Los Angeles Kings Squeak out Win in Philly, but Lose Drew Doughty to Injury

October 15th, 2011 by Jason Lewis Leave a reply »
It was a gritty and ugly win Saturday Night at Verizon Center for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings overcame an early injury to star defenseman Drew Doughty and a parade of penalties to take the bout 3-2 in overtime.

The action started early on when rookie Zac Rinaldo threw a big open ice hit on Drew Doughty just a minute and a half into the contest. Doughty would come back for just two shifts after the hit until retiring from the game.

Philadelphia took advantage of Kings penalty troubles, as Danny Briere tucked home a beautiful cross ice feed from Jaromir Jagr on the power play at 17:30 of the first. It would be short lived however, as the Kings power play turned the tables eight minutes later. Justin Williams took a feed from winger Simon Gagne into the slot and buried it high glove side on Ilya Bryzgalov.

The second period was dominated by good goaltending from both Jonathan Quick and Bryzgalov.

But with seven and a half minutes remaining in the third period, Justin Williams would net his second of the game as he showed superb patience and danced his way from the corner out into the slot, putting home his own rebound.

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