The nasty fight-filled game Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks took its toll on the Kings after all, with defenseman Matt Greene going out of the lineup with an undisclosed upper-body injury.
According to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, Greene will not be accompanying the team on its upcoming four-game trip, which begins Thursday in St. Louis, against the high-flying Blues.
Greene was injured in the second period during a fight with Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa in a game that produced 109 penalty minutes. The two tangled after Bieksa took a shot at Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick during a Vancouver power play. Greene took exception to the contact, instigated a fight, and eventually body-slammed Bieksa to the ice.
Greene received 17 minutes in penalties on the play, but did not return to the bench when he was eligible to return in the third period.