The joyride ended with a walk down the tunnel in a huff, the seething noticeable in Jonathan Quick’s waddle.
The Kings finally lost a game in regulation, eight games into their season. Coach John Stevens cited the Toronto Maple Leafs as their biggest challenge to date, and he was right as his team had difficulty handling their speed and forechecking in a 3-2 loss in front of 19,235 fans at Air Canada Centre.
What Stevens didn’t foresee was an eventful game for Quick, who capped his Monday night with a boiled-over roughing penalty with 2:05 remaining that practically ended the best start in franchise history.
The Kings were 6-0-1 and knew the party would end...