They got the start they wanted, only to give it up. They made a play on a penalty kill, only to have it turn into a goal.
They ultimately got one point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the
Here's what we learned:
The penalties are adding up. The Kings took five minor penalties that gave the Islanders more than eight minutes of power play time. That’s a lot of time chasing the puck, and Kings coach John Stevens said it taxed his main horses, Kopitar and
It's part of a trend that one could see coming. The Kings' top-ranked penalty kill can only be asked to do so much, so perhaps it was a matter of time before it took on too much water. The Kings have allowed a power-play goal in five straight games.
More frustrating is that some of the penalties are in the offensive zone — two against the
Oscar Fantenberg should shoot more. He first has to get into the lineup, and that happened Saturday because it was the second game of a back-to-back and Kurtis MacDermid turned in one of worst games of the season Friday and was scratched.
Fantenberg is known for his offensive tendencies and good shot, on display with his first-period goal, the second of his
Defensemen play has been a topic with the Kings, and Fantenberg could have earned another spot in the lineup.
"I thought he gave us good, solid play," Stevens said. "That's what we're hoping for."
Elite players are killing the Kings. On Friday night, it was
It’s probably more a reflection of their talent than the Kings’ inability to stop them. The Kings have high-end players, of course, and they did their part to tie up the game late. Kopitar scored after
Now if they could get some help from their teammates, it would go a long way.