Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tertiary Scoring Kicking In

Throughout the season you'll hear an NHL coach claim a myriad of things are the 'keys to winning' a particular game. Depending on the day of the week it might be the power play or the penalty kill. It could be shot mentality or goaltending. Another popular one is secondary scoring. But, tertiary scoring? That might be a new one.

The Kings mired in a four game slump went deep into the well on Tuesday night in Nashville - getting goals from Scott Parse and Sean O'Donnell.

Prior to this week many Kings fans had forgotten all about Parse. He hadn't had a goal since January 14th...and hadn't chipped in with an assist since February 6th.

Earlier this year I gave you 10 Tidbits on Parse (click here to read). Give it a look and get to know Mr-three-goals-in-two-nights a little better. Several interesting factoids in there for you.

Odie? Well, he's practically an institution here in Los Angeles. After all, this is his second tour of duty with the Kings - providing the bookends to a solid 17-year career.

He's just not known for his offensive prowess. In fact, his three goals this season represent the most he's posted in nearly a decade. Tertiary scoring indeed.

As for the goal tending...well, perhaps the Bernier era has arrived a little early. He certainly deserves another start on Thursday and it looks like coach Murray will give it to him.

My tweet prior to the game on Tuesday said "Here is how I see it... #LAKings win 2nt, they finish the year in 5th place...they lose 2nt, they finish in 7th. This is the pivot point."

The Kings did their part and picked up the win. So, I'll stick to my part and own that prediction.

Los Angeles will finish the year fifth in the Western Conference.

The Mayor

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