April 1, 2012 8:30 am

The Key Three: March 31

The beauty of last night’s game was in the eyes of the beholder. Did the Kings earn a point, at the end of a tough back-to-back set, or lose a point? Did they impressively rally from a ragged first period, or uncharacteristically give up a third-period lead? Did they did an excellent job of killing a third-period double minor, or did they miss a huge opportunity with an overtime power play? The answer, of course, is: all of the above.

Faced with their toughest road swing of the season — with the possible exception of the two season-opening “home’’ games in Europe — the Kings earned one point with the shootout loss and stayed in first place in the Pacific Division (via tiebreaker) with three games remaining in the regular season. Will this game be remembered as the one that brought one tough point, one point that helped push the Kings into the playoffs? Or will it be remembered as the game in which the Kings failed to put away the Western Conference’s 13th-place team, and lost a change at more separation in the division-title race? We’ll find out in less than a week. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: March 31

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