Quick on point early pic.twitter.com/ESOUdAYFL8
— LA Kings (@LAKings) December 14, 2014
Quick’s glove save in the opening moments set the tone for a back-and-forth affair.
— theScore (@theScore) December 15, 2014
Shortly after, Dwight King’s goal in the final fifteen seconds of the period also slipped past Reimer, with some (mostly my roommate) believing the refs should’ve blown the whistle earlier. On the second replay, the puck appeared to be live the whole time, but either way, struck a nerve with some.
- Drew Doughty is definitely the kind of guy who goes to play shinny and gets mad at the rink guard because he has to wear a helmet. He looked at ease out there with his flow reminiscent of a black-haired Guy LaFleur.
- James Reimer had a solid performance, while not otherworldly, making 33 saves on 36 shots.
- Daniel Winnik and Nazem Kadri posted 52 and 50 Corsi percentages, the only two positive marks on the team. Meanwhile, every King was over 50 percent, lead by Kyle Clifford at 82 percent. Tyler Bozak ended up with 20 percent, conceding 4 shot attempts for every one his line was able to generate. (JVR and Kessel weren’t much better at 27 and 29).
- The Leafs didn’t allow a single shot attempt at 5 on 5 in the final 8:43 of the third period. While they were shellacked 62-38 in this regard overall, it’s notable that the team was able to defend effectively and force overtime.
- Korbinan Holzer was on the ice in the first minute of overtime. That’s… not what I would’ve expected, to say the least.
(Stats courtesy of hockeystats.ca and nhl.com)