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Three takeaways from the Kings’ 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning

Three takeaways from the Kings’ 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning

Inexplicably, the Kings have seen their hottest streak of the season dissolve into the most frigid of cold spells in the space of consecutive 5-0 losses. The second came Tuesday in Tampa, where a fast start that featured 19 first-period shots fizzled, allowing the Lightning to sweep the season series from the Kings for the first time since 2008-09, when the teams met just once. And that has produced more questions than answers:

1. Does goalie Peter Budaj need a break?

Clearly something is not right with Kings’ defense. One game into the team’s four-game East Coast roadtrip, the Kings were working on a 144-minute scoreless streak after posting three shutouts in...

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