Monday, October 12, 2009

Streaking Through New York

It's been said that repetition is one of the keys to success. On Monday afternoon the Kings put together a performance that was largely a replay of their previous game in St. Louis. The penalty kill was strong, the goal tending was solid, the power play chipped in with a goal and Jonathan Quick lost his shutout late in the third. Fortunately though, Matt Moulson is a liar.

In the 90210 moment of the day, Bob Miller revealed that Moulson is dating Quick's wife's sister. While they were all at dinner last night Moulson promised Quick he was going to score two goals on him at the Coliseum today. Quick did his best to make him look the fool, holding him off the score sheet for over 57 minutes. In a messy play, with the game nearing its end - and Quick AGAIN about to post his first shutout of the year - Moulson finally put one in. It wasn't enough though, as the Kings hung on to win 2-1.

On the day set aside to honor the achievements of Columbus, the Kings discovered how to keep several streaks alive. Kopitar scored the first goal of the game after being set up by Ryan Smyth. This kept a streak alive for both of them, having tallied points in five straight - or every game this season if you prefer to look at that way. The PK unit shut down the Islanders on all three attempts, running the Kings streak to 10 straight kills.

LA had won three in a row - and three straight over the Islanders, both now have been bumped up to four straight.

One streak did come to end though. Goalie Martin Biron had never lost to the Kings...until today.

More stats for you - it was the Kings 1300th win in franchise history.

Close games are usually a pins and needles affair, rarely providing moments of laughter. Yet, I did chuckle a few times when hearing "Bailey by Quick." It just didn't sound right.

Local media selected Quick, Kopitar and Doughty the three starts of the game. If the trio keeps playing at this level, we could see the streaking Kings stay on a roll when they meet the Rangers at the most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden, Wednesday night.


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