Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/11/11
While honoring Bernie Nicholls on the ice during Legends Night on Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings showed highlights of some of the Pumper Nicholl's finest moments. One particular goal came in the 1982 playoff opener, a game Los Angeles defeated Edmonton, 10-8 Smythe Division hockey at its finest. Fast-forwarding 29 years, the Kings have accumulated 10 goals in their last six games combined. For the eighth consecutive game, Los Angeles was held to two goals or less as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to a Dallas Stars team whose performance was nothing better than mediocre. With the loss, the Kings' STAPLES Center record fell to 8-9-1 as the term "desperation" was used frequently in the locker room. "That was my word in there after the game," Head Coach Terry Murray said. "I'm talking about the power play at the end in the third period and right in the very end of the game there where there's a couple of loose pucks lying there in front of the net. We were coming to the net rather than being at the net at a critical time. And that's where you have to be more desperate and in a situation where you're in a 2-1 game and you've got five minutes left in the game." There were flashes of desperation like many home games, Los Angeles came out banging and ready to battle in a matchup of the two teams that have logged the most hits in the NHL this season. But after surrendering four power plays in the first 20 minutes, any type of momentum was stifled as the Kings' rhythm was disrupted. Dallas tallied a first period power play goal and finished 1-for-7, totaling 13 minutes and 11 seconds on the man advantage. Another low-scoring, one-goal defeat didn't sit well with Team Captain Dustin Brown, who sat in his stall unhappy with the team's standing long after most of his teammates had left the room. "We've got to be more desperate right now," Brown said. "We've got to be more desperate the rest of the year. We're not playing with enough intensity, enough desperation. We're a good team. Now we're not playing like one. We need more desperation, more intensity. That starts with individuals. We can't do it alone." "You've got to get yourself ready as a player of this team. Right now, we don't have enough guys having that desperation." What the Kings do have in abundance right now are question marks. How much longer will Drew Doughty be spared of sharp criticism after another unproductive outing? The 56-million dollar man took as many minor penalties as he did shots two and remains mired in the worst slump of his career, tallying just one assist and a minus-three rating over his last 13 games. What has happened to Simon Gagne? The left winger hasn't scored in 10 games and was unable to get a shot off on a three-on-two when he slowed near the net to allow a backchecking Dallas forward to get a stick on the puck, deflecting it into the seats. Where was Jack Johnson for the Stars' first goal, when Michael Ryder easily stepped around him before banking a pass off Jamie Benn's skate past Jonathan Bernier? "I think if you look around us, we have what it takes in this room, regardless of who's in or out of the lineup. It's up to the guys in here. This is our team," Brown said. "It comes back to individual preparation. I think guys just need to re-focus here. Like I said, we have a good team. We've played good hockey this year. It's a matter of guys buying in and doing everything right. It starts with hard work. If there's ever a game where we said we could have gone harder', that's not good enough." When asked about the media's perception of the team, and whether the Kings keep up with the newspaper clippings, defenseman Rob Scuderi gave an honest appraisal of the current situation. "As far as expectations go, I'm not sure what the media thought we would do," Scuderi said. "But we had high expectations for ourselves in here as a group, and I think that's the biggest letdown." NOTES: For the second consecutive game, the Kings were beaten by a goalie making his first career NHL start. On Thursday it was Matt Hackett of Minnesota; today it was Dallas' Richard Bachman who stopped 26 of 27 and earned the game's first star. "I got a phone call last night just after dinnertime just letting me know what the plan was for today You always dream about getting that first win and it was a dream come true tonight," Bachman said. The Kings leave Sunday for their first extended roadtrip since opening the season In Europe and the east coast. They'll face the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Tuesday followed by Columbus on Thursday, Detroit on Saturday and Toronto on Monday, December 19. All games will begin at 4:00 pm Pacific Time and can be seen live on FOX Sports West. Los Angeles returns home for a Freeway Faceoff matchup against Anaheim on Thursday, December 22. Brad Richardson, who tallied his first goal of the year and the Kings' fourth shorthanded goal of the season, played in his 200th career game as a King. Los Angeles is 17-5-3 in its last 25 games against Dallas.
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