The Key Three: March 24

It’s safe to assume the Kings probably weren’t going to end the season with a 14-game winning streak. A loss, at some point, was inevitable, and coming off wins over Nashville, San Jose and St. Louis, the Kings won’t hang their heads too much over a loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, especially given how they started well and then battled back to nearly tie the game in the third period. The timing of the loss, though, wasn’t great. Not only did the Kings lose their loose grip on first place in the Pacific Division — and fall to eighth place in the Western Conference — they also missed an opportunity to take some enormous momentum north of the border. The Kings could have gone 7-0 on their recent Southern California run and, essentially, clinch a playoff spot by playing .500 hockey the rest of the way. Now, Monday’s game at Vancouver — always tough — looks a little tougher.

The Kings, after a massive scoring burst, have fallen a bit back into their “can’t finish’’ routine over the last two games, although give a nod to Tim Thomas for contributing to that. Facing Vancouver and Calgary probably won’t be the panacea for that. The Kings certainly had their chances to get a lead on the Bruins last night, and had to come away feeling as though they had missed a bit of an opportunity. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: March 24

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