Kings can’t get shots off, lose

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. – Thanks to not getting enough shots in the first two periods, the Kings shot themselves in the foot against the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Kings managed just 10shots in the first two periods, and Scott Walker’s goal in the second was enough to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 victory Tuesday. “That’s why we’re in the predicament where’re in,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “We’re learning how to be a good team. When you’re a good team, you find a way to scrap, fight and claw away at good teams. … We didn’t play a spirited enough game.” Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings, who have lost 13 of 16. Walker took a pass from Josef Vasicek along the boards and curled toward the middle of the zone. With no Kings defender hanging with him, Walker found a lane and took a long shot from beyond the circles that slipped by goalie Sean Burke at 14:46 of the second. Ray Whitney also scored for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward made 21 saves and didn’t face much pressure in earning a relatively easy win. The Kings looked set for a good start when Carolina’s Justin Williams was given a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking Jamie Lundmark just 13 seconds in. But the Kings managed only one shot with the advantage, the beginning of an anemic offensive night. When the Kings got a scoring chance – as when Dustin Brown corralled a mishandled puck by Frantisek Kaberle along the boards for a breakaway chance – they couldn’t take advantage. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more