Ouch. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you get your butt kicked.
The Kings, who had a line up loaded with likely opening night roster players, easily defeated Anaheim in a 6-0 preseason loss. Yes. Preseason. But it still hurts losing like that to Los Angeles.
"They played fairly well, and we played fairly poor," was Dustin Penner's assessment. "There were a lot of things we could’ve done more efficiently. Number one is compete. They had too many easy shots, and made it too hard on our goalies to make saves."
Apparently the Kings showed up but the Ducks did not.
The Kings were beaten in their first two games of the pre-season and certainly wanted to right their ship after that. They did.
The Ducks, coming off a 6-2 defeat of Phoenix the night before with a virtually different line-up, were not ready to play.
They should have been.
From the start the Ducks were ineffective. Viktor Fasth made 23 saves in two periods of play. Promising goaltender, John Gibson, allowed three goals on eight shots in the third period. Definitely an off night for the young talent of whom much is expected.
The 6-0 score could have been worse, too, the Kings were unsuccessful on a penalty shot attempt.
Coach Bruce Boudreau was not particularly pleased at his players efforts.
"We had a lot of young guys in the lineup tonight," Boudreau said. "You create bad habits by not working. We’ve had some guys who haven’t worked very hard in training. They need to get back to the grindstone and start working."
The grindstone continues in Colorado as the Ducks play their third game in three nights, with yet another mix of players and prospects.
In other notes:
The Ducks have already release the following players from amateur try outs:
Brent Andrews – Center
Kyle Becker – Defenseman
Austin Carroll – Right Wing
Ross Johnston – Left Wing
Ryan Horvat – Left Wing
Etienne Marcoux – Goaltender
Kenton Helgesen was released back to his junior team. That leaves 53 players still on the roster. If some of the players keep playing like they did on Tuesday night, making more cuts will be easy.