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The Key Three: Jan. 19

by Rich Hammond / Los Angeles Kings
Three key aspects of the Kings’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames...


In general, the Kings should have been better against Calgary. Of late, the Flames have been hit hard by injuries and haven’t been very good on the road. That said, the Kings had their chances. The Kings outshot the Flames 32-25. Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner had grade-A scoring chances in overtime. Earlier, Trevor Lewis narrowly missed the corner the net and Andrei Loktionov would have had a scoring chance but didn’t keep his stick on the ice in a scoring position. It’s clear that the Kings aren’t a high-scoring team, which only emphasizes the point that when they get prime scoring chances, they better take advantage.

At this point, it’s getting a bit absurd. How many times this season has Jonathan Quick lost a game -- in regulation or beyond -- and seen his already-outstanding goals-against average drop even more? It happened again Thursday, as Quick stopped 24 of 25 shots and had his average drop from 1.95 to 1.92. This month, Quick has a 3-1-4 record. In the five losses, the Kings have scored a total of seven goals, and four of those goals came in one game. In the eight games overall, not counting the extra goal for a the Kings have scored 14 goals. Once again, Quick allowed one goal, and that was too much for the Kings.

The Flames were certainly in a strong spot to start the second period. They trailed 1-0, and had been mostly outplayed in the first 20 minutes, but they started the second period with a 5-on-3 power play for 42 seconds, and an overall power play for the first 1:58. The good news for the Kings is that they killed both penalties with relative ease. The bad news for the Kings is that, even though they didn’t score, the Flames seemed emboldened and kept pushing. When the Kings took another penalty, a sloppy too-men-men penalty, the Flames capitalized with a game-tying goal, and played solidly for the rest of the game.
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