LOS ANGELES — Tonight at the Staples Center, the Bruins dropped the second game of their two-stop road trip to the Kings, 2-0.
“I think we need some guys to step up and start scoring some goals for us,” Claude Julien said. “Not just rely on the same people all the time. At one point, you can get away with it for so long. There’s some guys who have been dry for some time now. We need them to step up. If we’re going to win some of these kinds of games, that’s what we need.”
The Kings scored the game’s opening goal in the first period on the power play. Zdeno Chara was sent off for hooking Anze Kopitar at 10:16 of the first. Thirty-four seconds later, the Kings pulled ahead by a goal. Drew Doughty, manning the right point, made a crisp cross-ice pass to Jarret Stoll. The Los Angeles forward fired a one-timer that bounced off traffic. Ryan Smyth, who had stationed in his usual net-front real estate, leaned into Tim Thomas and whacked the rebound past the goalie to give his club a 1-0 lead.
At 3:30 of the third, rookie Andrei Loktionov stretched LA’s advantage to two goals. After Andrew Ference coughed up the puck at the offensive blue line to Kopitar, the Kings’ center went the other way on an odd-man rush. After Thomas stopped Dustin Brown’s shot, Loktionov popped in the rebound.
At 15:20 of the first, Shawn Thornton tried to jolt his teammates by challenging Kyle Clifford. The LA tough guy accepted Thornton’s invitation, and both scrappers chucked heavy bombs before tying each other up.
Last night was the second time the Bruins faced off against the Kings. During their previous meeting, LA scored a 4-3 shootout win at TD Garden on Nov. 20.
“They’re a young team,” Patrice Bergeron said before the game. “They skate hard. They play hard. They’re a great team. I think they have a lot of skill up front. But also their defense, if you look at it, is pretty amazing. It’s going to be a tough battle. They play hard. I watched one of their games, and I feel like in their zone, they get pucks out from in front of their net pretty well. They play hard in the corners. We’re going to need to fight for every inch. We have to be ready for that.”
Mark Stuart was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
16:33 3d period: Kings 2-0
Nothing doing offensively five-on-five. Might be time to pull Tim Thomas early.
13:21 3d period: Kings 2-0
Tim Thomas way out to snuff out Kyle Clifford’s close-range shot. Not getting much help from his teammates.
3:30 3d period: Kings 2-0
Andrei Loktionov pots the short-range goal. Starts with an Andrew Ference giveaway to Anze Kopitar at the offensive blue line.
0:30 3d period: Kings 1-0
Huge stop by Tim Thomas to turn aside a two-on-one rush.
20:00 2d period: Kings 1-0
That’s 40 minutes of easy work for Jonathan Quick. Not many sustained rushes or second looks for the Bruins.
18:23 2d period: Kings 1-0
Nathan Horton dropped to the third line. Michael Ryder with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.
13:56 2d period: Kings 1-0
Jonathan Quick fights through a Nathan Horton screen to smother Patrice Bergeron’s one-timer.
12:11 2d period: Kings 1-0
Dustin Brown drops Steven Kampfer with a shoulder in the corner.
7:35 2d period: Kings 1-0
Tim Thomas way out to stop Wayne Simmonds’s slap shot. Simmonds had just left the penalty box.
6:35 2d period: Kings 1-0
Blake Wheeler replaces Marc Savard on the PP.
5:27 2d period: Kings 1-0
Holding on Wayne Simmonds. First PP for the Bruins.
20:00 1st period: Kings 1-0
Not much heat on Jonathan Quick through 20 minutes.
17:31 1st period: Kings 1-0
Claude Julien doesn’t care for holding the stick call on Blake Wheeler.
15:20 1st period: Kings 1-0
Shawn Thornton vs. Kyle Clifford. Lots of heavy bombs chucked by both scrappers. Good of Clifford to accept Thornton’s invitation.
10:50 1st period: Kings 1-0
Ryan Smyth, in Tim Thomas’s kitchen on the PP, knocks home the rebound of a Jarret Stoll point shot.
10:16 1st period: 0-0
Hooking on Zdeno Chara. First PP of the night.
1:15 1st period: 0-0
On a two-on-one, Nathan Horton shoots the puck into Jonathan Quick’s pad. Of course.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Mark Stuart is the healthy scratch for the second straight game.