After the 2nd period: Florida Panthers 2, Kings 1
The good: Los Angeles still has the Clippers. Staples Center would be a great place to read a book right about now. It’s so quiet you can almost hear a puck drop (except the boos from the crowd to end the period). The Kings limited the Panthers to seven shots on goal. Unfortunately, one of them hit the back of the Los Angeles net to break the 1-1 tie with 4:09 left in the period.
The bad: The Kings have scored one goal against the Panthers, a team that gave up five last night in a loss to the Ducks, including two by Anaheim enforcer George Parros, the first two-goal game of his career. Florida got its goal against Los Angeles the way the Kings used to get theirs. Steve Bernier, the older brother of Kings back-up goalie Jonathan Bernier, jarred the puck loose along the boards while applying a stiff forecheck on Kings defenseman Jack Johnson. Steve Reinprecht collected the loose puck and slid it over to David Booth in between the face-off circles and he beat Jonathan Quick with a nifty wrist shot. The Kings were also penalized for the second time in the game for too many men on the ice. Florida will have a nice clean sheet of ice and 1:09 remaining on the power play when the third period begins. Johnson, by the way, is the only Los Angeles player at minus-2, and is now minus-14 for the last nine games.
The in between: The Kings can't be accused of not playing hard, they've out-hit the Panthers, 24-19, led by Matt Greene with five hits and Kyle Clifford with four. They really need to take the lead in that goal-scoring category, though.