Kings practice is scheduled for 10am in El Segundo
Los Angeles won five of the six meetings last season. The Freeway Faceoff series features only four meetings in this lockout-shortened season, but the first was a beauty filled with big hits, chippy play, aggressive offense and power-play proficiency from both teams.
Thousands of jersey-wearing Los Angeles fans made the short trip down the I-5 freeway, filling the arena with Kings chants from the opening faceoff. But Bonino filled the Kings’ net with goals, scoring 2 1/2 minutes in and doing it again a few minutes later when he somehow looped a backward shot underneath Quick’s pads and stick while falling face-first on the ice facing the wrong way.
Captain Dustin Brown scored two power-play goals for the Kings, who struggled in their first game at Honda Center as the defending Stanley Cup champions. Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams also scored, but the Kings never led while dropping to 2-3-2.
Although the Kings’ next game isn’t until Tuesday in Columbus, Sutter swiftly pulled his Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie for the first time all season. Bernier, the former first-round pick who apparently made a trade request in the offseason, had watched Los Angeles’ first six games from the bench.
Although Los Angeles’ power play has been the NHL’s worst, Brown easily scored the Kings’ third man-advantage goal of the season later in the period. Stoll evened it 34 seconds later.
NOTES: With two power-play goals, Brown caught and passed NHL scoring king Wayne Gretzky for seventh place in Kings history. Brown has 63 man-advantage goals in 602 games. Gretzky had 62 in 539 games with Los Angeles. … The Kings hadn’t scored a road power-play goal this season, going 0 for 18.
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“I think we should use this game as a wake up call. We got our asses kicked. We’ve got to use that as motivation now to be better.”
“I don’t think we come into any game thinking we’re going to have a 7-4 outcome, one way or another. It’s not really how we play the game. But like I said, we weren’t hard enough in the key areas of the ice.”
“I think we gave up three power play goals tonight. That’s been a staple of our game and probably an indication of mistakes we were making. Giving up that many power play goals for this team is uncharacteristic. I think how play on our PK generally correlates pretty well for how we play five on five.”
“48-game schedule, every game is key, I guess. We’ve got to keep pace. We’re going into some tough buildings to play against. It starts with Columbus, and they’re playing pretty good hockey. We know what to expect from Jack. There’s been a big shake up in Columbus with the Nash deal over the summer or whatever happened. They’ll have a different look to their team, so, like I said, we’ve got to focus on that game.”
“We’ve let ourselves down and shot ourselves in the foot by poor defensive play. Right at the start of the game – for whatever reason we’ve been having tough times starting games – we’ve been getting behind early and trying to battle back. Once we do get back, we seem to just relax a little bit. We’re a much better team than we’re showing, and it’s extremely disappointing at this point to see where we are.”
“I think we came back multiple times, and in turn, we didn’t kill a penalty. They came back, scored power play goals on us, and that’s extremely deflating. It’s upsetting that we’re where we’re at right now, and we have to push forward. We have a big road trip coming up, and as everyone is saying, every point is important. We have to a little bit more of a job and be more desperate to get them.”
Quotes courtesy of LAKingsInsider.com
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