The Kings coughed up a lead in the third period for the first time this season. They led the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 going into the third period Monday night at Staples Center, but gave up two goals en route to a 4-3 loss. Goaltender Jonathan Quick wasn’t sharp at the start or the finish and blamed himself for the defeat.
“I thought they were desperate the whole game,” Quick said. “That’s the time of year it is. Everybody’s playing desperate. I thought we played well enough. I don’t think I played well enough. You give up four goals, you’re going to lose games. I’ve got to be better.”
Asked what he viewed as the game’s turning point, Quick said, “Four goals against.”
Kings coach Darryl Sutter defended Quick, who made 23 saves.
“Quite honest, the score should have been quite higher both ways, if you look at mistakes that were made and the big saves the goalies had to make,” Sutter said, referring to Quick and Mike Smith of the Coyotes.