The Kings' 4-3 loss to the
So, somehow, some way, the Kings must formulate a way to make another comeback in Game 6, to be played Wednesday at
"That's the plan," Kings center
They made too many turnovers early in Monday's game, too many unforced errors that put them in too big a hole to give themselves a reasonable chance to win. And so, their postseason streakiness continued at a time when consistency is prized: They lost the first three to San Jose before winning the next four and the first two against the Ducks. They've now lost three straight. A fourth ends their season.
"There's no secret recipe," Kings captain
Then there's the stuff you can teach, like limiting turnovers and being more poised with the puck. Pressured early by the Ducks, the Kings gave up an unusual number of odd-man rushes and surrendered the puck in the neutral zone more than they can afford.
That must change for them to keep this season going.
"We've got to play Kings hockey," said defenseman
"I don't think we've really been too happy with quite a few of our games in this series. We've got to definitely play better in the next game. It's attention to detail."
The biggest edges the Kings had coming into this series were their goaltending and defense. Quick is less than two years removed from being the most valuable player on their
The Ducks' goaltending situation was uncertain, a choice between rookie
How things have changed. The Kings' defense has been worn down by losing Mitchell and, during this series, losing
"I don't think it was a question of if we get good goaltending. I think it was a question of who was going to give it to us," Ducks forward
"Gibby's just the latest in a line of guys who have come in … He stood tall in there and made big saves at the end, and that's what we need in the playoffs."
The Ducks were respectful to the Kings, fully aware of that remarkable first-round rally.
"That's a pretty good team over there," said winger
Brown found reason for optimism — that the Kings got a few goals against rookie Gibson, even if a few goals wasn't quite enough.
"He's been really good. He made a lot of really big saves for them tonight," Brown said. "I thought we did a better job with [creating] traffic, and as a result we score goals, so it's getting more of that in the next game."