Kings bemoan another lousy second-period showing
EL SEGUNDO — Winning two of three games against fellow Pacific Division teams on the road should make any coach or player happy. But when the loss comes from a poor performance against a disliked team on the final leg of the trip, it can leave a sour taste in the mouths of many.
The Kings took 4-3 and 5-0 victories over Vancouver and Edmonton, respectively, into Thursday’s game at Calgary. The Kings led 2-0 after one period. Then, similarly to a 3-2 overtime loss to Vegas on Dec. 28 at Staples Center, the Kings fell apart in the second period. By the time it was over, the Kings trailed 4-2 on their way to a 4-3 loss.
Longtime Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on Friday spoke in peeved tones about the setback, which he intimated put a damper on what should have been a terrific three games away from home.
“I guess that’s the one positive way you can look at it,” he said of getting four out of a possible six points. “But for the most part, I think you’re only as good as your last game. And we had a big division game against a team that we don’t like very much and a team that doesn’t like us very much; it’s becoming a pretty big rivalry.
“We wanted that game more than anything, and it was a big disappointment that we didn’t get it. So, yeah, it’s good that we got four out of six, but we really should have gotten six out of six.”
Doughty wasn’t sure what to think about the recent second-period failings.
“I don’t know what the exact reason is that we don’t do better in the second period,” said Doughty, whose team hosts Nashville (23-11-6, 52 points) on Saturday night at Staples Center.
He admitted it is a concern.