Kings lose sixth straight, fall to Lightning, 3-2

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The Los Angeles Kings' slide continues as they lose their straight game to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Despite being so close, the Los Angeles Kings failed to snap the losing streak, losing to the Lightning 3-2.

The Kings opened the game’s scoring in the second period when Jordan Spence slipped the puck to Phillip Danault in between a crowd of players. Then, Danault put the puck in the back of the net. The goal was his eighth of the season and his first since early Dec. of 2023. 

The Kings doubled their lead shortly after when Matt Roy found the upper left corner of the net as he skated to the right to find an angle. 

The Lightning nearly got one back moments later, but Anthony Cirelli’s stick was under Talbot’s pads, interfering with Talbot. Todd McLellan challenged the original ruling of a good goal to get the call overturned.

However, they finally scored with a little over seven minutes left in the third period after the Kings turned the puck over. Then, they added another a few minutes later to tie the game. Finally, in overtime, the Lightning piled in their third to hand the Kings their sixth straight loss.  

The Kings struggled on the power play for most of their five straight losses entering Tuesday. On Sunday, against the Washington Capitals, they were better on it, scoring on two of three tries. However, they still lost. On Tuesday against the Lightning, they went up two goals without the help of the power play but blew the lead, losing in overtime, 3-2. 

The Kings had one chance on the power play and failed to convert on it. Similarly, they prevented the Lightning from scoring on two power-play attempts. 

Goaltender Cam Talbot started his 26th game between the posts on Tuesday. The all-star selection was solid for most of the game but allowed three late goals on an overall 29 shots. 

Next, the Kings play the Florida Panthers on Thursday with another opportunity to right the ship.