There were quite a few brutal defeats on Tuesday night, but none carry the stench of the Los Angeles Kings’ ugly 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
You have to reach into the history books to find a stretch as bad as the past three games have been for Los Angeles.
Fox Sports West’s Jon Rosen notes that this is the first Kings team to get shut out for three straight games since 1968-69. Woof.
While John Gibson recorded the seventh shutout of his young career, aging fringe NHL goalie Peter Budaj‘s no longer able to scrape together wins. He was pulled from the game after allowing four goals on 16 shots, making way for former Dallas Stars first-rounder Jack Campbell.
So … that’s already some bad stuff.
The thing is, it was nasty even beyond the scoreboard. There were plenty of physical moments, some arguably going over the line.
There were plenty of other skirmishes, including this odd spectacle late in the game:
Considering the ugly history the Kings made/matched on Tuesday, it is fitting that this was a game many would like to forget.
As division rivals, these teams will see plenty more of each other, with their next game taking place in Anaheim on Nov. 20.