Los Angeles Hockey: Evander Kane

Kings: Missed opportunites result in 1-0 loss to Jets

December, 29, 2011
12/29/11
9:25
PM PT
Winnipeg Jets 1, Kings 0 (OT)

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: After missing several golden opportunities to take an early lead, the Kings lost in overtime at MTS Centre in Winnipeg when Evander Kane scored the winner after the Kings were unable to clear a bouncing puck in front of the net.

THE STAT: The Kings were 0-for-5 on the power play, including a 5-on-3 midway through the second period that lasted 1 minute 52 seconds.

TURNING POINT: Kane, the Jets’ leading goal scorer with 18, brought the puck down the left side and took a shot at the net. Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier made the save but couldn’t control the rebound. Neither could defensemen Jack Johnson and Willie Mitchell, and Kane got the puck back and scored 1:09 into the extra period.

HOT: Bernier stopped 26 of 27 shots and probably deserved to earn a shutout in regulation, but the Kings failed to support him once again. They have scored 14 goals in eight starts for Bernier this season.

NOT: Kings special teams coach Jamie Kompon was on the hot seat long before Darryl Sutter was hired as coach last week. Sutter didn’t exactly give Kompon a stamp of approval in his first news conference in L.A. either. Now that the Kings have fallen even further down the charts in power-play efficiency, it might be time to bring in someone with a new perspective. Early on this season, the Kings were one of the most efficient teams in the NHL with a 23.5 percent success rate on the power play. They came into Thursday’s game 25th at 14.6 percent.

GOOD MOVE: Bernier made the save of the day in the second period when Winnipeg forward Alex Burmistrov could not reach a stretch pass. The puck continued off the end boards behind the Kings goal and then caromed straight back into the slot, where Burmistrov had a prime scoring chance. Bernier played the shot perfectly, however, and turned the Jets away.

BAD MOVE: Though the puck hadn’t settled after Bernier made the save before the winning goal, Johnson and Mitchell should have gotten a blade on the rubber and cleared it from in front of the net. The duo also combined for three minor penalties and three giveaways.

NOTABLE: The Kings have earned points in six consecutive games, including all five under Sutter, who is now 3-0-2 with the Kings. ... The Kings were playing their first game in Winnipeg since 1996. ... Drew Doughty’s point streak ended at six games, while Anze Kopitar’s goal-less streak reached 17.

UP NEXT: Saturday vs. the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center, 7 p.m.

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