LA Kings: The three best players in Week Two

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It was an up and down week for the LA Kings. Who were their best players?

The LA Kings started their season with two heartbreaking overtime losses to temporary division rival the Minnesota Wild. Despite losing the games, the Kings still came away with two points, which are worth their weight in gold in this shortened season.

The schedule then allowed for two days without a game before the Colorado Avalanche paid a visit to the Staples Center for two games. The Avalanche are considered a heavy favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season and would surely provide a strong test for the Kings’ ability to bounce back.

Coach Todd McLellan and his team were hoping for a fast start to this season, and suddenly the Kings found themselves in a precarious position, and losing both games to Colorado would put them in an early-season hole.

In the first game, the Avalanche looked every bit the potential champion they’re considered to be. They built a 3-0 lead through the first two periods. The Kings, however, refused to quit and clawed back into the game, scoring two goals before ultimately falling 3-2 in regulation. Even in defeat, the team still showed it could answer adversity; positive steps were being taken.

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In the second game on Thursday night, the LA Kings would not be denied. Even though they would wind up being down 2-0 at the end of the first period, the Kings played with much more tempo. In the second and third periods, they controlled play for the most part, resulting in four goals scored and a 4-2 victory – the team’s first win of the season.

Saturday and Sunday would see the LA Kings embark on their first road trip of the season, and it kicked off with two games in St. Louis. The Kings came in the Enterprise Center with renewed confidence after winning their first game of the season, but this time the pendulum swung to defeat for the team. The 4-2 score would indicate it was a close game, but in reality, the Kings played their worst game of the season.

Saturday night was bad for the LA Kings, but Sunday night was spectacular for the club. Shaking off the bad vibes from the defeat 24 hours prior, the Kings were dominant most of the game – save a 48 second stretch in the third period when they gave up two goals. The 6-3 win leaves the Kings with 6 points and in fifth place in the NHL Honda West division. Who were their best players this week?