Early March losses in Columbus and Detroit on consecutive nights could have sunken this Los Angeles team after months of treading water in the gut of the Western Conference.
The second loss was particularly deflating. Against an injury-riddled Red Wings team, the Kings surrendered a late third period lead on a quick succession of plays that left Mike Richards exasperated at both his own play that night and the fortunes of a team that finished the night in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Conference.
"You can't take a step back. You have to move forward," Richards told LA Kings Insider after the Detroit loss. "As tough as it is, we just have to show some character in this dressing room, in terms of what we can do and how we're going to move forward and hopefully get better."
Richards offered these quotes on a night in which his turnover led to Detroit's tying goal, and Darren Helm, the opposing center, scored the game-winner while he was on the ice.
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