Veterans Dustin Brown and Ilya Kovalchuk have been responsible for three of the Kings’ goals in their 6-3 victory in excess of Chicago on Saturday afternoon at Staples Heart. Brown experienced two of them.
The other three goals went to kids Sean Walker, Adrian Kempe and Brendan Leipsic.
Interim mentor Willie Desjardins actually liked that component of his team’s victory, which snapped a 10-activity getting rid of streak, the next-longest in franchise heritage. The longest is 11 video games in 2004.
“I think our younger fellas, they are getting a very little little bit far more ice time and it’s terrific to see them rating,” stated Desjardins, whose crew provides up the rear in the Western Conference with a file of 24-33-8 (56 points). “I think that is a great sign for the crew, when you’re not just relying on your veteran players or your older players. So it was great.
“And it was not just their scoring. It was just their general participate in was great.”
For Walker, a 24-yr-previous rookie defenseman, it was his next objective in 28 video games with the Kings. Kempe, a 22-yr-previous forward in his third season, now has 10 goals on the season. Leipsic, a 24-yr-previous forward, has scored goals in back again-to-back again video games and has 6 on the season – two with Vancouver, 4 with the Kings.
Remaining 14 points out of a playoff spot with 17 video games to participate in before Sunday’s slate of video games, the Kings’ chances of producing the article-season are just about at the slender-and-none place. But they liked what they did Saturday and are bent of continuing together that trek as the season commences to wind down.
“Confidence is a massive point,” stated Kempe, whose crew next hosts Montreal on Tuesday evening at 7:30. “When you get great self-assurance, you participate in a good deal improved. I think that is variety of what we wanted to get going in this article, and I think this was a great activity to get everybody going.
“Now we just have received to continue to keep going in this article. Every person has received to step up (to) the way we performed (Saturday).”
Veteran forward Kyle Clifford beloved the activity-extensive energy.
“I thought everybody performed actually difficult tonight and that is the way we have to participate in every evening,” he stated article-activity. “It just shows what we’re able of when we have a dependable crew energy and participate in the complete 60 (minutes).”
Electric power-participate in good results
At 15.7 %, the Kings still have one particular of the worst energy-participate in good results prices in the league. But they have been profitable on each of their energy-participate in alternatives Saturday and have been 1-for-3 in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime reduction to Dallas.
Desjardins credits one particular of his assistant coaches for the current development.
“I think Marco Sturm has carried out a terrific position with it,” Desjardins stated. “I think they’ve used time on it, they’ve labored at it. We built a number of variations on it, also, a number of adjustments. But it was great.”
This and that
Rookie forward Austin Wagner sustained a decreased-body injuries in the course of Saturday’s activity and did not return. Desjardins stated article-activity he predicted Wagner to get checked out Sunday, a non-follow day. … Just after Tuesday’s activity from Montreal, the Kings end their 4-activity homestand by taking on St. Louis on Thursday evening at 7:30. … The Kings will then participate in highway video games Saturday at Arizona and next Sunday at Anaheim.