Game 30: Kings Lose 2-0, fall to 17-11-2
LOS ANGELES – After turning away 40 shots on Tuesday night, the shoe was on the other foot on Thursday as the Los Angeles Kings fired 40 shots on Dallas‘ Kari Lehtonen. The Finnish netminder, however, turned away every one of them as he earned his first shutout of the season defeating the silver-and-black by a score of 2-0 handing the Kings just the third home loss of the year.
There was no scoring for the first two periods but fans were able to witness some great goaltending on both ends. While he wasn’t as busy as his counterpart, Jonathan Quick certainly brought his A-game making 19 saves, calmly keeping his team in it despite not being able to muster anything on the other end of the ice.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the deadlock was broken early in the third as Jaromir Jagr banked a shot off the skate of Drew Doughty and into the back of the net for the future Hall-of-Famer‘s 12th. Then, just over halfway through the third, it was Dallas’ other senior statesman who supplied the insurance as soon-to-be 41-year-old Ray Whitney finished of a great-looking give-and-go to put the Stars by a pair. That was all the scoring in this one and the Kings’ three-game winning streaks comes to end.
In terms of pointing the finger, no one can be blamed for the loss. In fact, the biggest factor was hands-down Kari Lehtonen who turned away 12 shots in the first, saved all 18 in the second and an extra 10 in the third. Considering he had just played (and lost) the previous night in Denver, the fact that Lehtonen was so lights out is pretty remarkable.
In terms of the first goal, it was an unlucky break that the puck banked off Doughty’s skate but the defenseman certainly can’t be faulted for that.
With the loss, the Kings now fall to 0-2-0 against their division rivals from Texas this season and hope to bounce back Saturday night as they close out their homestand against the always-entertaining Vancouver Canucks.