The Los Angeles Kings did not have the best start to their nine-game road trip on Tuesday night.
Facing off against the Buffalo Sabres, the last-place team in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, the Kings blew a two-goal lead in an embarrassing 6-3 loss.
Kings center Jeff Carter had a few choice words about his team's performance in the postgame press conference, calling out himself and his teammates for a lack of toughness.
According to LAKingsInsider.com, Carter was especially unhappy with the Kings' mental toughness in the loss at Buffalo:
We’re fragile. We’re a fragile team. You get one bad bounce against you…You know, they’ve got good players over there. They’re going to have shifts in our end. We get running around. We lose coverage. They score one goal. We’re up 2-1. 2-1 on the road is pretty good and then we just crumble, and we’ve been doing it all year. Home, away, everywhere. It’s time we take a big look in the mirror here because these next six games are pretty crucial to our year.
Carter did his part on Tuesday night, scoring two of the Kings' three goals and recording eight shots in just over 15 minutes of ice time.
However, despite his strong performance, he still left the KeyBank Center with a bad taste in his mouth:
It was just terrible hockey. We come on a seven-game road trip, 1-0 after the first. 2-0. We get a bad bounce and then we just […] shut down. It’s been going on for a while. Our second periods have not been good and they’ve been killing us. It’s everybody. It’s top to bottom. It’s unacceptable.
You don’t make playoffs winning at home and then going on the road and [messing] the bed.
At 14-12-2, the Kings are currently tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Los Angeles has 30 points, the same total as the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars.
The Kings continue their long road trip on Thursday night when they take on the Red Wings in Detroit.News Now - Sport News