Kings’ struggles continue after giving up late game-winner

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The Los Angeles Kings remain third in the Pacific Division at 20-10-6.

WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Kings fell to the Washington Capitals Sunday 4-3, extending their losing streak to five games.

The Kings put themselves in a favorable position with 41 shots, compared to the Capitals’ 34. They took advantage of power plays, scoring two goals and holding the Caps scoreless on power play situations. But Kings head coach Todd McLellan got outcoached.

After a scoreless first period for both teams, the Kings took a 2-1 lead late into the middle frame.

Capitals head coach ​​Spencer Carbery adjusted by changing the line, which proved successful as Dylan Strome quickly tied the game 2-2.

The Kings retook the lead as Kevin Fiala scored one minute into the third frame, but they failed to capitalize. The Caps scored unanswered goals, including a game-winner from John Carlson with 53 seconds remaining in regulation.

Where the Kings fell short was failing to dominate each line put on the ice by Carbery, as the Capitals’ fourth line took advantage of a weak Kings team. Nicolas Aube-Kubel had one goal and two assists, Nic Dowd recorded a goal and an assist and Beck Malenstyn contributed an assist.

The Caps had four scorers, while the Kings only managed to get Fiala and Adrian Kempe in the scoring column.

The Kings will look to get back on track and snap a five-game losing streak as they face a struggling Lightning team Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Amalie Arena.