What we learned from the
More work ahead
The Kings have made a remarkable climb from outside the top eight in the West to get back into the playoff picture, but their work isn't done yet. Playing their third game in four nights, they ultimately were worn down by the Ducks' persistent forecheck and gave up four goals in the third period, the last one into an empty net.
"There's not a single team that you can sit back and just collect points against and not play the third period," Kings defenseman Matt Greene said. "That's a case in point [Friday]. They're a good team, but you can't do that against anybody. We have to be better than that. We have to continue playing our game, continue getting pucks deep, and forecheck teams. That's how we play and that's how we have success grinding teams down."
Confidence not shaken with two losses in a row
The Kings gained confidence during their eight-game winning streak. Two losses — to Ottawa on Thursday and to the Ducks on Friday — aren't about to undermine that confidence.
"That would be correct," Sutter said. "We have a tough travel day [Saturday] and we'll fight for a playoff spot."
Said team captain
They’ve done this before, overcoming mid-season doldrums to finish strong and begin playoff runs that took them to the
Sutter is in verbal-clampdown playoff mode
Asked what happened in the third period, he said the Ducks’ forecheck had overwhelmed his players as they got deeper into their third game in four days. Asked how newly acquired defenseman