So much for that new look power play talked about here yesterday. The Kings went 0-6 with the man-advantage in last night’s 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Amze Kopitar returned to the line-up in Denver, but didn’t register a single shot in the game and uncharacteristically won less than half of the faceoffs he took – finishing the night with a 41% success rate.
Defenseman Drew Doughty talked about coming out hard for the first 10 minutes of the game. The Kings gave him 30 extra, but that still wasn’t enough. Up 1-0 after 40 minutes, they lost for the first time since 2009 when entering the third period leading the game.
Team shots on goal were fairly even, with the Avs holding a 31-29 edge. However, Colorado had a significant advantage in blocked shots, posting 24 to LA’s total of just eight. Clearly the Kings were missing Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene in that department. Mitchell led all of his teammates last year with 139 blocked shots and Greene was third with 112.
Now for some video highlights and post-game comments…
Goal by Kyle Clifford:
Saves by Jonathan Quick:
Post-game thoughts from Jarret Stoll:
For post-game thoughts from the Avs’ PA Parenteau, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene, click here.
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