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LA Kings Grounded in Winnipeg, Falling to Jets

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Game 74; 44-25-5

WINNIPEG — The rough road trip has come to end for the Los Angeles Kings as they finish 0-3-0 thanks to an underwhelming 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. The clubs have now split their first two games with the third being the regular-season finale.

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Despite outshooting the Jets 14-4 in the first period, the Kings could not solve Ondrej Pavelec. They did, however, break through at 9:25 of the second when Anze Kopitar potted his 25th — a power-play goal — from Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty to give the silver-and-black the lead.

That, however, was all the momentum the Kings could muster on this night.

With just 1:40 remaining in the second, Adam Lowry beat Jonathan Quick to tie the game. Then, just 15 seconds into the third, Dustin Byfuglien gave the Jets the lead before Paul Postma added some insurance just a couple of minutes later.

Drew Stafford would add an empty-netter late and that was more than enough for a Jets team who handed Los Angeles their third-straight defeat.

For the Kings, they have not been able to muster anything since clinching a playoff spot last week but hopefully returning home will do the trick when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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