The Los Angeles Kings battled hard on Jan. 10 at the STAPLES Center, but came away with a difficult 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The Kings were able to outshoot the Senators 34-27, but could not get the necessary breaks on this night. Here are the three best Kings plays of the game.
At 3:47 of the second period, Kyle Clifford opened the scoring by tipping in a shot from the point by Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin. For Clifford, it was his seventh goal of the season and 50th of his career. In a remarkable statistic, even though Clifford has seven goals this season, he only has eight points. Clifford's lone assist came in a 2-1 Kings win over the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 27.
2) Great scoring chances from Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar.
Seven minutes into the game, Kings forward Jeff Carter went on the breakaway while the Kings were shorthanded and created a great scoring chance. He was able to beat Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson, but hit the post. Then with just over 10 minutes left in the game, Kings captain Anze Kopitar showcased exemplary stickhandling skills from center ice to the net. He was stopped by Nilsson on his initial chance, but instantly got the rebound. Kopitar then stickhandled the puck behind the net, and created another scoring chance, but could not get the puck to the net.
3) Great saves by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Throughout the evening, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made three exemplary saves. The first was a tough glove save off a shot by Senators defenseman Dylan DeMelo and the other two were immediate back-to-back saves from shots by Senators forward Bobby Ryan, who was generating chances in close.