The Kings made a miraculous comeback in the final 2 minutes against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday evening in Los Angeles. With the help of a controversial delay of game penalty, the Kings rode their two man advantage into a two game advantage. 3 Keys of the Game Two Win:
Kings take the Power Back
Jonathan Quick unusually allowed 3 goals, so the Kings needed to generate more than their usual amount of offense. The powerplay was the difference. The Kings only converted 2 of their 12 powerplay opportunities in the playoffs heading into Game 2. Helped by a two man advantage with two minutes to go, the Kings converted 3 of their 6 powerplay opportunities. San Jose can’t expect to win while giving up 6 odd man opportunities. But the Kings reversed their offensive fortunes, while continuing their power killing dominance holding the Sharks goal-less in 4 chances.
Sharks Stoll the Puck
Without the Kings best percentage centerman in the faceoff circle, the Sharks asserted their dominance in that category. Without Jarett Stoll who was out with an injury after Raffi Torres committed a chargin penalty that will keep Torres out for the remainder of the series, the Kings struggled. They won only 21 faceoffs to 44 by San Jose. The Kings were lucky to overcome this defecit, even though this has not been a strength of the Kings all season.
One of Darryl Sutter‘s best qualities as a coach is the confidence he instills in his players. That confidence is rooted in trust. Sutter trusted his players, particularly his young ones, and they rewarded his belief. When the Kings tied the game with just over a minute remaining, look at who was on the ice. After winning the faceoff, rookie Jake Muzzin passed the puck up to rookie Tyler Toffoli, who slotted across to third or fourth liner, Trevor Lewis. With the game on the line, the Kings’ young players performed. And Drew Doughty, who is not a rookie by any means but is 24 years old, was trusted to play 28 minutes. And Doughty delivered.