In the playoffs.
A win against the Blackhawks, of course, in the regular season would be an important first step. That was not to be on Monday as the Blackhawks defeated the Kings, 1-0, at the
"We've got to be better," Kings defenseman
The Kings have lost to the Blackhawks twice in 15 days, scoring once in those two games, both in Chicago. Monday represented a far superior effort to the game on Dec. 15, but the bigger picture is of greater concern.
They've lost three straight games in regulation for the first time all season. After starting goalie
"I don't know the stat, but we lost two regulation games in 20 or something like that and we were keeping pace," Brown said. "That's just how it is in the West. It was better, but the result is the same. It's disappointing. The way it is this year is about getting points. Now we've dropped three in a row and we've got a tough back-to-back. We've got to be ready to go in Dallas."
This one hinged on one mistake.
Chicago scored on a two-on-one at 7 minutes 5 seconds of the first period and it appeared as though Greene had broken up the pass from
"I'm not really sure, to be honest with you," Richards said of the play. "I just buried my head and was trying to backcheck and the next thing you know, the puck was right there. I don't know if I missed it, hit it, he lifted my stick. The next thing you know it was on his stick and in the back of the net."
Greene held himself accountable.
"Just didn't get enough of it. Two-on-one and I've got to get a better stick on the puck," he said. "And that's it. Gave them a second opportunity and they scored."
Of additional concern was a thunderous hit taken by defenseman
On Monday, the Kings were simply unable to convert their chances.
"We had some good looks at the net," Richards said. "You can't win in this league without scoring, that's obvious. We just have to bear down on our chances. When you're not scoring lots of goals, you have to tighten it up defensively."
Brown lamented the lost opportunity on the penalty shot, which was awarded to him at 13:22 after defenseman
"I have a couple of moves," Brown said. "I tried to go low blocker, but I just didn't get it high enough."
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