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March 22, 2011 4:40 pm

Still in search of some power

Special teams continues to be a mixed bag for the Kings. They have not allowed a power-play goal in 10 consecutive games — and have moved up to second in the NHL in penalty-kill efficiency — which is outstanding, but they have also failed to score a power-play goal in four consecutive games and went 0-for-6 with the man advantage. It’s worth noting that Calgary’s high-pressure penalty kill usually causes the Kings problems — the Kings are 3-for-31 on the power play in the past two seasons against Calgary — but the Kings have ranked in the bottom half of the league in power-play efficiency for most of this season, so Terry Murray didn’t shy away from the topic of the unit’s continued struggles.

MURRAY: “It should be (talked about). It’s an important part of the game. It’s a critical part of the game, but you know what? The power play we had last night was, to me, the best power play we’ve had all year, and we didn’t score on it. It was outstanding. The puck movement, the recovery, the shot mentality was something that will give you success. We need to build on that. It was tremendous.”

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