SUNRISE, Fla. — Kings left wing
"I had two below-mediocre games on the road," King said. "And had a talk with the assistant coaches and just kind of got back to what helped me be successful in camp.
"That's just a little bit of confidence, a little bit of getting back to basics and it helped."
King was talking after he scored a short-handed goal, on a breakaway late in the third period, in the Kings' 2-1 shootout victory over the
It was his first point in five games this season and gave his confidence a much-needed boost. He had a mere one shot on goal in the first three games.
Sutter could have taken King out of the lineup when he decided to involve left wing
King did not score in the first 18 games last season, and so, the first goal, coming early on this four-game trip, represents a psychological lift.
"It's nice. The quicker you get the first one, it's a little bit of pressure off you," King said.
"I've got to be better with the puck and make smarter decisions," Muzzin said. "I know it's a long season and you never know what's going to happen. You've just got to be ready."
When: Noon PDT.
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.
On the Air: TV: FS West. Radio: 1150.
Record vs. Panthers (2012-13): Did not play.
Etc.: Center Aleksander Barkov, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, is off to an impressive start for the Panthers. The 18-year-old from Finland has five points in five games, including three against the