- Season openers have brought along trouble for the Kings in recent years, especially those at home – where the Kings have now dropped six of their last seven introductions to regular season hockey at STAPLES Center.
It was the Sharks who ruined the Kings’ season-opening festivities last season, winning 4-0, putting a drubbing on the organization’s raising of their second Stanley Cup championship banner.
One day short of a calendar year later, San Jose struck for an opening night victory again in Los Angeles in their 5-1 win.
“We were pretty sloppy,” Dustin Brown told Jon Rosen following the game. “Sloppy on our rushes, sloppy in our D-zone. That’s probably most of it, but the other part is compete – in the corners and making hard plays coming out of our zone, going in. We didn’t play very well.”
The Kings scored on their first shot of the season when Nick Shore tipped a Dustin Brown shot past former King Martin Jones just 1:49 into the contest. Shore’s goal was the second-fastest in history to be scored by a King in a season-opening contest.
From then on out, it was the Sharks’ game – they rattled off five unanswered goals while working with eight power plays, outshooting the Kings 32-20.
Martin Jones, in his first game with his new club, stopped all 19 shots the Kings directed his way after getting beat on the first puck he faced. Jones, his teammates, rebounded candidly.
“I’ve been scored on before,” Jones said following the game. “Obviously it’s not the way you want to start a game, but we showed a lot of character as a group, not letting that spiral, we could’ve easily done that, but I thought we did a great job coming back from that.”
The Kings will continue their six-game home stand, the longest to start a season since the 1993-’94 campaign, when they host the Arizona Coyotes Friday night.