LA Kings Defenseman Drew Doughty
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LOS ANGELES — After an embarrassing 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings
in front of a sell-out crowd of 19,230 fans at Staples Center
on Thursday night, one has to wonder if the team unity and strength of character that the Los Angeles Kings
have become so well known for since they won the Stanley Cup in 2012 has begun to fray.
Indeed, the frustration and tension seemed palpable as soon as the game ended.
As soon as the final horn sounded, Kings players skated to goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, as they usually do with whomever is in goal. But Zatkoff, who had been victimized by blatant turnovers and blown coverages by Kings skaters on all four Detroit goals, appeared to want to have nothing to do with that. In fact, he skated straight to the bench—quicker than usual—and into the dressing room, appearing to completely ignore his teammates.
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