The 2022-23 version of Kings hockey continues to be consistently inconsistent.
“They had 20 guys who were willing to play their plan; we didn’t have enough willing to play ours,” said LA coach Todd McLellan after his team’s 4-1 loss in Vancouver on Friday night.
As for what specially went wrong vs. the Canucks, it was a mix of poor team defense, minimal physical push back when the other team wanted to play rough, and a lackluster first period. Credit should also be given to Vancouver goaltender, Thatcher Demko, who was solid between the pipes.
For an LA team looking to make the playoffs, these are the type of games they have to find ways to win. Which is probably something that has already been said at least a handful of times over the first 20 games this season.
Below are select highlights from the game:
Additional Post-Game Notes:
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— With his secondary assist on Blake Lizotte’s goal, Alex Edler tied Niklas Kronwall for the seventh most points (432) by a Swedish-born defenseman in NHL history.
— Forward Arthur Kaliyev became the eighth member of the 2019 NHL Draft class to play in 100 career NHL games.
— The Canucks extend their point streak against the Kings to 11 contests (9-0-2 dating to Nov. 24, 2018); their longest active run versus one franchise.
— Brock Boeser began the night with an 11-game scoreless drought, and the Kings were just the slump buster he needed. After his two-goal performance, Boeser now has 12 goals in 13 career games vs. the Kings.
— With two assists, defenseman Quinn Hughes tied Gary Suter for the most multi-assist games by a U.S.-born defenseman prior to age 24, trailing only Phil Housley (52) and Brian Leetch (50).
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