A grim mood in the morning — uncertainty over the prognosis for an injured
The Kings have had many unpleasant days the last two seasons and Friday managed to find its way onto the list. Hours before the loss to the Flyers in the home opener, Kings General Manager
Lombardi made it clear from his brief comments after the morning skate that there is serious concern about the injury, which was sustained in the final 30 seconds of the season opener Wednesday at San Jose. The next step for Quick is to get opinions from several doctors and how best to proceed with treatment and rehabilitation. It sounded as though the injury, while not exactly the same as Quick's groin injury in 2013, is in a similar area.
If this was a preview of what the next few weeks — or perhaps longer — will look like without Quick, it was an uninviting snapshot.
After a scoreless first period, the Flyers scored four times in the second, including two goals in 48 seconds. One goal came off a bad line change by the Kings. Later, on the Flyers’ fourth goal, defenseman
The Kings’ goals came from their defensemen.
"They had a lot of momentum in that second period and it kind of started with their first goal," Doughty said. "Not that we got down on ourselves on the bench but that's kind of what it seemed like. After that, Zats kept making big save after big save. Then eventually he can't be saving everything for us.
"Eventually, they're going to go in. Tonight is completely on all the guys, except for Zats. I thought he played a great game. Nothing to blame on any of those goals. It's all on us."
In two games, the Kings have been outscored, 6-3. Last season, they lost their first three games —to San Jose, Arizona and Vancouver — and were outscored, 12-2.
"Damn right it matters to me," Sutter said. "My mind-set would be to go 80-2."
Defenseman Matt Greene and forwards
Kings captain Anze Kopitar was asked about the mind-set in playing without Quick for perhaps an extended period.
“We’re going to go and win games,” Kopitar said. “Yeah, he’s a big part of this team and arguably the best goalie in the
For Zatkoff, it was a tough home debut with the Kings. He was a third-round draft pick by the Kings in 2006, and ended up with the Pittsburgh organization and played 35 NHL regular-season games for the
"They got to their game in the second. We kind of sat back out our heels," Zatkoff said. "We never really found it in the second until we came back in here and regrouped. After that, we had a good third. But it's too late.
"You've got to play 60 minutes in this league. You can't give up four goals in a period. That's the difference in the game."
Sutter didn't complain about the goalie: "In the first period he made two big saves on our penalty kill to keep it 0-0 going into the second. The first two goals were odd-man rushes. He gave us a chance."