LA Kings forward Jeff Carter (left), shown here after scoring a power play goal during his team’s 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in playoff action on Thursday, May 10, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings
filed into their dressing room after their 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks
in Game 3 of their second round playoff matchup on May 8, they knew exactly why they lost.
Sloppy puck management in their own zone led to turnovers, and wide gaps on breakouts, which led to poor passing, and eventually, great difficulty in generating a forecheck and quality scoring chances.
Kings center Mike Richards indicated that indeed, poor puck management created a cascade of other problems.
That brings to mind the old children’s song, ’Dem Dry Bones.
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