Thursday, March 17, 2011
Kings: Doctor's note might be required after this effort
By Dan Arritt
LOS ANGELES — Someone forgot to tell the Kings that St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a national holiday.
They were supposed to show up to work Thursday night against the visiting St. Louis Blues but might have been better off calling in sick after producing one of the most dismal performances in recent memory in a 4-0 loss at Staples Center.
After getting outshot, 30-6, through two periods, the Kings were on pace to break a 13-year-old franchise record for fewest shots on goal in a game (12). They finished with a season-low 17 shots on goal compared to 38 for St. Louis.
After giving up the second goal with 6.9 seconds remaining in the second period on a near 90-degree angle shot from Matt D’Agostini, goalie Jonathan Quick allowed two more bad goals in the third period.
Alex Pietrangelo scored the first on a shot from just past the red line. T.J. Oshie made it 4-0 when he flicked in a backhand from the left face-off circle while encircled by three Kings.
To make matters worse, Kings rookie forward Kyle Clifford left the game late in the first period after getting knocked on his back with a stiff right from Ryan Reaves. He did not return from what the club said was an upper-body injury.
Los Angeles finished 0-4 this season against the Blues, who lost the night before in Anaheim and are playing for pride at this point. They were outscored, 15-6, in the four games and have lost seven straight to the Blues overall. The best possible news is Los Angeles is still in fifth in the Western Conference heading into a showdown Saturday night against the visiting Ducks.
We'll find out what the Kings have to say in the locker room.