A few more takeaways from the
Absence of Quick looms large
Quick suffered the injury on the last shift of the first period, according to Kings Coach
Lombardi said Wednesday night via text message that the injury was "not good," reiterating what he said through a club spokesperson immediately after the game.
How important is Quick to the Kings? Think about Montreal goalie
Price was injured last season on Oct. 29, ultimately requiring knee surgery, and Montreal went on to miss the playoffs.
Welcome to the
It was expected that the first regular-season sighting of the Kings' No. 2 goalie, Zatkoff, might come when the Kings had their first assignment of games on back-to-back nights, in late October.
Not after the first 20 minutes of the season.
If Quick is out for an extended period, the Kings will be hoping that Zatkoff is the Professor 2.0. Explanation: Quick suffered a serious groin injury in the 2013-14 season, at Buffalo in November, and the backup at the time,
Current Sharks' starter Martin Jones, notably, won 12 games for the Kings that season.
Paging the schedule makers
Fans of the Kings are likely hoping for another opponent for the season opener next year.
They've faced the Sharks now in their last three season openers, losing all three games and getting outscored, 11-2.
Wednesday's game, a one-goal loss, was the closest of the three.