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The Los Angeles Kings dropped their second game in a row last night, falling 2-1 in overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks.
It wasn’t an overly eventful opening period, with few high-daner chances exchanged. The Kings outshot Chicago by a 9-5 margin but neither team was able to get on the board, as the period ended scoreless.
The Kings had some chances in the second frame but it was Chicago who struck first over halfway through the period, with Jason Dickinson redirecting a shot past Jonathan Quick to open the scoring. However, Los Angeles was able to even the game only a few minutes later, with Arthur Kaliyev taking a stretch pass and getting in behind a defender for an odd-man rush, then dishing the puck to Blake Lizotte who evened the game. As a result, the teams went to the intermission tied once again.
Los Angeles then went on to outshoot Chicago 11-5 in the third period, getting most of the quality opportunities. There were some good chances around the net but the Kings couldn’t capitalize and as a result, the game continued to overtime.
In the extra frame though, Kevin Fiala mishandled the puck in front of his own net and the Blackhawks took advantage, with Jake McCabe finding Jonathan Toews, who tapped in the overtime winner.
Despite another loss, this wasn’t a bad game for the Kings. They outshot Chicago by a sizeable 33-19 margin and had their chances.
The positive to draw from the loss was that Los Angeles played a lot better defensively. Though they were still making some careless mistakes in their own end, we saw far fewer odd-man rush chances given up and the Kings actually did a good job limiting opportunities for the Blackhawks overall.
While the Kings couldn’t convert on their chances to get the win, it’s not like a lack of scoring has been the issue this year for Los Angeles. Despite coming up short, it was still a generally decent game overall.
Los Angeles will be back in action tomorrow, as they begin a four-game homestand against the Florida Panthers. Sitting at .500 right now, it'll be key for the Kings to pick up some points and start building momentum.
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