Presented with several challenges Saturday, the Kings responded quickly and emphatically, producing a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators that left cheers ringing in their ears as they skated off the ice at Staples Center and prepared to play nine straight road games.
First, they took into the game the self-imposed challenge of being more engaged than they had been in a half-hearted home loss Thursday.
“We weren’t happy with our game against Carolina. We thought we didn’t bring emotion. We didn’t have the energy. We were really flat. We didn’t play our game,” defenseman Alec Martinez said. “Guys were upset.”