There is consolation, if you can believe it, in being as bad as the Lightning.
And that is this: Things are bound to get better. Somewhere. Sometime. Some way.
Just not Thursday night, when the Kings handed Tampa Bay a 5-2 loss in front of 10,761 mildly entertained fans.
It was just one more lost cause for the 2-11-2 Lightning, which extended its franchise-record winless streak to 11.
Things are going so bad for Tampa Bay it couldn't win an early fight: Jeff Norton turtled on Dan Bylsma; Rob Zamuner was floored by a Philippe Boucher right; Jason Wiemer was wrestled to the ice by Sean O'Donnell.
This loss came 24 hours after the Lightning went down in its first game on a four-game West Coast trip, 5-2 at Anaheim.
After that one, interim coach Rick Paterson said: "I know the players are down. . . . They've been down for a while _ but they're competing, and saying the right things. Now we have to find a way to win."
The Lightning didn't find it against the Kings, who struck first with a short-handed goal from Ian Laperriere. He beat backup goalie Corey Schwab on a breakaway after O'Donnell turned Roman Hamrlik's breakout pass the other way.
"They're a big hockey team but I don't know if it was that so much as the fact that we made mistakes," Paterson said "We made mistakes, too many th win the hockey game."
Less than six minutes later, Mikael Renberg answered with his second goal in as many games _ just his second since the Lightning's season opener.
Renberg started a two-on-one with Paul Ysebaert and finished by stuffing the rebound of Ysebaert's wrist shot off goalie Stephane Fiset.
Los Angeles struck three times in the second period, getting two goals from Glen Murray and one from Sandy Moger. Then Tampa Bay went into the third, a period in which it had been outscored 15-1 during the first 10 games of its winless streak.
Brian Bradley scored with Alex Selivanov's power-play rebound early in the final period, but it wasn't enough to prevent the team from falling to 0-10-1 in its past 11.