Their season may be only two games old, but Kings already has some tips on how to steal defeat from the chin of victory.
In the second straight-out, a 3-1 second break advantage was lost to Minnesota Wild at Staples Center on Saturday night in a 4-3 extra time.
“We played almost the same for two games in a row, so we shouldn’t let one go,” said Todd McClellan.
Saturday’s defeat featured Minnesota’s goal, with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation and 11 seconds in the extended game.
When asked about his words to the team after the match, McClellan was frank: “There was nothing.”
Forwards Gabriel Villadi, Blake Risotte and Andreas Atanasiu scored the Kings goal, and rejuvenated Jeff Carter provided two assists. Jonathan Quick combined thrilling, timely and routine saves, saving 40 out of 44 in total and not getting hurt again behind a busy penalty killing unit.
Defender Matt Dumba, center Joel Eriksson Ek, and veteran defender Ryan Suter found Minnesota’s net in regulation before center Marcus Johansson finished the game during overtime. It was. While winger Jordan Greenway had two helpers, Suter also assisted and chipped in. Cam Talbot also started twice in a row, repelling 30 out of 33 shots.
Saturday night also unfortunately started for Kings, scoring a goal 21 seconds into the match. Damba sent a shot on the net from the sharpest possible angle parallel to the goal line, quick before entering the net, and then bounced off defense Curtis MacDermid.
“We got over the showdown 10 minutes before we left, and they scored our last and first showdown,” McClellan said. “I was very disappointed by many people tonight.”
Kings drew even after he found Austin Wagner in the slot with a deliberate puck move. His shot created a rebound and Bilardi pushed home with less than three minutes remaining in the first period.
The goal was initially abandoned, but was awarded after the video review and the score changed. Forward Adrian Kempe scored a goal for two consecutive games.
“(Bilardi and I) were both there and the puck was on the line,” Kempe said. “We just wanted it to be allowed and it was good.”
Quick made an athletic save later in the period as forward Nick Bonino forged a shot from Johansson’s close range and made a cross-ice pass, and Quick refused across the crease. In the second period, he made another difficult stop. I kicked and saved with my left foot while sliding to the right. The third time, I turned my back on the breakaway, which should have tied Ericsson Erik in three.
Seven minutes after the second period, Kings took the lead in another play that turned the puck into a bouncy ball with a slap shot by Drew Doughty. It touched three players when banking sharply for a goal credited to Lizotte.
In the middle of the middle frame, Atanasiu and Carter made a give-and-go playoff from the rush that culminated in his second Atanasiu rebound goal in many games since joining Kings as a free agent. ..
This led Kings to 3-1 for two consecutive games, entering his second break.
“(Our argument) was about keeping the gas pushing and keeping our feet. When we get into the shell, we ask them to pepper us. “Defense Mikey Anderson said.
The lead proved short-lived at 7:38 during the third period when Wild halved it. The Kings successfully killed the penalty, but pushed the defense onto the ice for a shift that was more than twice the ideal length. Wild invested capital and sent two players to the goal fold in pursuit of the rebound Ericsson Ekson pushed into the net.
Kings accumulated six times on Thursday and then penalized five times on Saturday, for a total of 11 times more than the penalties he received in two games last season. They killed all 11 on paper, but their line changes and play flow suffered significantly in a very short time.
“It’s the same script and the same result as the other night,” McClellan said. “You get penalized, tired teams, individuals don’t ride on the ice, the best players on other teams come into contact and they really start to feel confident.”
The Kings managed to withstand and maintain the strength to defend the lead, but the goalkeeper pulled Wild away with a minute of pressure and then pucked into the attack zone within seconds.
Suter collected the wobbled packs high up in the zone and threw them at the net. So I passed Quick and tied the game in 1.4 seconds on the clock.
In the second half of the regulation, Kings hit the post with a long shot towards the empty net, leaving the Suter and Wild doors open.
Kings’ heartache continued in overtime when winger Kirill Kaprizov found Jonanson in one-time to seal Kings’ fate with 11 seconds remaining in overtime.
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