David Desharnais and Jimmy Vesey put the Rangers ahead early with first-period goals, but the team subsequently failed to score en route to a 4-2 loss to the Kings on Sunday night in Los Angeles. >> Box score
- 3:53 NYR David Desharnais (Power Play); Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Vinni Lettieri
- 7:12 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei
- 0:30 LAK Jake Muzzin (Power Play); Assists: Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar
- 6:13 LAK Michael Amadio (Power Play); Assists: Alec Martinez
- 10:22 LAK Tanner Pearson (Power Play); Assists: Alec Martinez, Michael Amadio
- 19:42 LAK Trevor Lewis (ENG); Assists: Drew Doughty
- The Rangers played such an encouraging first period, had a strong battle level, scored a PP goal and went to the net to fight for rebounds. Then a combination of penalties and bad puck luck turned the game towards LA in the second period. The PK, which had been so good, made some mistakes and it cost the Rangers.
- When Brendan Smith was hit in the first period, I think it was Joe Micheletti who said that Smith had to be careful not to retaliate and just accept the penalty. Smith did that until the end of the first period where he fought, got the extra two minutes and, in effect, turned the game towards LA.
- Henrik Lundqvist has been great this season, and while I don't put this loss squarely on his shoulders, it will always be surprising to me when he plays back to back games. All points are important, every game is a big game and Henrik has been great in the second half of back to backs, but why keep Ondrej Pavelec around if he isn't going to play one of the two back to back games?
- So it's two losses in a row for the Rangers as they continue to struggle to find ways to win on the road. There are two more games on this trip but a lot more road games coming after the All-Star break. It seems pretty obvious to say, but the Rangers aren't making the playoffs until they start winning away from MSG.