One strong or weak period doesn’t make or break an 82-game season, obviously, but the Los Angeles Kings looked mighty for the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s match against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With three goals on nine shots, the Kings chased Ben Bishop from the Lightning net.
This 3-0 goal in the waning moments probably did Bishop in:
Andrei Vasilevskiy has been hot lately, so the Lightning likely hope that he can stop the bleeding for a comeback. So far, it’s a good start, as Nikita Kucherov batted in a puck early in the second period to make it 3-1.
Update: The Lightning made things interesting, but a Justin Williams goal sealed the deal for a 4-2 Los Angeles win.
The only concern for the Kings tonight is that Alec Martinez went down with an injury. At the moment, it’s unclear how severe it is, but another defenseman down would be a big problem.
This past month seems like an endless stream of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ gaffes blowing up in their faces. The latest example comes tonight, as David Clarkson adds the latest bullet point to his nightmare stay in Toronto: healthy scratch.
To a large extent, the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season has been injuries. Sadly, that’s also been the story of defenseman Ryan Murray’s early career.
The unlucky scoring blueliner suffered a high-ankle sprain that will sideline him for four-to-six weeks, the team announced.
A litany of injuries have limited the development of the 21-year-old, who was the second overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft.
(You may remember him as the player Columbus opted to draft instead of accepting the New York Islanders’ entire draft board to move up one spot.)
It’s a real shame, as the Blue Jackets don’t get much of an idea of what they truly have in Murray. He has one assist in seven games played this season after generating 21 points in 66 games as a rookie in 2013-14.