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Game 34 Recap: Steel City Roller Coaster Ride

It was a wild game that ended in the most anti-climactic way ever.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Kings aren’t good on the road. That’s not a secret. It’s a mystery why they have such a wide disparity between home and away that hasn’t been solved yet. One mystery that HAS been solved (kind of) is their shooting woes. More specifically, their lack of offense. It’s not the system or the talent on the ice; most nights, most teams, this combination should be able to score more than one or two goals. The Kings, to this point, have mostly just been unlucky.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see that they managed to score four goals in a game. Perhaps this means their luck is turning around and they’ll start consistently scoring more frequently. If you want to see the Kings’ season in a nutshell, then look no further than Adrian Kempe’s shootout attempt in which he managed to lose the puck before he even got close to scoring. Hopefully this epitome of LA’s scoring woes has hit its peak. Don’t judge me.

Anyway, I didn’t watch last night’s game but here are some tweets from people who did.

So far, so good! Spoiler alert: It went downhill from here. But then it went back uphill! And then ended kind of downhill again.

My apologies for cursing this game and allowing a Jack Johnson goal but let’s all blame Jesse for creating the Moulson Index. It’s his fault and that’s why I cited it. So. Yeah. Curse you, Jesse shakes fist.

Maybe their luck really is turning around, it’s just... slow. It’s not often that you can beat someone at the top of their game coming off a franchise-record shutout streak. The Kings salvaged a point after being down two and showed a resiliency that was often lacking in their game last season.