LOS ANGELES—Not even Dustin Penner could have saved the Kings from this belly flop.
On the most gratifying day of the season, the Kings equalled their most one-sided loss, allowing seven straight goals in a 7-4 loss Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings at Staples Center.
The day began with the announcement that right wing Justin Williams had signed a four-year contract extension, then grew even brighter when word arrived in the final hour before the trade deadline that Penner had been dealt to Los Angeles from the Edmonton Oilers.
Penner is just what the Kings need, a top-line left wing that can play alongside Anze Kopitar. However, he won’t be available until at least Thursday against visiting Phoenix.
So, the Kings seemed to be in stand-by mode for much of the game against Detroit—either that or they were up all night wondering if they were on the trading block.
The Kings grabbed a 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the game, but then surrendered half a dozen goals on 24 shots, chasing starting goalkeeper Jonathan Quick. Two goals came on the power play and another was short-handed.
More to come from the locker room.