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LAst Night's Action: Kings Stink It Up Against Blackhawks

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With white plastic clapping noisemakers given to the sold out Staples Center crowd of 18,118, the Kings mustered all of nothing in their 3-0 shutout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

It’s actually really difficult trying to come up with a reason for this kind of effort. The Kings hadn’t played since Sunday. The Blackhawks were down yet another defenseman after their Wednesday night game at Anaheim. The Blackhawks were using their backup goalie Antti Niemi with Cristobal Huet out with the flu. And let’s not forget: the Blackhawks played the night before.

“It wasn’t that we looked bad,” head Coach Terry Murray said trying to explain the loss. “I thought they looked very good.”

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So says the coach whose team was outshot 37-17 on goal. In fact the Kings were outshot 55-26 by the Blackhawks.

The Kings looked good in the first period when they successfully killed a four-minute power play on a Justin Williams double-minor high stick penalty. They allowed only three shots on goal during the penalty, and the Kings defense did a good job of absorbing the shots for Quick.

But everything changed in the second period when the Blackhawks woke up and hogged the puck while the Kings looked like hockey’s equivalent to the Washington Generals in a 20-minute long game of Keep Away. The Kings could not get the puck out of their zone at all. It was so bad Blackhawks goalie Niemi could have stayed on the bench the whole period sipping on margaritas.