Mar 16, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (1) blocks a shot against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at the Honda Center. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Defense Falls Apart as Kings Lose in Anaheim

Game 7: Kings Lose 7-4, fall to 2-3-2

ANAHEIM – The Los Angeles Kings got off to their worst start of the season allowing two goals in the first six minutes of the game, resulting in Jonathan Quick getting pulled from a game for the time since December 2011 when he was yanked in Detroit. Jonathan Berniercame in to see his first action of the season and fared little better as the Kings see their four-game point-streak come to an end. This was the first of four meetings between the Kings and Ducks and it was Anaheim who was the better team on this night as Anaheim’s Nick Bonninoscored the first two goals of the game and added a third period goal for his first-career hat-trick.

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The Kings do deserve credit, though. After falling behind 2-0, they persevered as captain Dustin Brown scored a power play goal to put the Kings on the board following by Jarret Stoll tying the game just 34 seconds later. The Ducks would regain the lead before the first period came to a close but the Kings tied it again just 1:15 into the second thanks to another goal by Dustin Brown, again on the man-advantage.

After defenseman Sheldon Souray regained the Anaheim lead, Justin Williams made a nice individual effort to tie the game once again for his first of the season. But just two minutes later, Kyle Palmieri scored for the Ducks and that proved to be the game-winner as the Ducks won 7-4, winning two games in as many nights.

While their power play was the most productive it’s been this season in addition to their overall offense, the Kings had a terrible night defensively including on the penalty-kill where they uncharacteristically allowed three goals.

While Jonathan Quick had a shaky start, Jonathan Bernier provided little relief allowing four goals on 21 shots. In Bernier’s defense, however, this was his first appearance this season and minus a preseason, it wouldn’t be fair to blame the entire loss on him.

The Kings may have looked much better offensively but with regards to the other aspects of their game, they arguably had their worst night of the young season. As tough as a loss like this is, though, there’s no reason to get too down. The Kings are off for the next few days before traveling to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.

Hopefully the few days of rest will do Quick and company some good and the Kings can get back on the winning track.

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