A few more takeaways from the finale of the
OK, he's not totally unstoppable.
"Our guys are playing great in front of me," Kinkaid said. "It's not necessarily anything I'm doing. They've taken their big guys out of the game and not given them second chances."
Slow starting ... again
The Kings obviously didn't learn from their mistakes against the Devils last month. They allowed a power-play goal at New Jersey before the game was six minutes old and watched the Devils go into shut-down mode and were forced to chase the game. On Saturday, they fell behind even more quickly, giving up a goal at the 1:12 mark of the first period.
"We didn't have a very good first, and we were kind of battling to get back in it against a team that doesn't give up much," he said. "We got a point out of it, but we lost a point because of our first period, nothing else.
"I just don't think we were ready to start."
Underperforming power play
Despite falling behind early and despite the early lack of energy, the Kings had every opportunity to get back in the game. They had three power plays in the opening period and would go 0 for 5, in all.
The Devils put on a shot-blocking clinic, but Kopitar didn't think the Kings demonstrated the proper amount of forcefulness with the man advantage.
"It's a lot of things we weren't doing," Kopitar said. "Obviously no discredit to them. We know we can play a lot better, and we're going to have to play a lot better. I don't think we were aggressive enough.