The Los Angeles Kings finally scored their first goal of the season outside of the third period just 2:48 into their game against the Vancouver Canucks to give them a quick 1-0 lead that stood into the first intermission. Jack Johnson’s shot from the right circle was deflected by Jarrett Stoll past Canucks goaltender Robert Luongo for the goal. Davis Drewiske was also credited with an assist on the goal.
Jonathan Quick was once again solid in goal for the Kings, who were outshot 10-6 and were unable to get a shot on goal during 2:40 of power play time, which continues to be a problem for Los Angeles. While the Kings haven’t been able to take advantage of power play opportunities this season, their defense has done its part. The Kings have killed 15 of 17 penalties this season, including two of two in the first period.
While the game against the Canucks, a rematch of their thrilling six-game playoff series last year, is a higher profile game than the home opener against the Atlanta Thrashers, there aren’t as many fans in attendance at Staples Center as there were Tuesday night. There is, however, some more star power: David Beckham is here along with Victoria Beckham and the kids.