Play a tight defensive game. Avoid turnovers. Ride out the wave of emotion that always lifts the home team at the jampacked
A game that was playoff-like in its tension and high skill level veered off course for the Kings in the final 20 minutes. Their seven-game winning streak screeched to a halt after
Chicago took an early lead when Jonathan Toews finished off a two-on-one break from the left side, but the Kings rebounded well. They pulled even on
According to Kings Coach
That cost them early in the third period, when Kane whipped a shot past a screened Quick and into the upper right corner of the net at 1:22. Teravainen put Chicago ahead at 9:02 after being set up with a brilliant backhand pass from Kane, who was standing behind the net, and Anisimov put the game out of reach for the Kings (7-4-0) with a short-handed goal at 18:27.
"We just can't afford to pretty much [give] away points like that because that's not the way we're built and not the way we talked about the way to play," Kopitar said.
Not even close.
"It was back and forth there and we were pretty sloppy in our play," right wing
It didn't help that the Blackhawks jumped on so many of those turnovers. "Not a good thing when Patrick Kane is on the receiving end of most of them. Good line. We couldn't handle it," Sutter said of the trio of Kane, Anisimov and Teravainen.
The Kings did find consolation in knowing they play again Tuesday, in St. Louis. "We'll start another streak," Brown said. "That's the good thing about this league. You're playing every other day or every day. You hit the reset button and try to start another one in St. Louis."
Kopitar — whose roughing penalty in the second period gave him more penalty minutes this season (two) than assists (zero) — said the loss should be a lesson. "If we're going to go 7-1 every time I think everybody's going to be pretty happy," he said. "We've got to put this one behind us. It definitely stinks and it's a not a good feeling right now because we're going into a pretty tough building [Tuesday] too, and we've got to make sure we're better prepared and ready to go."
KINGS AT ST. LOUIS
When: Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. PST
On the air: TV: NBCSN; Radio: 790.
Update: The Blues have been hit hard by injuries, including forwards