After the second period: Kings 3, New Jersey Devils 1
The good: The second line of Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll and Ryan Smyth continue to light it up this season. Stoll had a goal and an assist in the second period and Williams added an assist to go along with his first-period goal. Jack Johnson continues to be a solid point man on the power play, setting up an extra-man goal by Michal Handzus for his team-leading seventh helper of the season. Rob Scuderi also looks like he’s OK after limping off the ice in the first period.
The bad: Not a lot to report here. New Jersey managed to get one by goalkeeper Jonathan Quick when Matt Taormina sent a blast from just inside the blue line. Dainius Zubrus provided enough of a screen for the puck to find the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 2-1. The groans didn’t last long, however. The Kings answered 24 seconds later when Stoll collected a rebound off the boards behind the net and sent the puck by Martin Brodeur at the 11:02 mark.
The in between: Dustin Brown continues to seem content being the set-up man tonight. Brown, who is tied for the team lead with five goals, still doesn’t have a shot on goal. He also has a team-high three giveaways.