Game 14 (6-5-3)
SAN JOSE - The Los Angeles Kings started out tonight's game on such a high. Not only were the more disciplined but the underachieving Dustin Penner started to show signs of life by leading his team in shots with three after twenty, which included a breakaway. Then, it all fell apart.
The KIngs did open the scoring in the second and it was on the power play. Jack Johnson took a smooth feed from Drew Doughty at the blueline to blast the shot past Niemi. Johnson and Doughty finally looked in sync and it paid off.
Minutes later, however, Joe Thornton got San Jose on the board with a soft goal past Quick. From then on, the Kings were fazed. Less than a minute later, Patrick Marrleau tipped in a Dan Boyle point shot to give the Sharks the lead. A few minutes later, it was Boyle on the power play scoring his first of the season. From there, the rest was, as they say, history.
On the plus-side, the Kings were 4-for-5 on the penalty-kill and 1-for-4 on the man-advantage. The special teams is usually one bright spot the Kings can take in a loss and tonight's no exception.
Quick played well despite that first goal, Doughty's looking better as he assisted on both goals and Kopitar continues to produce with a goal and an assist.
It's a tough loss but the Kings have no time to wallow in self-pity as they're back home tomorrow night to host the Nashville Predators.
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