Kings fail to score on 10 straight minutes of power-play time

Rich Lam

The Kings played the first 10 minutes of their game on a power play and did nothing with it. How does a team get that much power play time?

The Los Angeles Kings do a lot of things very well.

They are an outstanding defensive team, they control the puck better than just about any other team in the league, and they win a heck of a lot of hockey games. There has to be something they struggle with, right? Of course. They don't score a lot of goals.

They entered play on Monday against the Vancouver Canucks 20th in the league in goals scored, and the Canucks seemed to go out of their way in the first period to help their slumping offense bust out by taking penalty after penalty after penalty.

It was so bad that Vancouver played almost the entire first 11 minutes of the game shorthanded thanks to a pretty wild sequence of events.

After Zack Kassian was sent off for hooking just nine seconds into the game, Tom Sestito gave the Kings an additional seven-minute power play when he tried to fight Jordan Nolan after Nolan hit Henrik Sedin.

It was a "fight" that Nolan wanted absolutely nothing to do with.


Sestito's initial shift lasted one second and ended with him taking 27 penalty minutes, including an instigator penalty, a 10-minute misconduct, a five-minute major for fighting, and a 10-minute "aggressor" penalty.

Before all of that power-play time ended, Sedin made sure to give the Kings some 5-on-3 time when he was whistled for hooking.

So what did the Kings do with all of that power-play time? Absolutely, positively nothing. They failed to score.

Maybe the Canucks were on to something.

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