In the grander scheme of an 82-game NHL season, a four-game winning streak doesn’t look like that much; that’s generally understood.
After winning three straight in the tri-state New York area over the Islanders in Long Island, the Devils in New Jersey, and the Rangers in Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden – notching shutouts over the Devils and Rangers – it’s more than safe to say that these Kings are on a real hot streak.
Which became all the more evident after their 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Staples Center in their last game on Tuesday night.
With five different players scoring goals for the Kings against Tampa Bay, this has been a team effort, which has no doubt pleased coach Darryl Sutter, but one name is still worth mentioning…
Los Angeles Kings On A Hot Streak, Winning Four Straight” href=”http://www.hockey-reference.com/linker”>Ben Scrivens took over in goal for the injured Jonathan Quick in New Jersey and promptly shut out the Devils and the Rangers, taking a scoreless streak into Staples.
He gave up two goals to the Lightning, but as he said, “I want to win more than I want shutouts.”
This hot streak that the Kings have put together, four consecutive wins and six in their last seven games, has made them true contenders in the Western Conference as with 31 points (tied with the San Jose Sharks and the Phoenix Coyotes), they trail the now-struggling Anaheim Ducks by only one point in the Pacific Division.
For the viewing pleasure of all you Kings fans out there, here’s a treat: highlights of the Kings’ win over Tampa Bay: