Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Don’t Play Smart Against Phoenix

LOS ANGELES — Drew Doughty scored a highlight-reel goal and Jack Johnson scored a near-highlight-reel goal, but that wasn’t enough against the Phoenix Coyotes, who came storming back with goals late in the third period to tie the game and then Adrian Aucoin scored the shootout game-winner to lead the Coyotes to a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on April 8.

Although the Kings were not guilty of putting in a poor effort, a nagging problem over the last six weeks, once again, they did not play a smart game, especially in the attacking zone.

Poor puck support, bad decisions on dumping the puck into the offensive zone, forcing passes into traffic, and weak neutral zone play on breakouts all contributed to the Kings’ inability to establish a forecheck on most shifts. The result was that they failed to generate sustained pressure in the offensive zone and rarely had the puck long enough to get traffic in front of the Phoenix net, let alone getting the puck there. Read more of this post