Maybe the upcoming pause in the action will revive the
Unfortunately, there aren't 20 days between games, only because of All-Star festivities and then a game against Chicago on Jan. 28.
Could they use the 20 days? Well …
It has become abundantly clear the Kings are in dire need of a fix after host San Jose beat them, 4-2, on Wednesday night. The
The Kings have won only three times since the Christmas break and are 5-9-6 on the road. Road woes have been a constant issue from the start.
The Kings' malaise deepened just when they had the chance to move past Calgary, which lost at Anaheim. They still trail the
Their penalty-killing efforts came up short. San Jose put it away with their power play, going two for three on the man advantage, scoring once in the second period and again in the third. On both, defenseman
The Sharks went ahead, 3-1, at 8 minutes 27 seconds of the third period after Doughty went off for high sticking Couture. Even a broken play worked to the Sharks' advantage as
It is the first time since Dec. 4 that the Sharks have scored two power-play goals in a game.
"We've got to do a better job in certain areas," defenseman
This one stayed close until the third period only because of goalie
But shortly thereafter, the Sharks converted their first of two power-play goals.
Doughty had gone to the penalty box for hooking Pavelski and the Sharks went ahead, 2-1, at 16:39. Marleau got it past Quick, tipping Couture's shot from the circle.
The Kings' first goal came in the second period at 11:39 from
For Brown, it was his eighth goal of the season and the assists went to
With the Kings pushing hard late, forward
Rookie Nick Shore had the second assist for his first
Now the Kings head into the All-Star break searching for solutions.
"I think we can all just do a better job," Regehr said. "Whether it's the guys that have to be physical or throwing more checks or being harder to play against. Or the skilled guys that need to hang on to pucks, take pucks to the net or score big goals.