LOS ANGELES -- Dustin Penner tossed his black hockey bag to the side in a huff and looked as if he just finished a 90-second shift. The Los Angeles Kings forward turned to a group of reporters and cameras and summed up the difference in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday.
"Turnovers in the neutral zone at both our blue line and their blue line," Penner said. "Untimely goals against. [We] kill off a couple of big penalties and then give up a 2-on-1 because of a bad change."
Penner rudely dismissed another question about how well Chicago skated and, when asked about the level of frustration, said, "I think you got the point."
It was that kind of night Thursday for Penner and the Kings: Winded from chasing the puck and keeping it out of their end, and frustrated over trailing 3-1 in the best-of-7 series.
Sloppiness and ill-timed line changes cost the Kings two goals. The Blackhawks' game-winner came off a neutral-zone turnover as L.A. changed and defenseman Drew Doughty was left to try to thwart a 2-on-1 finished by a rocket one-time blast from Marian Hossa that made it 3-2 1:10 into the third period.