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Kings: Jonathan Quick gets the hook in 4-1 loss

February, 22, 2012
Los Angeles KingsRon Chenoy/US PresswireKings goalie Jonathan Quick was pulled after one period when he gave up three goals to Colorado.
Colorado Avalanche 4, Kings 1

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: A perplexing season continued its latest turn for the worse Wednesday night. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, one of the few bright spots during the first three-quarters of this season, picked up where he left off the night before in a 5-4 shootout loss in Phoenix, giving up three first-period goals before he was lifted in the loss at Pepsi Center in Denver.

THE STAT: Quick has given up seven goals in his last three periods and two more in Tuesday's shootout against the Coyotes. Before this two-game trip, he had a 1.86 goals-against average and had not allowed more than two goals in his previous eight starts.

TURNING POINT: About seven minutes into the first period, the Avs had numbers on the forecheck and used it to their advantage, taking possession before separating into open space in the offensive zone. David Jones fed the puck from along the boards to Mark Olver in the left faceoff circle and he picked out the top left corner with a nice shot over Quick’s right shoulder for a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later, Kings winger Kyle Clifford passed the puck to the wrong team behind his own net. Paul Stastny took possession and scored on a wraparound for a 2-0 lead. With the Kings averaging a league-low 2.07 goals coming in, that seemed to be enough.

HOT: In a matter of four games, the seat for general manager Dean Lombardi has warmed up a few dozen degrees. The Kings lost back-to-back 1-0 games at Staples Center last week, blew a 3-0 lead against the Coyotes last night and never showed up against Colorado. If this listing ship doesn’t right itself in a hurry, Lombardi won’t get another chance to fix things in the offseason. This is the team he spent the last five years building, and when they were expected to take a big step forward this season, they’ve taken two back. Unbelievably, the Kings still hold onto eighth place in the Western Conference. His next move before Monday’s trade deadline could determine his fate with the franchise.

NOT: The lack of production for Kings forward Trevor Lewis is often excused because he’s such a solid defender, especially on the penalty kill. He wasn’t good on either end of the ice against Colorado, finishing a season-high minus-3 while failing to contribute a point for the 10th consecutive game. Brad Richardson, another forward who hasn't scored this month, was also minus-3.

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Kings: Quick lets one slip away in 2-1 loss to Blues

January, 18, 2011
St. Louis Blues 2, Kings 1

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: The Kings lost for the ninth time in their last 11 games, allowing the go-ahead goal to the Blues with 6 minutes 47 seconds remaining at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

THE STAT: The Kings went 0-for-4 on the power play with only five shots on goal. They’ve not scored a goal in their last 13 man-advantage situations, covering the last five games.

TURNING POINT: Erik Johnson took a seemingly harmless wrist shot from the top of the right face-off with 6 minutes remaining in the third period. The puck seemed to hit goalie Jonathan Quick in the mid-section, but somehow made its way through his legs and trickled past the goal line for a 2-1 lead. After starting the season 10-1, Quick has now lost six of his last seven starts and possibly his No. 1 role.

HOT: The seat of Kings coach Terry Murray after another frustrating loss to a Western Conference opponent, dropping his team to 12th in the standings.

NOT: Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo must be the unluckiest guy in St. Louis. He returned against the Kings after missing the last two games after getting hit in the face with a puck. Lo and behold, he got hit in the face again when he poked the puck away from Drew Doughty and it came up in his face. He skated off with a towel soaking up the blood and did not return. Kings forward Brad Richardson was also cut above his upper lip after colliding with the stick of St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak.

GOOD MOVE: Kings defenseman Matt Greene had one of his better overall games this season, blocking six shots, recording four hits and assisting on the lone goal, scored by rookie Kyle Clifford. Greene was originally credited with his first goal in the last 61 games, but it was later awarded to Clifford on a deflection.

BAD MOVE: Doughty took an obvious retaliatory slashing penalty with 15 seconds remaining in the second period. The Kings managed to kill the penalty, but with the score tied, 1-1, it was a bad time for Doughty’s emotions to get the best of him.

NOTABLE: The Kings are now 0-3 against St. Louis, and a combined 0-9 against the Blues, the Coyotes and Blackhawks, all of whom lead the Kings in the conference standings.

UP NEXT: vs. Phoenix, Thursday at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.