Historic road streak over, Kings take on Rangers

Historic road streak over, Kings take on Rangers

The Los Angeles Kings saw their historic road winning streak end on a breakaway goal by the New York Islanders on Saturday night.The same night, the New York Rangers authored another dud for their fi

The Los Angeles Kings saw their historic road winning streak end on a breakaway goal by the New York Islanders on Saturday night.The same night, the New York Rangers authored another dud for their first losing streak of a strong opening two-plus months.On Sunday night, the Kings will try to begin a new road winning streak while the Rangers will hope to avoid a third straight defeat when the teams convene at Madison Square Garden in New York.Los Angeles was close to starting the season with 12 straight road wins but wound up blowing a two-goal lead. They settled for a point when Cam Talbot allowed Jean-Gabriel Pageau to score on a breakaway 13 seconds into overtime of a 3-2 road loss to the Islanders after conceding a pair of goals to Anders Lee on rebounds.The Kings had scored at least three goals in winning each of their first 11 road games, but only Adrian Kempe and Vladislav Gavrikov scored Saturday in a game in which Los Angeles had 36 shots on goal.Instead of getting the two points, the Kings settled for exceeding the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres by one game for the longest road winning streak to open a season. Los Angeles also is 8-1-1 in its past 10 contests since consecutive home defeats to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers from Nov. 9-11.”We didn’t come in and say we’ve got to get to 12 here after winning 11 in Montreal,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “We just worry about our game. It’s as simple as that. Tomorrow nobody is going to ask me about it, which is fine.”The Rangers will be in a better mood if they can prevent the Kings from getting two points, especially how recent results have looked. The Rangers followed Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Ottawa with a 4-0 setback to Washington on Saturday in their first shutout defeat of the season as New York gave up the first goal 43 seconds into the game.

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