The Kings kicked off their week with a visit to the White House, where President Barack Obama honored their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, along with the LA Galaxy, who brought home the MLS Championship. The Kings stayed in Washington D.C. and battled the Capitals Tuesday night, then traveled to Florida for a pair of games against the Panthers (Thursday) and the Lightning (Saturday). On Sunday, the Kings flew to Columbus, Ohio, where they finish their five-game road trip Monday night. AT FLORIDA (3-2 L) :
AT WASHINGTON (4-0 L): A day after being recognized by the President, the Kings struggled in a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. The Kings, although matching the Capitals’ 27-shot total, were unable to generate any offense, getting shut out by Braden Holtby. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in the loss and Kyle Clifford highlighted the Kings’ lethargic performance, laying eight hits.
The Kings came out with a much better effort Thursday against the Panthers at the BB&T Center, but lost 3-2 when Florida’s Brandon Pirri scored the go-ahead goal with just over three minutes left to play in regulation. Jamie McBain scored the Kings’ first goal, notching his 100th career NHL point. Marian Gaborik gave the Kings a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but the Kings were unable to maintain it as the Panthers responded with two goals to secure a 3-2 win. The Kings outshot Florida 21-20; Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in the loss. AT TAMPA BAY (4-2 W) :
The Kings finally picked up a win on their road trip Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena after dropping the first three games. The Kings went on an early rally, scoring three goals in the first period, but the Lightning inched their way back with a goal late in the second, and another early in the third. Justin Williams provided much-needed insurance, scoring his second goal of the game with 12:14 to play in regulation to give the Kings a 4-2 lead. Williams’ second goal was the 100th as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.