"Zero points," he said tersely.
There are no consolation prizes in Quick's world, an attitude that helped push the Kings to two
Hoping to build off their rousing, come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, the Kings played well Saturday. Very well, at times. The Bruins didn't give them many prime scoring chances but the Kings didn't finish the few they had, and this was a game that allowed no wasting of time or chances.
Kind of what their season is becoming.
"We said that a lot lately, that we've played well but it wasn't good enough," said winger
In a defeat sealed by
"We're not ready to panic," defenseman
"We're not panicking. We're ready for this challenge and we're going to overcome it."
They got the Xs and O's right Saturday and got the respect of the Bruins, who have recorded points in 14 of 15 games after sagging in early December.
"They play really hard all over the ice," Boston defenseman
But the Kings, who hadn't played outside of California since Jan. 1 and haven't won two games in a row since Dec. 18 and Dec. 20, came out of it with zero points. Their road record is 5-10-6 with four games remaining on this trip.
"That's more the game we need to play, but at the same time we put ourselves in a situation where we need to find points,"
If they have a next level now would be a good time to find and consistently show it. Their often-stretched defense played capably Saturday but the offense didn't step up. Every skater except defenseman Matt Greene had at least one shot on goal and Doughty had a team-leading four, but they couldn't finish. That, ultimately, finished them.
"We played really well. Didn't get many opportunities, either team against each other," Coach Darryl Sutter said. "We probably had some high what we call Grade A chances and we've got to bury one of them and we weren't able to."
The Bruins had broken through at 17 minutes 20 seconds of the second period on a shot from the left circle by Marchand past Quick, who appeared to be screened.
"It doesn't matter. It didn't hit me. It went in the net," he said.
The Kings pulled even with seven minutes left in the third period on a long shot by Nolan off the left wing that deflected off a Bruin and past
"We're looking at the standings every day," Brown said. "If you're not, I don't know what's wrong with you. Again, now, there's nothing we can do about tonight."