Kings after two: Kings 1, Coyotes 0
Many teams campaign for their players to win individual awards by sending e-mails, videos and other promotional materials to those who vote for those honors.
The Kings don't usually do that. But if they wanted to push for Drew Doughty to win the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman, all they'd need to do is send voters a copy of the goal he scored in the second period Thursday to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
Justin Williams took a hit before making a pass to Anze Kopitar, who found Doughty in full flight. Doughty used his explosive speed to leave defensemen Mathieu Schneider and Zbynek Michalek behind as he switched from his forehand to his backhand and placed the puck just beyond the reach of goalie Jason LaBarbera at 7:48.
That was the only goal through the first 40 minutes. But if you're going to have only one goal, that was the one to have.
Each team had 15 shots in the first two periods.
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-- Helene Elliott