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Kings Flop On the Ice to Visiting Stars

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The Kings are starting to get into a lot of trouble. The inability to sustain any sort of intensity and discipline killed the Kings in their 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

“We didn’t have any enthusiasm, any energy,” captain Dustin Brown said. “It’s disappointing coming after a day off.”

The Kings seemed to look all right in the first period when they held the Stars to seven shots on goal. Michal Handzus got a power play goal to put the Kings up 1-0 15:52 in the first period.

But then the penalties started getting called. Wayne Simmonds got called for tripping with 47 seconds left in the first, and Sean O’Donnell got called for interference with 18 seconds left. The Kings would stave off the Stars for the rest of the period, but once the second period started it was too late. Brenden Morrow scored on the 5-on-3 advantage 17 seconds into the second period to tie the game.

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While the Kings have killed 44 of their last 48 penalties, they only killed three of seven penalties assessed tonight. In addition the Kings could only convert one of seven power plays getting only eight shots on goal.

“Our special teams were no good tonight,” head coach Terry Murray said. “Penalty killing was no good. The power play was no good. We don’t score on the opportunities, and that’s it.”