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Kings still struggling to score

Friday, 12.30.2011 / 1:58 AM / NHL Insider

By Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG – If the Los Angeles Kings could ever get their offense going, they'd be dangerous.

A lack of goals continues to plague the Kings, who managed only two in a two-game sojourn to Chicago and Winnipeg. Back-to-back stout efforts from Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier allowed the Kings to pick up three of four points, but goal-scoring remains a major issue.

Dustin Penner
Left Wing - LAK
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 8
SOG: 48 | +/-: -5
Only the New York Islanders with 80 goals rank below the Kings. L.A. has managed two or fewer goals in 29 of its 38 games this season and is 9-14-6 in those games. Colin Fraser (one goal) Dustin Penner (two goals) and Justin Williams (five goals) all have struggled offensively this season.

Defenseman Jack Johnson and the Kings were happy to get out of Winnipeg with one point in their 1-0 overtime loss to the Jets but lamented a lost point.

“There were plenty of chances,” Johnson said of the Kings’ effort against goaltender Chris Mason, “but at the end of the day, we didn't score. We're a little bit more energized, but we're still having trouble scoring goals."

Anze Kopitar’s 10 goals this season rank him second to Mike Richards in the team lead for goals, and he sees the Kings’ problem as something with a straightforward solution that is not as easy to execute.

“Tonight we were moving the puck,” Kopitar said, “but we just couldn't finish it off. You've got to work hard to create chances and then you have to bear down on it. That's all there is to it."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round