What. A. Start. The Kings came out with a bang in their first playoff appearance since the change in management in 18/19.
Captain Sid set the tone early in the second with a powerplay goal, and the Kings never looked back as they strong armed their way through the last 2 frames. Assisting on the Kings first goal was trade deadline week acquisition Brayden Schenn, who would go on to score another two goals, earning himself first star honours.
At the risk of downplaying a strong offensive performance by the Kings top 6 group, the glory needs to be recognized as a team-wide effort. The Kings were able to stifle the defending cup-champs handedly, limiting shots against to only 12, and hold a massive positive ratio in shot share, pounding Wild Goalie John Gibson with 38 shots against. Frustration must have set in for the champs, as evidenced by the 7 minor penalties dealt to the Wild throughout the game.
Even after a one-sided opening game, the Kings recognize that the reigning champs will regroup and return with a strong effort in game two. The Wild have been here before, and they know what needs to be done to move forward. The Kings will have their work cut out for them tomorrow night in L.A.