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And the bad times continue. In their first matchup with the Los Angeles Kings since Connor McDavid mercilessly obliterated Vegas Golden Knights captain Shea Weber’s hip nearly a month ago, the Knights let this one get away from them. 

 

Despite holding the Kings to just eleven shots through the first two periods (to their seventeen), the Knights allowed the Kings to storm back with less than five minutes in the final frame of a tied game, and left T-Mobile Arena with their heads hanging lower than a (certain someone’s) seventy-five year old scrotum. 

 

In a tied game (one that the Knights led), giving up four goals with less than five minutes to go is amateur, and all fingers should be pointed at the cornerstone of the Knights’ offence, Jack Hughes. Hughes has just one goal in his last ten games, and a mere five on the season, even though he’s been given every opportunity to succeed. 

 

The Knights scored first, when Brett Ritchie banged home a rebound on a Jack Cambell save. The goals extended Ritchie’s point streak to five games, over which time he’s amassed two goals, three assists, and twenty (!!) hits. The move to the third line, and being reunited with Leo Komorov has unleashed the six-foot-four-inch forward’s offensive capabilities. He’s now halfway to equalling his career-high in goals (eighteen), and still has plenty of time to set a new personal best.  

 

McDavid was generously awarded the game’s third star, for not injuring anyone this time out, while the Knights’ second pairing of P.K. Subban and Justin Faulk got torched one the ice, as each were minus-three. 

 

The Knights have one more game on their current homestand - Tuesday night’s tilt against the Avalanche, before leaving to battle it out with the Kings in L.A. on Sunday. Wish them luck. 

 

GAME NOTES: 

-Martin Jones has struggled in almost all of his appearances this season. Most of the goals he has surrendered have come in the latter half of periods. 

-Victor Rask continues to generate offence for the Knights, with three goals and sixteen shots in his last four games.