On Feb. 9, 1966, Jack Kent Cooke and the city of Los Angeles were awarded an National Hockey League expansion franchise. 50 years later, on Feb. 9, 2016, those Los Angeles Kings fell behind 1-0 before scoring seven straight goals in what ultimately became a 9-2 rout of the Boston Bruins.
Commemorating their 50th anniversary by skating in the original team colors of ‘forum blue and gold’ the Kings took advantage of a Bruins team which played an unusually wide-open style. The Kings erupted for 57 shots on goal, with nine different Kings players scoring goals.
Coming into the game, the Kings coaching staff had expressed a need for the team to get back to basics. The result was a solid win, though the start of the game was a little shaky. When Brad Marchand scored a power play goal at 5:03 of the first period to put the Bruins ahead 1-0, the Bruins had outshot the Kings by a margin of 7-1. From there, the Kings steadily began to take control.
Late in the first period, Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik scored goals 1:23 apart to give the Kings a 2-1 lead going into a second period which belonged to the Kings, as they began by scored three unanswered goals on 12 shots. This led to the Bruins pulling starting goalie Tuuka Rask. Jonas Gustavsson replaced Rask, but the song remained the same. Leading 5-1, Trevor Lewis scored the Kings sixth goal of the game, with just 1:04 remaining in the period.
Going into the third period, the Kings led 6-1. Milan Lucic, who was a part of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team, put the Kings up 7-1, 3:41 into the final period. Though the Bruins were in desperation mode, the Kings remained focused and outshot the Bruins 19-11 in the third period, while scoring three more goals.
This was the first game of a seven-game, 12-day road trip. Coming into the game, the Kings had been experiencing a bit of a lull, having gone just 5-5 over the course of the last 10 games. As a result, though they still lead the Pacific division, the surging Anaheim Ducks and and San Jose Sharks had been making things a bit uncomfortable. Tonight, the Kings answered the bell.
Kings notes: This was Milan Lucic’s first game in Boston since he was traded to the Kings this past offseason. Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis, each had six shots on goal. Defensemen Drew Doughty and Brayden McNabb both finished with a game-high +3 plus/minus rating. The Kings road trip continues on Thursday night, Feb. 11 with a game against the New York Islanders. They will remain in the area and face the New York Rangers on Friday night before heading to New Jersey to face the Devils on Sunday night, Feb. 14.
Feb. 9, 2016 – LA Kings 9, Boston Bruins 2. Final score: LAK 9, BOS 2. Final shots on goal: LAK 57, BOS 37. Power play: LAK 3/3, BOS 1/3. Three Stars of the game: 1) Drew Doughty – LAK, Jeff Carter – LAK, Milan Lucic – LAK. Goaltenders: LAK – Jonathan Quick, BOS – Tuuka Rask/Jonas Gustavsson.
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