Kings finished their 4 game road trip with a 3-2 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. If there is something the Kings are consistent at it’s being inconsistent. In their previous game in Detroit they looked like a Pee Wee team, last night was a different story. For the first time in forever they took a lead in the first period – at 7:54 Justin Williams made it 1-0 when Drew Doughty dumped the puck  in and it bounced off the boards awkwardly, right on the stick of Williams who was left alone in front of Reimer. 3 minutes later, at 11:01 the Leafs tied the game though with a goal from John-Michael Lile. First period was full of penalties but neither of the teams managed to capitalize on any. But towards the end of the second period, when Luke Schenn was in the box for tripping, the Kings used their advantage. Drew Doughty kept the puck on the blue line (not really but the linesman missed it), passed it to Anze Kopitar who then sent it to Simon Gagne who was on the goal line to Reimer’s left. Gagne then found Brown in the slot who didn’t miss and put Kings up 2-1. Unfortunately though, not even 3 minutes into the third period the Leafs tied it once more when Gagne didn’t cover Matt Frattin who tipped the puck behind Quick. The score didn’t change, not even in the OT and despite numerous chances on both sides the game had to be decided in the shootout. After no goals from Kessel, Stoll, Frattin, Kopitar and Lupul, Dustin Brown had a chance to win it for the Kings. And he did. He beat James Reimer and the Kings grabbed the much needed extra point.

If we look away from the bad coverage on the Leafs tying goal (which resulted in a minus-1 rating for him), Simon had a pretty good game. He had 5 shots on net, 1 attempt blocked and 1 missed shot. His assist on the Brown’s goal is worth re-watching ;)

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