Two goals 42 seconds apart from each other in the first period doomed the Kings. The offense was downright ugly, and Erik Ersberg was awful in goal. A one-timer goal which cut the lead to 3-1 by Peter Harrold was the only Kings goal of the game, despite numerous chances. There were some positives from the game, Brown had a fairly good game and Quick did a good job in relief of Ersberg, making an excellent save after leaving net when the puck took a funny hop off the glass to a Lightning player, and then diving back to the goal with a stick save. Regardless, I thought this would be a good rebound victory for the Kings and it turned out to be one of the ugliest performances of the year against one of the worst teams in the league.
The "showdown" between Stamkos and Doughty didn't exactly live up to the hype, as Doughty left the game early with an injury (although Stamkos did have 1 assist).
One observation from the game: Martin St. Louis is an absolute manimal, this guy is dangerous with the puck.
Midseason review and player grades tommorow.