After ugly loss, Kings look to bounce back vs. Stars

After ugly loss, Kings look to bounce back vs. Stars

After getting their five-game winning streak snapped with an ugly 7-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings will begin a four-game trip Wednesday night with a key matchup in Dallas against the Stars.The Kings (65 points) are second in the Pacific Division and are among more than a dozen Western Conference teams still battling for eight playoff spots.Dallas begins Tuesday’s action in the second wild-card position with 61 points, the same number of points as Edmonton and two more than Anaheim.So Wednesday’s contest could be a four-point swing in the playoff race for the two teams.The Kings know they need to flush their Monday night performance and move forward.”We’re upset,” winger Alex Iafallo said after the Kings’ worst loss in 12 years. “That’s a loss that we don’t want, to lose that big. We’re going to have to look ourselves in the mirror and learn from our mistakes. It was a good run, so at the same time we have to stay positive, but we have to come back tomorrow and be ready to rock and roll.”The last time the Kings lost a game by seven goals was on Nov. 13, 2009, when the Atlanta Thrashers beat them 7-0.”These losses, we have to learn from them quick,” Iafallo said. “We’re (upset). That’s a huge loss, and we’ve got to bounce back, stay positive and learn from our mistakes.”Kings assistant coach Trent Yawney, who was behind the bench for the third straight game because head coach Todd McLellan is in COVID-19 protocol, agreed.

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