Joel Ward

Kings lose back-to-back games for first time this season

Kings lose back-to-back games for first time this season

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The Kings took a sharp turn Sunday, from an open-ended game against their previous opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning, to tight checking, low scoring and good goaltending with their divisional rival San Jose Sharks.

The two best teams in the NHL in goals allowed grinded through much of the night and leaned on goalies Jonathan Quick and Martin Jones until a fateful mistake was committed. That turned out to be the Kings, who turned the puck over and paid for it in a 2-1 loss in front of 18,230 at Staples Center.

Barclay Goodrow’s shot hit off Joel Ward’s skate and into the net with more than seven...

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