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After scoring a total of four goals in losing their previous three games, the Kings were relieved to fill the net on Saturday. "With all the chances that we had in Minnesota and Winnipeg and not being able to bury those opportunities, we put a lot of emphasis on that heading into tonight's game," Lucic said. "Getting it started off right in the first 60 seconds by getting that goal, and the way that you score, goes to show how the goals are scored in this league now—banging away at the front, finding your own rebound, just getting it up and making it count."
The Kings say they haven't consciously let up since they clinched a playoff berth, but they're still a ways from playing as tight a defensive game as they'd like to be playing when the playoffs start. They've given up 15 goals in the last four games. "For us, it was a great job offensively to get the goals and make it count," Lucic said. "On the other end, we need to clean things up defensively. We gave up too many goals in the last four games."
Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall draft pick, can flat-out play. He's skilled, smart, and able to position himself well defensively, a knack few rookies have. If he hadn't lost three months to a broken collarbone he'd likely be a sure pick for the Calder trophy as rookie of the year; as it is, he will get a lot of votes. He has 15 goals and 45 points in 41 games for a team that is stocked with scoring talent and can look dazzling at times but can look awful a few minutes later because of its lack of size and defensive depth. The rebuild continues.