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Kings Still Can't Get Past Habs

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In front of a sold out Staples Center crowd of 18,118, the Kings did not take advantage of scoring opportunities in their 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Kings head coach Terry Murray wants more from his team as they make a push to their first playoff berth since the 2001-2002 season.

“We played fine but we were just playing the game,” Murray said. “And you can’t just play the game right now. You’ve got to play with an attitude.”

The same sloppy puck handling in their zone that has crept up in the two games since the Olympic break reared its ugly head early in the game. A turnover after a faceoff in the neutral zone cost the Kings 22 seconds into the game when Canadiens rightwinger Brian Gionta wristed the puck past goalie Jonathan Quick.

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“The start clearly wasn’t good,” forward Anze Kopitar said.

Kopitar hit it dead on as the Canadiens outshot the Kings 8-1 in the first five minutes of the game.