April 8, 2012 8:30 am

The Key Three: April 7

First, a happy Easter to those who celebrate, and a happy recently-completed Passover to many of you as well. As for the Kings, well, it’s fair to say there’s now officially an issue with holding third-period leads. From April 3, 2009, until March 30, 2012, in 92 games the Kings took a lead into the third period. They had an 86-0-6 record in those games. Now, three times in the last four games, the Kings have taken a lead into the third period, and they are 0-0-3 in those games. If the Kings had held those three leads, they would be the Pacific Division champions this morning and would be preparing to host sixth-seeded Chicago. Instead, the Kings must start on the road, as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, against the Vancouver Canucks, who won the President’s Trophy. Can the Kings reset? Can they stop taking penalties at inopportune times? Can Jonathan Quick get his mojo back? The Kings finished the regular season by recording at least one point in their final six games, but it certainly didn’t feel that way. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 3-2 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: April 7

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