Knights look to turn things around, end skid vs. Kings

Knights look to turn things around, end skid vs. Kings

The reigning Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak on Thursday night when they face the Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas.The Golden Knights, who opene

The reigning Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak on Thursday night when they face the Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas.The Golden Knights, who opened the season with an impressive 12-game point streak (11-0-1), have lost five of their last six games, all in regulation. Vegas has dropped four consecutive games in regulation for the first time since March 2022.Defensive struggles are a big reason for the current slump. The Golden Knights allowed 25 goals in their five recent losses, and they gave up four goals over a nine-minute stretch in the first period of an eventual 5-2 road loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.”I just think we were not ready to play, myself included,” Vegas defenseman Alec Martinez said. “Too many breakdowns. Not good enough gaps. We just gave them too many offensive opportunities, but credit to them, they buried them.”Martinez and Mark Stone scored second-period goals to cut Anaheim’s lead to 4-2, but Brett Leason scored his second goal of the game near the end of the frame to silence the comeback.”We’ve got to figure this out as a team,” Martinez said. “You look at the last four, five, six games giving up four-plus goals. That’s not what we do. It’s lack of attention to detail. We’re not playing a team game. I think we’ve been disconnected. I think we’ve got to play more together as five and support each other all over the ice.”Logan Thompson, an All-Star in 2022-23, gave up five goals on just 26 shots at Anaheim, including a couple of soft goals. Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy pointed the finger at his goalies to play better.”We need them to get back to their form, and we need to play cleaner in front of them,” Cassidy said. “I don’t want this to turn into a (dump)-all-over-the-goalies postgame, but we do need to fix that part of our game and we need to fix our play in front of them. … You need saves. That’s where we’re at right now.”

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