Slow starts gnawing at Kings in series against Oilers

Slow starts gnawing at Kings in series against Oilers

The Los Angeles Kings can look back at their first two playoff games seeing news both good and bad.On the positive side, the Kings earned a split on the road as they prepare to host Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Also on the plus side of the ledger is the fact the Kings erased two-goal deficits in both outings.On the negative, though, the Kings twice have trailed 2-0 by the end of the first period before mounting comebacks, even in Wednesday’s 4-2 Oilers victory that has the best-of-seven series tied 1-1.”It’s a poor recipe for taking a swing at this team, falling behind,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “When you’re ahead, you have a much better chance of checking and not taking as much risk as you have to to come back. Obviously, the start … wasn’t where it needed to be. Again, a resilient group worked its way back in. The frustrating thing for me is that there were some things that we needed to do early in the game and we didn’t decide to do them until the second and third periods.”Los Angeles certainly showed its moxie by erasing a third-period deficit in the opener en route to a stunning 4-3 overtime win. The Kings definitely got a boost in confidence from drawing even with a strong second period in the last outing.It should also aid their confidence that they took over home-ice advantage, with three of the next four games slated for Southern California, despite not yet being at their best for a full contest.”We had momentum in the second and third (periods). … We didn’t panic, but we definitely need a better start,” forward Phillip Danault said. “I thought the character was there again and we came back again.”The Oilers headed south also knowing full well they have not been at the top of their game.


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