Los Angeles Kings

Kings still finding their game under Desjardins

The Willie Desjardins era is now at 1-1 as the Kings saw their longest winning streak of the season, two games, ended by the Minnesota Wild, losing 4-1.

LA scored the first goal of the game, but could not answer back after the Wild went up 2-1 in the 14 minutes into the second period.

For now, the Kings are still in last place in the Western Conference but are sitting just six points out of a playoff spot. Fortunately, the club is playing better, but they can’t continue to drop points so easily.

Here are the highlights of the game.

Best Moment

The best moment of the night had nothing to do with goals, hits, or skates. In light of the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA the Kings immediately responded.

Before the puck was dropped, the organization held a moment of silence for the lost in the tragedy.

A 50/50 raffle was dedicated to the victims with half the winning proceeds going to them. The players also promised to match the winning total as well.

Team president Luc Robitaille summed it up best:

“It isn’t enough for every sports organization to just do a moment of silence,” said Robitaille. “We need to do more. As an organization, we want to make a difference to try to stop the violence.”

Key of the game

With 1:54 left in the game and still down 2-1 the Kings had a power play opportunity to tie things up. The Wild never really looked challenged as the Kings only took one shot.

When Kings goalie Jack Campbell was pulled for an extra attacker the players immediately lost control of the puck. Eventually, they also gave up the empty net goal, which sealed the win for Minnesota.

Their has been some improvement in Kings power play, having gone from dead last to 23rd in the NHL rankings these last couple of weeks. However, when the Kings go 0-3 with the man advantage like they did Thursday night, it is easy to see why they are a last place team.

The Kings have two games left in their seven game home stand, if they win out then they will have gone 5-2. That sort of success can help this team start to turn the season around.

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