The Kings arrived in Buffalo with the leagues best penalty kill unit and intentions to end their two game losing streak, neither of which would factor into the final score. Buffalo’ Thomas Vanek and Tim Connolly would each score on the power play to extend the Kings losing streak to 3. Buffalo scored the games only two power play goals in a game that saw 46 combined penalty minutes including four fighting majors.
Vanek’s goal came off a penalty from an untimely penalty for elbowing by Jack Johnson with 5:06 left in the second period and with a 2-1 Kings lead.
Special teams became the story of the night as the Sabres’ 26th ranking power play scored twice and turned away the Kings on all five of their power play opportunities. The Kings lack of efficiency on both sides of the puck took a toll on rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier. He stopped 22 of 26 shots and picked up his fourth lose of the season.
“It was a tough night,” Bernier said. “When they’re tipping pucks like that and they score, then you try not to open up and there are rebounds. They did a great job on the power play.”