Monday, November 7, 2011
Kings lose fifth straight game, 4-2
By Dan Arritt
Drew Doughty and the Kings couldn't find their game against the Sharks in a loss Monday.
San Jose Sharks 4, Kings 2
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The San Jose Sharks scored four consecutive goals in a span of just under 15 minutes during the second half of Monday night's game at HP Pavilion in San Jose, more than enough to send the reeling Kings to their fifth consecutive loss.
THE STAT: The Kings were held under three goals for the fifth straight game and have two goals or fewer in 10 of 14 games this season.
TURNING POINT: After the Kings took a 1-0 lead on a 5-on-3 goal by Jack Johnson early in the second period, the Sharks exploded for three goals in a 5 minute 23 second-span of the same period. Joe Thornton faked a wraparound, reversed direction and banked a shot off Kings goalie Jonathan Quick from below the icing line. Less than a minute later, Patrick Marleau redirected a shot from Dan Boyle between Quick’s legs, and Boyle then made it 3-1 with a 5-on-3 goal of his own.
HOT: The Kings had one of their better first periods of the season, out-shooting San Jose, 14-7, but they had nothing to show for it ... Up against the 29th-ranked penalty kill unit in the league, the Kings scored both of their goals on the power play, one area of improvement thus far this season ... Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, giving him eight points in the last six games.
NOT: In his five starts since establishing a franchise record with three consecutive shutouts, Quick has been off his mark, giving up 18 goals in six games with a save percentage of just .900 (162-180) ... Johnson scored a goal but was also minus-3 for the game, along with his defense partner, Rob Scuderi.
GOOD MOVE: Kings coach Terry Murray moved Dustin Penner from the third to the second line to give him more scoring opportunities and the switch paid off early, as Penner had three good scoring chances in the opening period but couldn’t convert. Unfortunately, he didn't get another shot on net the rest of the game.
BAD MOVE: With the Kings leading, 1-0, left wing Kyle Clifford was whistled for tripping in his offensive zone. The Sharks didn’t score during the ensuing power play but still had possession when the penalty ended and Thornton scored 14 seconds later to tie the score, 1-1. The soft goal may have bothered Quick because he gave up two more goals before the period ended.
NOTABLE: Dustin Brown played in his 200th consecutive game for the Kings, the longest streak of any current team member ... Boyle came into the game with the most shots on goal by any player in the NHL without scoring a goal. That streak did not continue.
UP NEXT: Tuesday vs. the Nashville Predators at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.