The Los Angeles Kings were unable to get past the Pittsburgh Penguins falling 4-1 on Thursday at STAPLES Center.
The offense of the Kings continued to struggle, as they were unable to score more than one goal, despite outshooting them 31-22. They only took advantage of one man advantage and they couldn’t kill all of their penalties. But in coach Darryl Sutter’s mind the goaltending was not on point either as he switched goalies after the first period.
The first period was a plethora of goals as the Penguins scored three goals, two of which were power play goal. The one and only goal from the Kings came at 9:32, a power play goal from Anze Kopitar assisted by Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov.
Jonathan Quick did not return as the goaltender in the second period as coach Darryl Sutter sent in Martin Jones instead. There was only one goal scored in the second and it was the fourth goal for the Penguins, a backhand shot Jones was not set up to save.
With 66 points (30-20-6) the Kings are now in third place in the Pacific Division, sixth in the Western Conference, and ninth in the League.
The Kings take on the Philadelphia Flyer next on Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at STAPLES Center.
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