So much for the marquee matchup of the season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning only needed two minutes to show off their skill, speed and puck movement, and that left the Kings in the dust in a 5-2 loss at Staples Center.
The Kings allowed four goals in a two-minute, two-second span in the first period and never mounted a sustained pushback on their way to their first regulation loss at home (5-0-2).
Here’s what we learned:
There’s no substitute for skill: Although the Kings failed to match Tampa Bay’s level of play early, recognition must also be...