Game 76 (37-27-12)
VANCOUVER – Despite outshooting their opposition 38-25, the Los Angeles Kings could not muster any offense as they fell 1-0 to the Canucks in VanCity. With the loss, the Kings see their season series with the Canucks finished at an even 2-2.
Just 3:05 into the game, Manny Malhotra’s 7th of the year got things started. After that, it was a goaltending duel as both Jonathan Quick and Roberto Luongo played admirably. Unfortunately for Quick, he got the short end of the stick which explains why he was 4-6-1 against the Canucks in his last 11 despite boasting a 1.88 goals-against average.
After winning six straight, the Kings have now lost two in a row and thanks to the results of other games last night, the Kings now sit one point out of 8th, tied with Colorado and just one point ahead of the Calgary Flames, who they will meet tomorrow night in Cowtown.
Although Roberto Luongo deserves a good deal of credit for the shutout, the end result showed us that old habits die hard for the Kings as they showcased a weak shot mentality – which has been a recurring theme all season long for the silver and black.
Justin Williams and Dustin Brown each led the way with six shots apiece. After a discouraging loss, it’s tough to find some solace but there is enough in the aforementioned playing well in recent weeks after struggling most of the season.
It was a tough loss but the Kings will have to put it behind them quickly as they continue their road trip. At this stage, every point is crucial and as for how they played in Vancouver, it’s time to forget about it. What’s done is done and all the Kings can do is win and they’ll be back on track.
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