Notes and highlights from King’s come-from-ahead loss to Rangers

“The best plans of mice and men often go awry.” -Robert Burns 1785

Almost 250 years later, it’s still true… as Kings coach Todd McLellan can probably attest.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers, there was a lot of talk about LA bank boss Kevin Fiala and Gabe Vilardi flipping the lineup. The two moves were designed to breathe some life into a stagnant offense. And that paid off wonderfully in the first third. Fiala scored after 35 seconds and Vilardi later added a power play goal.

Even Cal Petersen looked solid at the net, leading 2-0 at the first break.

Everything went wrong in the second third.

“We had a really good push in the first one,” McLellan explained. “We were an aggressive team. We were a bit busy; We connected passes and plays. The first two shifts of the (2nd) third we missed pretty good scoring chances. So they came with their push and we didn’t react really well. Then we lean back a little. We were slow, we didn’t connect on the passes we connected on the first. You have to give them credit. They pushed, but their push was a lot stronger, a lot more aggressive than ours in the second.

“Third period, I thought it was a pretty even period. achieved. Of course we were looking forward to that. Then, boom, the air is out of your sails again. Our game tonight matches our year – where are we inconsistent? We’re up and down.”

With a win in their last five games, the Kings will take a few days off and try to regroup in time for Friday night’s game in San Jose.

Below are selected highlights from Tuesday’s Rangers game:

Additional post-game notes:

VIDEO: Hoven on King’s Intermission Report on Bally Sports West


Planned Lineups: LA Kings vs. New York Rangers, Home Sweet Home


Leading photo via Daniel Stopani

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