LOS ANGELES (TICKER) —The Boston Bruins make their second attempt for the first win with Mike O’Connell behind the bench Saturday when they visit the Los Angeles Kings in the finale of a three-game road trip.
The Bruins squandered a two-goal lead Friday against San Jose, dropping a 3-2 decision in O’Connell’s debut as coach. Boston’s vice president and general manager added interim duties to his responsibilities Wednesday after firing Robbie Ftorek, who led the team to just five wins in his last 17 games.
Glen Murray scored his 39th goal of the season and Rob Zamuner added his ninth tally to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead after 21 1/2 minutes. But the defense fell apart, allowing three straight goals by the Sharks, including one on their only shot of the third period to notch the win.
The Kings look to snap a three-game winless skid with just their second victory in seven games.
Los Angeles is coming off Thursday’s 2-2 tie with the Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. Derek Armstrong and Ziggy Palffy scored goals, while Jamie Storr made 24 saves in his first start in four games.
Palffy has been on a tear, collecting five goals and five assists in his last four contests.
While not officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Kings trail eighth-place Edmonton by 11 points with just eight games remaining.
The Bruins lead the all-time series between the teams with a 75-32-13 record, including a 31-21-7 mark in Los Angeles, but the Kings have won six of the last 10 played at Staples Center.