After the 1st period:
Kings, 2, Edmonton Oilers 2
The good: The Kings are wearing purple and gold retro jerseys for Legends Night, so leave it to the newest member of the Kings to score their first goal. Marco Sturm, acquired last month from the Bruins, finished of a 4-on-2 rush with a well-placed shot from a tough angle to tie the score, 1-1. It’s Sturm’s fourth goal in his 13th game for the Kings. Anze Kopitar then gave the Kings a brief 2-1 lead when he took a pass from Justin Williams and scored from in close, ending a nine-game goal-less drought, the third-longest of his career. The Kings also killed two power plays in the opening period.
The bad: It only took three shots for the Oilers to take a 1-0 lead, and just three more to tie the score, 2-2. As part of Legends Night, the Kings are honoring former goalie Rogie Vachon. Maybe they can talk Rogie into suiting up for the second period because it doesn’t appear Jonathan Bernier is the answer for the Kings' continued goalkeeping woes.
The in between: Kevin Westgarth is a healthy scratch tonight, with Alexei Ponikarovsky, Michal Handzus and Trevor Lewis on the fourth line. Westgarth is a bit one dimensional when it comes to hockey, but that one dimension is fighting and the Kings have already absorbed 13 hits. Just his presence on the bench tends to keep opposing teams in check.