The Kings skated purposefully Saturday afternoon against the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. That part was easy enough. Accomplishing something meaningful was another story as they tried to put an end to what became a lengthy scoreless streak.
The Canucks blanked the Kings for 60 minutes after the Dallas Stars did the same to them Thursday night. The Kings outshot the Canucks, just as they did against the Stars. They couldn’t score, however, and fell with a whimper rather than a bang 1-0.
The Kings’ last goal was by Jarret Stoll at 13:46 of the third period of their victory Tuesday over the Phoenix Coyotes. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 40 shots in Dallas’ victory Thursday. Cory Schneider made 20 saves in Saturday’s victory for Vancouver.
Mason Raymond slipped behind Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin and beat Jonathan Quick with a quick shot between his legs to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. It was the only thing separating the teams in what ended as a fairly even opening 20 minutes.
Quick denied Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard on a point-blank try late in the second period, sticking out his left leg at just the right moment to keep the Kings within a goal heading into the third. The Canucks had only three shots in net in the second, with Ballard’s their best chance.
Saturday’s game marked the end of the Kings’ five-game homestand. They won their first three before losing Thursday to the Dallas Stars, which ended their five-game home winning streak. They depart Sunday for a five-game trip that begins Monday against league-leading Chicago.
Home has been good to the Kings, who went to Saturday with a 12-3-1 mark at Staples Center. They are only 5-8-1 on the road, however.