Thomas' play went to waste/By S. Bradley

Regardless of how shy of his top form he has been so far this season, Marc Savard is still a major cog in the Bruins’ offense that is missed when he’s out.

That doesn’t give the Bruins any excuse for their lackluster performance tonight in Los Angeles.

It was appropriate that the Kings scored both of their goals from the top of the blue paint in the crease because that’s exactly where some of the Bruins’ biggest forwards should’ve been but weren’t throughout Boston’s 2-0 loss.

Three Bruins power plays came and went without a score, and at even strength the Bruins were mostly a one-and-done team against Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

The UMass product finished his fifth win in five tries against Boston with 34 saves.

Here’s a glance at the box score:

•Ryan Smyth and Andrei Loktionov scored the Los Angeles goals.

•Tim Thomas’ 32-save performance went to waste.

•Milan Lucic was the Bruins’ shots leader with five. Nathan Horton and Blake Wheeler, two forwards in major scoring slumps, fired one shot on net apiece.