Game 29 (13-12-4)
LOS ANGELES - It's turning into the same, old story as the Kings have now gone eight games without scoring more than two goals and, in the process, lose their fourth-straight game with their last two being against unproven goaltenders.
In the opening period, Los Angeles just could not stay out of the box and it ultimately cost them as Jamie Benn's sixth of the year put Dallas out in front. The Kings got two more penalties in the second but Brad Richardson made up for that but scoring shorthanded to tie the game up. Richardson stripped the puck and went in on a breakaway to cash in in just his first game back from being a healthy scratch.
The momentum, however, was short-lived as Trevor Daley regained the Stars' lead less than three minutes later. Daley's second proved to be the game-winner and after losing the first two meetings, Dallas has won their most recent two.
A trend I noticed thus far is that no matter how many games the Kings have lost, I have rarely blamed the goaltenders and not at all lately. Tonight was no exception as Jonathan Bernier was strong, stopping 26 of 28 shots. So, despite the loss, Bernier looked good.
Los Angeles now hopes to end their four-game skid as they travel east for a four-game road swing. Their first stop: Tuesday night against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins. Although the Kings have won their last six meetings with the B's, I can't be as confident this time around.
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