Third Time vs Canucks Not a Charm For Kings

Nearly every Kings home game this season could be described as solid goaltending, strong on the penalty kill and needing more offense.

For Saturday’s game, just add in the opponent – Vancouver.

In addition to the video highlights below, here are the other key notes:

* PennerMania was officially underway at 5:28 of the first period when Dustin Penner notched his first goal as a King. The assists came from his newest linemate (Justin Williams) and the guy who filled in on the top line for a few games until Penner arrived (Brad Richardson).

* It was the only goal of the night for LA. Simplified – it’s this, need more offense, need more shots. Getting 22 shots on goal probably doesn’t qualify for coach Terry Murray’s ‘shoot first’ club.

* Case in point, Anze Kopitar’s one shot on goal in the last six periods of play. Really?

* Speaking of the coach though, when Murray is upset about something, you know the train has come off the tracks in a big way. He invented calm, cool and collected. Nonetheless, he didn’t have much to say after the game due to some poor officiating late in the third.

* As noted above, the Kings penalty kill usually does their job at home. In this case, they held the Canucks’ top ranked power play scoreless in six chances.

* Remember when Andy Murray was coaching the Kings? It seemed like whenever the team was down a goal late, he’d just pull the goaltender and – BOOM! – guaranteed goal. Not this year. It hasn’t worked once all season and it didn’t work with the team trailing 2-1 in the final minutes of the game.

* On this homestand the MUST WIN games were the two division games – last Thursday versus Phoenix and this coming Monday versus Dallas. They beat the Coyotes 1-0. If the can down the Stars too, this loss won’t have the same sting.

Video highlights…

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