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Kings not worried about PK issues

Monday, 01.23.2012 / 4:01 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Kings not worried about PK issues
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Kings killed 40 straight penalties from Dec. 17 to Jan. 14 but have allowed a power-play goal in each of the past six games.

"Sometimes that's the way it goes," captain Dustin Brown said. "Our attitude is, I think, the main reason our PK is successful. I don't know if we've had the exact same attitude the last few games. Sometimes you get scored on, power plays make good plays. But there's been some breakdowns – the Colorado goals late in the game was just a breakdown on our part. It's not like they made a great play. We've got to tighten it up a bit."

Coach Darryl Sutter, though, isn't concerned. There's been no change in the group's structure and often their best penalty killers have been the ones serving the penalties.

There's also an element of luck. The streak ended on a play in which Calgary's Jarome Iginla scored because Trevor Lewis didn't have a stick to break up a pass.

"When you are so good for so long, that means you're good," Sutter said. "We're still in the top four or five in the League. We've got caught with broken sticks a little bit. We've got caught with not clearing pucks a little bit. We've got caught more with (the fact that) there is a hockey god. We've taken two bad change penalties that have cost us goals-against. We have taken retaliation penalties, which has cost us goals-against. That's probably where it is."
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