Kings: This is really starting to smell
December, 30, 2010
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- They might need a bigger trash can.
Kings coach Terry Murray talked about throwing Wednesday night’s one-sided loss at Phoenix in the scrap heap, but the Kings came up with another stinker Thursday night in a 7-4 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center.
The final score after two nights: Kings’ opponents, 13, Kings 7.
“It’s mental and execution,” said Kings defenseman Matt Greene, one of the few players who stuck around to speak to the media after the game. “We’ve got to play the game, think the game and right now we’re not doing either one on defense.”
The back-to-back results probably wouldn’t be so shocking if the defense hadn't been playing so well before Wednesday night.
The unit had allowed just seven goals in the previous six games and had three shutouts this month alone. Jonathan Quick came into Wednesday’s game with the second-best goals-against average in the NHL and left midway through the second period Wednesday after allowing six goals.
Jonathan Bernier filled in nicely for Quick during the second half of the game against the Coyotes, but was defenseless in front of the barrage from Philadelphia.
“That’s the way the league is,” Murray said. “There’s lots of heavy play around the net. He’s a young guy and he’s going to have to learn to deal with it.”
Probably the best news is the Kings will have seven consecutive home games to regroup and plenty of practice time in between. Murray said he planned to get back to the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, something the Kings have been unable to do recently because of the Christmas break, followed by a stretch of four games in five nights that ended Thursday.
“Out of this whole thing, that’s probably the light at the end of the tunnel for me,” he said. “We have practice time. We have about two weeks of being around here and playing some games, but what’s important is getting on the ice and practicing and reviewing and going through the fundamentals of the game.”