As the end of the second period, it certainly feels like the Coyotes are more involved in this game than they were following the first period. Phoenix has been able to generate some zone time and they’ve certainly been more physical, led primarily by Shane Doan. The captain has laid down at least three big hits — two against Mike Richards and one on Drew Doughty.
And of course, they’ve tied the score. It’s 2-2 after two periods thanks to a late second-period goal from Mikkel Boedker.
But the numbers paint a similar picture as the first 20 minutes, and it’s really pretty shocking that Phoenix is in this game at all. After getting outshot 32-9 (on goal, missed shots and shots that were blocked) in the first period, the Coyotes were outshot 34-23 in pucks directed at the net in the second period. Much closer than in the first, but still an absolutely dominant possession performance by the Kings.
Los Angeles has tried 66 shots in two periods. 34 have gone on net, 21 have been blocked on their way and 11 have missed the goal completely. Phoenix has put fewer shots in the direction of Jonathan Quick than the Kings have put on Smith’s goal. Yet somehow, this game is tied at 2-2 after two periods.
Hockey’s a weird game sometimes, and right now, the Kings have to be at least a little frustrated that their utter dominance is failing to pay off.