Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning falls to Kings

LOS ANGELES — For those looking for a silver lining in the Lightning's dreary 5-2 loss to the Kings Tuesday night at the Staples Center, there is this:

Valtteri Filppula's second-period, power-play goal was his ninth, tying his output in 41 games last season for the Red Wings.

Victor Hedman also scored early in the third period when his shot from the blue line deflected in off a Los Angeles player. His second point of the game gave him 100 in his career.

But by then, the game was pretty much decided.

It was a rough night for Tampa Bay (14-7-0), which lost consecutive games for the first time this season and was outshot 31-21, including 11-2 in the second period.

It gave up two power-play goals and one shorthanded. Not quite the way Marty St. Louis expected his 1,000th career game to go.

Tampa Bay, which fell out of first place in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division, was sloppy. And though goaltender Ben Bishop was the victim of several deflections, he also was not at his best, and his second-period giveaway led to the shorthanded goal, Tampa Bay's league-worst fourth of the season.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead with 5:02 left in the first when Anze Kopitar, trailing the rush, took a drop pass from Drew Doughty and scored with a high wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.

It was 2-0 with 3:11 left, when Matt Frattin scored on the power play with a sharp deflection of Slava Voynov's shot/pass from the right boards on which Bishop had no chance.

Tampa Bay almost got one back, but Teddy Purcell's wrist shot hit the crossbar with 36 seconds remaining.

Another unfortunate bounce made it 3-0 2:38 into the second.

Doughty carried the puck in the Tampa Bay zone and lost control. After Justin Williams pushed it toward the net, the puck deflected off the skate of Tampa Bay defenseman Matt Carle, then off the left leg of Lightning wing Alex Killorn.

The Kings scored shorthanded with 4:52 left after a weak play by Bishop, who rimmed the puck along the boards to no one. It was picked off by Linden Vey, whose shot from the right boards was deflected in by Dwight King.

Filppula made it 4-1 with a one-timer from the right faceoff circle that stopped goalie Ben Scrivens' shutout streak at 191 minutes, 19 seconds, 10:52 short of Jonathan Quick's Los Angeles franchise record of 202:11.

Sloppy passing in the defensive zone and a Brett Connolly giveaway led to Dustin Brown's goal with 2:45 left and a 5-1 lead.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at [email protected]

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