The Kings continued their lackluster offense that we’ve seen from them, going all the way back to last year’s regular season. They managed just one goal prior to the last 45 seconds of the game, before a Slava Voynov goal from the point, helped by half of Roberto Luongo‘s team screening their own goaltender, sent the game to overtime.
In the middle of the action was Jeff Carter, who has been very good for the Kings, even while he waits for the rest of the offense to catch up. After a poor showing with the Columbus Blue Jackets last year, and a slow start after arriving in Hollywood, Carter has gotten off to a solid start this year.
Carter was responsible for the first Kings goal on the night, when they were in need of a momentum swing down 2-0. It was his third goal of the season.
When the shootout rolled around, it was Carter who stepped up again. He scored the only goal of the shootout, for either team, flicking a nasty backhand shot by Luongo, which set Jonathan Quick up to seal the deal. Of course, it helped that the shooters for the Canucks included Alex Edler, Alex Burrows, and Zack Kassian. Seriously, Kassian? Edler? Poor Luongo.
The Kings still have a long way to go to get their offense back on track. At least they have Carter, who has been one of the only bright spots for them early on this season. He’ll have to continue to lead the way if the Kings want to recover from this extremely slow start.