Kings fall short against Canucks in overtime, 2-1

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The Kings failed to come up with a score when it mattered and gave up the dagger in overtime.

LOS ANGELES — After taking down the Canucks in their previous matchup on February 29, the Kings looked to once again take care of business against Vancouver. They certainly started the game off right as Trevor Moore opened the scoring with his 24th goal of the season. Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead into the second, but it was short-lived as Elias Pettersson scored his 30th of the season for the Canucks to tie things at 1-1. In an intense third period, neither squad was able to find the net. With the Kings headed to their 15th overtime game of the season, J.T. Miller was eventually able to deliver the game-winner for Vancouver to give them a 2-1 victory. It was a game in which the Los Angeles offense fell flat during crunch time, and now the season series between the two division rivals is even.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Los Angeles offense stalls out early

With Trevor Moore getting the Kings on the board fairly early into Tuesday night’s contest, it seemed as if the game would be much more eventful for Los Angeles.

The team’s leading scorer struck once again in an attempt to set the tone for his team as they tried to get off to a hot start. Unfortunately, things quickly started going in the opposite direction. Vancouver would even the score in the second period without any form of retaliation from Los Angeles, who was beginning to get outplayed on both ends of the ice. Things did not get any better for the attack in the third, as once again the squad failed to come through in the clutch as the game headed into overtime. With one last chance to find the net and end a scoring drought that had already lasted 2 whole periods, Vancouver finally broke through to end the game. For the Kings, it was a miserable final 40-plus minutes of play as they scrambled to try and keep the momentum on their side. Fortunately, they avoided losing a full two points in the loss and sprung into third place in the Pacific Division.

Overtime continues to be a weak spot for the Kings

So far this season, overtime has generally been bad news for Los Angeles. Heading into Tuesday night’s contest, they were a disappointing 4-10 in games that reached the overtime session. The trend unfortunately continued against Vancouver as J.T. Miller was able to come through for the Canucks within the first couple minutes of the period.

Now 4-11 on the season in overtime, the Kings need to look themselves in the mirror and figure out what goes wrong for them in these clutch minutes. Vancouver, who was 5-7 in overtime prior to the game, managed to grab their 40th win on the season as well as their 87th point. They remain comfortably in first over the Oilers, with the Kings and Golden Knights doing their best to bring up the rear and make some noise. If Los Angeles can figure out how to reverse their overtime luck before the end of the season, they will do themselves a major favor and stop missing out on some key points that they can definitely use.

Demko outduels Talbot in low-scoring battle

With only 3 combined goals in Tuesday’s game, much of the pressure was put on goalies Cam Talbot and Thatcher Demko to do some heavy lifting. It was an impressive showing for both men throughout the regulation periods as both allowed just one score and geared up for an extra five minutes that would ultimately decide the fate of the game. Unfortunately for the Kings, Cam Talbot was the one who failed to keep up and surrendered the game-ender. He finished the game with 29 saves on 31 shots as his record fell to 18-14-6 this season. As for Demko, his 23/24 performance earned him his league-leading 32nd win this season. He’s been a big part of the success for Vancouver this season, and he was able to outlast Talbot in a battle between two goalies looking to keep their recent momentum going. Los Angeles will now have to hit the drawing board as they prepare for a nice bounce back and a strong performance throughout the rest of their homestand.

Next up is a battle against the Ottawa Senators as they come to town on Thursday evening. Ottawa has struggled so far this season and currently sits in last place in the Atlantic Division with 53 total points. Los Angeles will have a big opportunity to quickly end their losing streak and get back to over .500 on their homestand.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. PT.