Opening Day Proved Too Much For The Kings Who Couldn’t Capitalize On The Excitement Generated From Pregame Festivities
By Paul Armbruster | KingsNewsDaily.com
It was bound to happen. After months of anticipation and buildup of the first ever banner-raising at Staples Center, the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings came out flat against a sharp and focused Chicago Blackhawks. Goals from top players Kane, Hossa (2), Frolik and Captain Toews, gave the Hawks a convincing 5-2 win. The Kings goals came from two unlikely sources, Rob Scuderi and Jordan Nolan. It was the play of Kyle Clifford, though, that stood out most. He led the team in hits (7) and points (2 assists).
However, Kings Captain Dustin Brown refused to blame the pregame ceremony for the Kings loss saying, “People will try to blame the pregame ceremony on why we lost. But they played a better game. They outworked us.” He did admit his timing with center Mike Richards was off but that he thought they played well together overall.
Defenseman Rob Scuderi was a little more critical of his team’s effort, “Chicago made short, simple plays. We tried making long plays you shouldn’t even try in the middle of the season. We gave two points away to the pack. Those will be tough to get back in a 48 game season.”
Jonathan Quick, who gave up 5 goals, said he felt like the saw the puck “just fine” throughout the game. Coach Darryl Sutter disagreed saying, (Quick) “Didn’t have a good game,” but added, “don’t get too philosophical.” Sutter did praise the play of Drew Doughty, Rob Scuderi and the 4th line (Clifford/Fraser/Nolan) but when asked what the team needed to work on prior to their game against Colorado on Tuesday he said, “Probably everything.” However, he can’t think his team’s effort was that bad as the Kings are NOT scheduled to practice tomorrow.
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