The Los Angeles Kings continue to find new lows this season. Thursday’s night game against the Dallas Stars was Dodgers Night, it was raucous crowd that even got to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Despite the festive mood it was more of the same for the Kings:losing.
The Kings lost in overtime by a score of 4-3, extending their losing streak to 10 games (0-6-2), their longest of the season. In what has been a theme all season, the club blew a 2-0 lead, 3-2 lead, and then lost late in the 3-on-3 overtime period.
There were positive signs, however. This team was coming off a shellacking by the Carolina Hurricanes earlier in the week. They could have easily laid down, playing out the string for another game. But instead, they took the initiative by scoring early, regaining a lost lead. And, really, they could have won the game overtime but the Kings could not over come their mistakes.
Highlight of the Game
This one is personal. After going to a million games, your writer finally made the kiss cam with my wife.
— Jamaal Gonzalez-Artis (@KingsPapa1015) March 1, 2019
Highlight of the Game
Jonathan Quick once again did something that most people can not even wrap their head around:
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 1, 2019
The Kings probably should have lost the game in regulation multiple times if it were not for the play of Quick. Thanks to 29 saves from the net minder, the Kings survived regulation. And thanks to Kings mistakes and turnovers, Quick faced some difficult shots throughout and kept the team in the game.
After a trade deadline where he was subject of trade rumors and his teams terrible play, Quick has been a good soldier trying his best to be the Jonathan Quick we’re all used to.
Player of the Game
A year after being a finalist for the Hart Trophy as league MVP, Kopitar has carried the burden of captaining the worst Kings team in a decade. His numbers have suffered because of that leadership role. Going into the game Kopitar was mired in a eight game goal-less streak.
Kopitar had a hand in every goal, scoring twice and assisting on the other. Despite his personal success, the captain still expressed frustration with the teams play:
“I feel like some of the goals that the other teams score are clear cut off mistakes. We have to eliminate those and keep working hard.”
He summed up the Kings perfectly. They make mistakes goals follow unfortunately for him (and us) the hard work is not paying off.
The Kings will look to end their losing streak on Saturday when they take on the surging Chicago Blackhawks.