On Monday night, Nov 23, 2015, in front of an announced crowd of 10,997 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Florida Panthers by a final score of 3-1. The win snapped a two-game road losing streak and the Kings also pulled even with the San Jose Sharks for 1st place in the Pacific division of the NHL.
Despite having played in Carolina the night before, the Kings started strong and registered the first four shots on goal. Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring when he beat Florida goalie Al Montoya with a quick shot high on the glove side at the 7:47 mark of the first period. It was Toffoli’s eleventh goal of the season.
Shortly after the goal by Toffoli, Montoya was injured during a collision with Kings forward Nick Shore and had to leave the game, having given up one goal on nine shots. With the Kings leading 1-0, Roberto Luongo took his place between the pipes. The Kings would go on to outshoot Florida by a margin of 18-4 in the first period.
In the second period, the ice began to tilt the other way. The home team evened the score when Aleksander Barkov scored a power play goal at 5:07. As the period wound down, the Kings again took the lead when Alec Martinez scored his third goal of the season at 17:16. The Panthers wound up outshooting their visitors 15-7 in the second period but on the scoreboard, the Kings were ahead 2-1.
Early in the third period, the Kings got exactly what they needed; an insurance goal. Marian Gaborik scored just 1:05 into the final period, to provide some breathing room. The period would again show Florida with a 15-7 edge in shots on goal, but Kings goalie Jonathan Quick yielded nothing.
The Kings began the current road trip with a 3-2 shootout victory in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 17. They then suffered a 3-2 loss against Detroit on Friday, Nov. 20 and a 4-3 loss against Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 22. The five-game trip will conclude with a game against the reigning Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, Nov 25.
Kings notes – The Kings now have an overall record of 13-8. The next home game will be on Saturday, Nov. 28 against the Chicago Blackhawks. The game against Chicago will be the start of a six-game 15-day homestand during which the Kings will also face Montreal, Anaheim, Vancouver, Washington and New Jersey.
Nov. 23, 2015: Kings vs FLA – Final score: Kings 3, FLA 1. Final shots on goal: FLA 34, LAK 32. Power play: FLA 1-5, LAK 0-4. Three Stars of the game: 1) Marian Gaborik – LAK, 2) Aleksander Barkov – FLA, 3) Jonathan Quick – LAK. Goaltenders: LAK – Jonathan Quick, FLA – Al Montoya/Roberto Luongo.
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