There were flashes of show-stopping brilliance -- OK, enough about the Senators’
The Dave Cameron Era in Ottawa got off to a fairly decent start as the Kings looked sleep-deprived in the first period -- needing more than 10 minutes before recording a shot on goal -- and the game was there for the taking for the Senators.
Cameron is the Senators' new coach, replacing the fired Paul MacLean earlier this week. This was his first game as their bench boss.
But the Kings have a habit of spoiling Ottawa debuts. Well, they did it once before, on Feb. 3, 2009, winning, 1-0, in what was Cory Clouston's first game as the Senators' coach.
At the time, the Senators were the NHL’s lowest scoring team. The Kings’ goalie that night was none other than Jonathan Quick, who also won on Thursday night. More trivia: The only goal was scored by
Ryan's shining moment
Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb will come to realize that Ryan has victimized many others with his offensive genius, dating back to his long tenure with the Anaheim Ducks.
Some of the victims have been veterans, too, not youngsters, like McNabb, still learning the position.
Ryan's goal in the second period lit up the Internet and will certainly be considered for the goal of the year.
On top of it, Ryan is playing with a broken index finger. He noticed that the Kings' defensemen were spaced a little far apart.
"I thought maybe if I could get into the middle I could make them think for half a second, I could squeeze thorough and I finally did," Ryan told the Ottawa Citizen after the game.
If you predicted defenseman
For Greene, it was his second goal of the season putting him halfway to his career high of four. Lewis recorded his fourth of the season; the game-winning goal was his first since last season, in March against Florida.
Those are all perfectly fine accomplishments. But the fact that Kings center Anze Kopitar finally scored, on the power play, was one of the game's biggest takeaways, ending what had been a long drought that was closing in on one month.