Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Kings: Defense takes another detour in 4-1 loss
By Dan Arritt
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings dropped their fifth game in the last six Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens, looking lost and defenseless in the 4-1 defeat at Bell Centre.
THE STAT: The Kings have allowed 25 goals in the last six games, a main reason why they’ve lost their grip as the top team in the Western Conference and Pacific Division.
TURNING POINT: Alec Martinez scored his first NHL goal for the Kings on a power play 1 minute 57 seconds into the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1. Unfortunately, the Canadiens scored 79 seconds later to take back the two-goal lead and they never looked back.
HOT: The seat of the Kings’ defensive corps if they don’t figure out how to clear lose pucks from in front of their own net.
NOT: Kings back-up goalie Jonathan Bernier couldn't have had more incentive to play well. Playing just a half-hour away from his home town and with dozens of friends and relatives in attendance, he continued his shaky play, however, allowing four goals on 33 shots. Bernier fell to 2-5 on the season and his goals-against average rose to 3.28.
GOOD MOVE: Calling up Martinez to bolster the power play paid early dividends. A day after he drove four hours from the team’s AHL headquarters in Manchester, N.H., the 23-year-old defenseman scored on his first shot.
BAD MOVE: Kings coach Terry Murray continues to start Bernier more than he deserves. Murray's goal is to keep No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick fresh for later in the season, but at this rate the Kings could be eliminated from the playoffs by February.
NOTABLE: The Kings haven't won in Montreal since 1999.
UP NEXT: vs. the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night at Staples Center.