LOS ANGELES, CA – Not again.
The Kings’ struggles in the scoring department continued tonight, as they failed to record a single goal – getting shutout by Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche in a 1-0 OT loss.
The Kings controlled the pace of the game during most of the first period, outshooting the Avalanche 7-5 through the first 20 minutes, but Colorado regrouped and managed to take the upper-hand in most statistical categories from then on out.
Colorado outshot the Kings 33-19 in 62:32 minutes of action tonight. The Kings had trouble getting pucks through to Varlamov much of the night, as Colorado blocked an astounding 15 Kings shots.
Few opportunities arose offensively for the Kings, and they were unable to execute on every single one of their four power play chances.
Ben Scrivens was outstanding in the crease, once again. Scrivens made 32 saves, and didn’t surrender a goal until Colorado’s 33rd shot, 2:32 into overtime.
Jamie McGinn weaseled his way behind Kings defensemen and one-timed a pass directed his way from John Mitchell. McGinn’s shot hit Scrivens, bounced in front of the crease, then banked off of the shoulder of a diving Jake Muzzin and into an open net.
If anyone was going to score tonight, it was going to come in such a scrappy fashion as Colorado’s game-winner came tonight.
Scrivens is 4-0-2 in his last six starts with a more than solid 1.15 GAA a .955 SV% and two shutouts. He’s allowed just two goals in his last 340:04 in the crease with a magnificent 0.88 GAA and .966 SV%.
The defense was sound again tonight, killing off all of Colorado’s three power play situations. The Kings have killed 19 of 20 penalties since November 14, and 26 of 28 penalties since November 7.
The Kings did extend their point streak tonight, now going nine straight games with at least one point attained. They are 6-0-3 during the current streak, and have outscored their opponents 21-11.
This point streak is tied for fifth-longest in franchise history. The Kings had 11-game point streaks during both the 1973-’74 and 2010-’11 seasons.
Their 15-6-3 start, which is good for 33 points is tied for fifth-best start in franchise history after 24 games. The Kings currently sit at 7th-place in the Western Conference.