Can things possibly get worse?
Well, in a word: Yes.
The already defense-depleted
He went to the dressing room for treatment and did not return for the rest of the game. The injury occurred on his sixth shift of the second period, and the Kings did not specify the nature of his injury.
"Once the doctor gives us some more information then ... that's all I can tell you," Coach
The Kings were on the second night of back-to-back games, and the loss to Dallas was just their second in regulation in 10 games at home.
They didn't start to generate much energy until late in the second period. By then, the Stars were already ahead. They got a first-period goal by forward
"We chased the game. We chased it from the first period on," Kings forward
It was the 28th career shutout for Dallas goaltender
On this night, however, the injury to Martinez was the primary story line.
Even before this latest mishap involving another defenseman, the Kings were in a world of hurt on the back end. Because of a lower-body injury to defenseman
They had played short a defenseman — going with five instead of the usual six — but turned in a comprehensive effort in beating Vancouver on Saturday. The role of Martinez has increased and he is especially valuable because he has the ability to play both sides and can provide a nice boost of offense.
Of late, his minutes on the ice have often only been surpassed by
The Kings lost to Anaheim in a wild 6-5 shootout, in which Sutter benched his leading scorer (Tyler Toffoli), third-leading scorer (Tanner Pearson) and
"I don't think right now is the time to talk about individual games," Toffoli said. "We have to figure out our game as a whole and get better as a group."
Pearson, who was the league's rookie of the month in October, has not scored since Oct. 26, producing one assist since then. Toffoli has had three points in the last six games, all coming in the victory against Vancouver.
"In the second and third, we were better," Toffoli said of the overall effort. "But when you're down by two goals, it's not easy to keep coming back and winning games."