Western Conference Quarterfinal
Game 3 (Kings lead series, 2-0)
After the 1st period:
Kings 0, Vancouver Canucks 0
The good: The Kings survived an all-out barrage by the Canucks for the first 12 minutes, getting out-shot, 7-0, before Drew Doughty put the first shot on net for the Kings with 7:55 left in the opening period. Vancouver seems ready to play a rugged but composed style of game and the Kings need to be ready. The Canucks went on the game’s first power play after Dustin Brown was called for a marginal elbowing penalty (his elbow never touched the Vancouver player), but the Kings killed it off, improving to 11-for-11 with on the penalty kill in the series. The Kings out-hit Vancouver, 14-9. Rob Scuderi also has two blocked shots for the Kings.
The bad: With the Canucks swapping goalies for Game 3, moving Cory Schneider between the pipes for the first time in the series in place of Roberto Luongo, the Kings needed to be a little better getting the puck out of their defensive zone, especially along the boards. The Kings finished up getting out-shot, 11-5, in the period. Their best scoring chance came with a little more than five minutes remaining, when Brown, Willie Mitchell and Justin Williams took off on a 3-on-1. Brown gave the puck up to Mitchell in the middle and immediately got it back, but his shot hit Schneider up high and caromed out of play. The Kings also had two power plays in the opening period and did very little with the opportunities. Colin Fraser has two of L.A.’s three giveaways in the opening period.
The in between: One of the key areas in this game figures to be in the faceoff circle. Through the first 20 minutes, the Kings have gone 8-9 on the drop. Anze Kopitar is 4-2 for the Kings.