Game 2 (0-2-0):
DENVER – They got off to a great start but once the third period got under way, everything fell apart for the Los Angeles Kings. Thanks to an early goal by Kyle Clifford, the Kings were able to hold onto a 1-0 lead through the first forty minutes – but that’s when the momentum changed.
After out-shooting the Avalanche 12-5 in the opening period, the Kings gradually let the home team get back into the game. Despite being without their two top penalty-killers, the Kings were alert on the back end as they helped out Jonathan Quick when he needed it, frustrating the Avs in the process. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it last.
Exactly one minute into the third period, the Avs were attacking when captain Gabriel Landeskog took advantage of a Colorado bounce and scored past an out-of-position Quick to tie the game. Then, 1:35 later with Los Angeles’ Dustin Penner in the box, David Jones turned around and fired a perfect top-corner shot over the Kings’ netminder to give the Avs their first lead of the night and for good measure, P.A. Parenteau gave Colorado some insurance a few minutes later off another bounce.
After losing all four meetings against them last season, Los Angeles picked up where they left off – on the wrong foot against the Avs.
The Kings had the wind knocked out of their sails late tonight and despite a sound effort from their lone goal-scorer, the aforementioned Clifford, Los Angeles’ offensive attack was virtually non-existent. What’s worse was their power play. After going 0-for-5 on Saturday against Chicago, the Kings did one worse tonight going 0-for-7. Among other areas, something needs to be done in the man-advantage department should the Kings hope to get on the winning track.
The Kings are off tomorrow but back to work on Thursday night as they travel to Edmonton to take on an Oilers squad looking to avenge their loss tonight against San Jose. The action starts at 6:30pm PST (9:30pm EST).