In short, we didn’t learn all that much. The
That snapped a five-game winning streak for the Kings and gave the Capitals (36-11-6) three victories in a row. The Capitals have also won 16 of their last 19 contests.
“Well, I mean they can score,” defenseman
"You give them a little space and they capitalize on it and that's a danger and we gave them too much space."
The Capitals lead the
But that didn’t help them corral the Capitals offense in the first period. Kings goaltender
"Well we knew that going into it," Muzzin said of the Capitals strong first-period offense. "And we didn't come out with the right attitude and the right mentality to eliminate that and they got two on us in the first and we were chasing the game."
The Kings went scoreless in three power-play attempts, the most important of which came when they trailed by one goal in the first period. But they never gathered a foothold in the Capitals' zone and were limited to one half-decent chance off Anze Kopitar's stick.
"Well I think it's just everything, really," Kopitar said of what didn't work on the power play. "I don't think we got enough shots on net and you know, the volume of power play wasn't there that we're used to."
The penalty kill was there, limiting the Capitals to few chances and no goals in two opportunities. But the power play was the Kings' ticket back into the game. They never used it.
“I think we missed the net a lot,” Kings Coach
Toffoli feeling good,
The Kings have placed forward Jordan Nolan on injured reserve, the team confirmed Sunday morning. Nolan has not played since sustaining a lower-body injury in a win over the
Forward Tyler Toffoli, who played for the first time in 20 games on Saturday, has now played regular minutes in back-to-back games. He was out since Dec. 20 because of a lower-body injury and, so far, is having a solid transition back to the ice. He is on a line with
"I think last night, I talked to him, he felt good," Sutter said of Toffoli on Sunday. "Two months between games, long time. He's got two games under his belt."