Two straight games. Two late goals given up, leading to two losses. All en route to seven straight losses. Disaster struck for the Kings in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.
The Kings are on the NHL’s worst losing streak, and to make matters worse for them, the two teams trailing them in the Pacific Divison (the Edmonton Oilers and Seattle Kraken) are on nine and eight-game winning streaks. They are still ahead of both of them by three points but risk falling behind if they can not right the ship soon.
Trevor Moore opened the game’s scoring against the Panthers after picking up a loose puck and putting it away.
The Panthers equalized. However, the Kings went ahead again when Drew Doughty fired a shot from far out to score, making the score 2-1.
The Panthers tied the game again, though, late in the third period. In overtime, they scored a winner with less than a second remaining. The Kings have lost four of their last seven games in overtime or shootout.
Cam Talbot made his 27th start of the season. He made a few clutch saves against the Panthers in the loss. Overall, he stopped 36 shots.
Next, the Kings play the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday with a chance to continue building momentum.