Kings Fall Apart
It's hard to win when you allow four goals in the final period. The Kings gave up four consecutive goals in the final twenty minutes resulting in a 5-1 loss to the Stars in Dallas. On the bright side the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the fifth place San Jose Sharks, 4-0 tonight.
The Kings finish the night in fourth place in the Western Conference as the shortened season races toward its finish line.
Drew Doughty's power play goal 1:13 into the game seems like an eternity ago. After Doughty's tally the Kings fell victim to a Stars' strategy that stifled the Kings. Anze Kopitar fed Doughty who banged in his fourth goal of the season past Kari Lehtonen.
The defenseman, Doughty, is beginning to find his bearings and have an impact in the offensive end. Acquiring Robyn Regehr has sparked Doughty's offensive output, earning a point in the past four games, giving the Kings even more scoring depth on an already loaded roster.
Lehtonen left the game and did not return at the 5:42 mark in the first period. Replacement Richard Bachman could not have played any better making 22 saves on 22 shots.
Alex Gogligoski leveled the game at one with a laser at 11:16 in the opening period. The goal came after the Kings killed a penalty. Jonathan Quick made a leg save on a slapshot, which ricocheted of the boards and was coralled by Gogligoski. Skating to the left circle the defenseman fired in the Stars first goal.
Quick played well through the first two periods, keeping the Kings in the game. Quick finished the night with 26 saves on 31 saves.
No goals were scored in the second period. The Kings failed to capitalize on a four minute minor penalty on Aaron Rome for highsticking.
A constant theme between the Kings and Stars this season is tied games entering the final period. For the fourth time the teams entered the third stanza on an even scoreboard. Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler both scored twice to put the game away. Whitney began the onslaught 52 seconds into the period with a wrist shot getting past Quick. Fiddler scored his second and the final goal of the night with 6:06 left in the game.
The Kings returns to the Staples Center Thursday night to take on the Colorado Avalanche.