The dead silence lasted only momentarily, and it took on a somber tone as it came down in Staples Center.
The last thing the Kings need is an injury to goalie Jonathan Quick. Not after last season was essentially lost when he went down in the opener. So the pall among the announced crowd of 18,230 was understandable when Quick appeared hurt early in the second period Saturday.
He reached for his left leg after the puck hit the back of it during a crash in his crease, but he stayed in the game after a visit from the trainer as the pulse returned to the arena.
The Kings came back to life, too, but will go into the mandatory week off with two straight regulation losses...