to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets by a final score of 3-1 on Saturday.
The Habs got the lead on a pair of goals from Max Pacioretty in the first period and from there, Price took over in net. Montreal was outshot 32-24. The Habs managed 11 shots through the final 40 minutes.
Perhaps the biggest save of the night was a team effort from Price and P.K. Subban, as both appeared to get their stick on a Cam Atkinson chance from in close, as it looked like the Columbus forward had a wide open net.
Price, as calm as one could be in a scramble, reached back with the large goal stick and appeared to knock the puck away at the same time as Subban did.
The Panthers jumped out to the lead in the first period, but surrendered four unanswered goals.
It could’ve been worse for the Panthers. Forward Jussi Jokinen was on the receiving end of a high, late hit from Ottawa blue liner Jared Cowen in the second period. Jokinen remained down on the ice, but did stay in the game.
Cowen was handed a minor penalty for interference. He fought Shawn Thornton two seconds after stepping out of the box.