Kings give slip to Oilers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Kings got the job done with two things that will greatly enhance their chances for success this season: gritty play from a forward such as Brown and solid goaltending. Brown, who was a soft-spoken 18-year-old rookie when last seen on the ice, is developing into a monster. He leveled Edmonton defenseman Chris Pronger with a check in the first period, then, in the second period, stripped the puck from Pronger along the boards and skated in to score the Kings’ second goal. “Dustin just plays the game,” coach Andy Murray said. “He’s an honest competitor.” Actually, he’s turning into much more than that. With a motor that never seems to stop, Brown’s physical play has game-altering ability, and he’s also a threat to score. Going after Pronger, formerly the NHL’s MVP and top defenseman? Just part of the job. The Edmonton Oilers came to town Tuesday representing all that is good about the new NHL. Stuck in a small market with a low payroll, the Oilers didn’t have much hope under the old system, but the salary cap has turned them into contenders and the rules changes have made them fun to watch. Not that the Kings figured to be impressed. Dustin Brown and Jason LaBarbera certainly weren’t. “He didn’t like it. I don’t think he likes getting hit,” Brown said of Pronger. “That’s what I do. I don’t really go after anyone in particular. If there’s a check to finish, I finish it.” Brown’s goal broke a 1-1 tie with 3:23 remaining in the second period, then the Kings added an insurance goal 76 seconds into the third period when Eric Belanger scored in a second consecutive game. Sean Avery started the play when he picked up the puck near the boards and fired a shot. Edmonton goalie Ty Conklin couldn’t control the puck and Belanger beat Marc-Andre Bergeron to the net and pushed the rebound past Conklin for a 3-1 Kings lead. The Kings’ rotating-goalie system gave LaBarbera another chance to shine on Tuesday, and for the most part, he did. Similar to his first start, LaBarbera allowed a soft goal in the first period, which this time tied the score 1-1, and then settled down. “Jason doesn’t have to tease us,” Murray joked, regarding the soft early goal. “We kind of said on the bench that we knew he’d recover, and he was solid the rest of the way.” With Murray alternating between LaBarbera and Mathieu Garon, LaBarbera knows the importance of every start, and he certainly didn’t hurt himself Tuesday with a 23-save effort. Things could have gone bad for the Kings early in the second period, when penalties to Avery and Mike Weaver gave the Oilers a 5-on-3 power play, but that’s when LaBarbera came up biggest. LaBarbera made three tough saves during the penalty kill, most notably a glove save on a point-blank shot by Jarret Stoll, and two minutes after the power play ended, LaBarbera stopped a breakaway by Raffi Torres. “I think that might have been the turning point,” LaBarbera said of the 5-on-3 kill. “Any time you do that, it gives you some momentum. Our guys stepped up and did what they had to do there.” KINGS NOTES: After back-to-back games as a healthy scratch, Michael Cammalleri returned to the lineup. … The Kings activated defenseman Richard Petiot from injured reserved and assigned him to Manchester (AHL). Only forward Valeri Bure (back) remains on the injured list, and there is no timetable for his return. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img After games against three modestly talented opponents, the Kings faced their biggest challenge of the young season and beat the Oilers, 3-1, before 16,394 at Staples Center. Photo gallery: King vs Oilers last_img read more

Perak to be without Pinto for Pahang’s match

first_imgMalaysia Cup Durakovic wants Perak to utilise home advantage to reach semis Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:30 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Perak head coach Mehmet Durakovic 1/3/2017 Vincent Phoon/CSN Malaysia Cup Perak v Pahang Pahang Perak Perak will miss influential Yashir Pinto as The Bos Gaurus seek to overturn a 1-3 defeat in the first leg against Pahang in the Malaysia Cup Perak were the only away side from the first leg of the Malaysia Cup quartefinals that didn’t win on the road and they face an uphill battle against Pahang in the return leg scheduled to be played on Sunday.Things are not helped that Mehmet Durakovic will also be missing the influential Yashir Pinto who has returned to Chile to recover from his injury, on top of the injury suffered by Hafiz Kamal who is out for the rest of the 2017 season. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Still, only needing two goals to turn the tie back into their favour, Gilmar Filho’s second half goal at Darul Makmur Stadium could yet proved to be crucial in the encounter at Perak Stadium.”It’s not going to be easy. Everyone knows Pahang are a good side who’s been together 3 – 4 years. They have good foreigners and local players. But we’re playing at home and we’ve got nothing to lose.” “We’ve got the crowd behind us. We’ll give our best shot, it’s not impossible. We’ll try and attack and to win this game because Perak haven’t been in the semi-final for so many years.”It’s very important to keep our concentration throughout. We played well in Kuantan and it was only 5 minutes of madness that they scored 3 goals. We played well the whole game. In the second half we killed them.”At the end of the day we lost 3-1 but their goal keeper got the man of the match. Shows we created a lot of chances. It’s very important that we’re fighting for 90 minutes,” Durakovic told Goal ahead of return fixture.In between these two legs, Perak also suffered a disappointing defeat to relegation battlers Melaka United, losing their second away game in a row with the same margin of 3-1. The Australian Durakovic however isn’t too perturbed by that result but laments the loss of two important players for the Pahang match.”I want to win every game but honestly we really really missed Hafiz Kamal. He’s out for whole year. Also Pinto, he’s gone to Chile last night [Friday] to have a look at his achilles. These are two players who have been in my starting XI for the whole year and now to miss them in the crucial part of the season is tough.” “I have other players who can play and hopefully they will do well. But you can’t buy experience, both have been my rock for the whole year,” added Durakovic.Among those that could feature in their stead are Shahrul Saad, Ahmad Khairil Anuar and Hadi Yahya – all of whom possess relative experience that could help Perak’s cause to reach their first Malaysia Cup semi-final since 2006.last_img read more