They scored nine goals only two days ago against the
"I don't know what to tell you," defenseman
The Kings and goalie
Two of the Islanders' goals were scored by defensemen
"We were flat," Sutter said. "We didn't play much of our game, at all. Down the middle of the ice, those three centermen get a lot of goals for them.
"I thought [Kings center]
Center Anze Kopitar was a minus-one, Andy Andreoff a minus-two. Andreoff, in particular, looked lost on the sequence leading to Cizikas' goal, a rebound that made the score 2-0, at 11:19 of the first period.
Lucic had a turnover in the neutral zone on the Islanders' first goal, which was scored by Boychuk. Lucic, who had a goal and an assist in his emotional return against his former team on Tuesday, owned the miscue.
"We can't play one way one game and one way another game," he said. "We've got to find that consistency in our game, night in, night out. We need to learn from this once again and be ready to play come tomorrow because it doesn't get easier as the trip goes along.
"Our execution in the first period allowed them to get that lead. ...In this league, you've got to make that next play and I wasn't able to make that next play, turned the puck over and it ends up in our net."
In addition to Quick, the Kings' scratches were defenseman
Ehrhoff was assigned to the Kings'
Sutter, as his custom, declined to say whether Budaj would start in Friday's game against the
It was a whirlwind for the 23-year-old Gravel, who was preparing to play a minor league game at San Jose on Wednesday but was held out.
"It all happened pretty quickly," he said. "I got here and they told me I was playing, so I kind of rolled with it. You get a little time to think about it on a cross-country trip, but it's not a trip you mind making.
"It's exciting. You've been working your whole life for this and to get the first one is an exciting moment."
Said Sutter of Gravel's debut: "It was hard to evaluate it. He played the left side and they generate a lot from that side of the ice against us, so it's hard to just single that player out.
"Good for him. He gets his first NHL game."
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