The dead silence lasted only momentarily, and it took on a somber tone as it came down in Staples Center.
The last thing the
He reached for his left leg after the puck hit the back of it during a crash in his crease, but he stayed in the game after a visit from the trainer as the pulse returned to the arena.
The Kings came back to life, too, but will go into the mandatory week off with two straight regulation losses after falling to the
Kings coach John Stevens couldn't criticize his team much after it ran into one of the better defensive opponents in the league — kind of a version of itself.
"I thought it was going to be a tough game there," Stevens said. "I think they're as good a team as there is in the
"It just felt like we had some self-inflicting wounds with discipline early. It seems like every time we climbed back in, we got further behind. Still, again, that's the area that we really need to clean up."
Stevens started Quick for the eighth straight game even though Quick was 5-8-2 in his career against Nashville. Backup Darcy Kuemper, meanwhile, improved to 3-1-1 against the Predators on Nov. 4.
But Quick stood no chance anyway when Nashville took a 3-1 lead on second-period goals by Austin Watson and
Most of the scoring unfolded after a penalty-filled start that prevented any kind of a flow between the heavy forechecking teams. Pressure allowed the Kings to tie the score 1-1 on Adrian Kempe's 13th goal this season. Kempe got the puck from Subban, who fanned on his passing attempt in Nashville's end, skated in and beat
Already missing defenseman
"We took too many penalties," Lewis said. "We've just got to learn from that and stay a little more disciplined. But I like the way we came back and battled back. Everyone was putting in the effort, for sure."
Defenseman Christian Folin was activated and Muzzin was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 4.