Tuesday, January 25, 2011

01.24.11; Kings vs. Bruins

While this blog is about baseball scorecards, I thought I’d mix it up just a bit. April is a long way off, but at least hockey is in full swing. I had no idea that there were even scorecards for hockey until I found one in the back of a program. While the scorecard is structured differently, it’s still possible to track the progress of a game. For what it’s worth, I had a terrible time finding hockey scorecards online. I had to scan the card in a program, then increase the size until the boxes were large enough to write in.

     Going into this game, the Kings were in 12th place and had lost 7 of their last 10 games. Conversely the Bruins had won 6 of their last 10. History was on the Kings’ side, however, with the Kings having won the previous 4 match ups.

     Ryan Smyth lit the lamp on a Kings power play as 10:50 in the 1st period.  The power play came after a hooking call against Charra at 10:16. The power play goal was the Kings’ first after 22 failed attempts. At 15:20 the Great Man Child Kyle Clifford threw down with Boston’s Thornton. They fought to a draw, but Kyle – as usual – handled himself well.

     The second period was scoreless as both Quick and Thomas blocked all shots on goal Quick made 9 saves and Thomas 12.Here's some trivia: When he was a kid, Thomas' mom sold her wedding ring to help pay for his hockey lessons. I'd say that the sacrifice has paid off.

     The third period was going to be treacherous. The Buins lead the NHL with a +31 third period differential. Despite this impressive defensive stat, Loktionov – recently called up from the Ontario Reign – scored at 3:30. The Bruins pulled their goalie at 18:03, but the Kings held on for the shutout win. It was Quick’s 5th shutout of the season and the 13th of his career.

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