The legacy of Michal Handzus, Scott Parse and Ryan Smyth remains intact.
The last Kings team to win nine games in a row included those names, alongside stars Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick, back in 2010. This year’s team made a fine run at it, but it ended Tuesday in futile and frustrating fashion, a 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
The Kings couldn’t get the puck, or those who had it. They allowed two early goals and pursued the game the rest of the way, until their eight-game win streak ended, one shy of that 2010 franchise record. It remains the longest win streak in the NHL this season.
“This loss was coming for a little bit,”...