Torrey Mitchell

Kings begin break early in shutout loss to Sharks

Kings begin break early in shutout loss to Sharks

A victory over the Sharks on Saturday would have given the Kings the top spot in the Western Conference to hold throughout the NHL’s Christmas break. Players and coaches spoke about that possibility Saturday morning, calling it a sign of the progress they’ve made following last season’s failure to reach the playoffs while also saying they know they have work to do before they can declare themselves a long-term success.

It turned out they were right about having work to do.

Instead of enjoying the view from the top, the Kings went into the holiday break with a 2-0 loss to San Jose in a hard-hitting game at SAP Center. The indignity of being shut out for the first time this...

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