The simple play occurred about halfway through the game, when the Kings looked like they had a clear path to get out of their zone, and maybe out of a hole.
Rookie Michael Amadio grabbed the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman momentarily retreated, then pounced on Amadio and took it from him to keep the possession going.
And so it seemed for much of a 5-2 Kings loss Thursday at Staples Center — not quite men versus boys but at times two elite teams operating at different levels.
Hedman, a Norris Trophy finalist last season, was hardly the only issue for the Kings. Tampa Bay’s breathtaking duo of Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov often toyed with the...