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February 11, 2014 | By Matt Greene
The great part of watching the Olympics -- be it the Summer Games or Winter Games -- is that I find myself enjoying every event that is on at that exact time. Whether it's bobsledding, team ice dancing or the biathlon, I can't help but get hooked into watching because these athletes have been living every day of their lives for the last four years for this moment.   It's incredible. You can feel the passion and the excitement and, for a lot of the events, I find it hard not to root for everyone because as an athlete you know the sacrifices they have made to be on this stage and perform at this level.
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February 6, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The Kings honored their six Olympians on Thursday, inviting them to take one more trip around the Staples Center ice before leaving for Sochi and next week's tournament. But all six had to put in a little extra work on their way out the door. And that led to a nice parting gift, with defenseman Robyn Regehr scoring in overtime to end a four-game losing streak and give the Kings a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Regehr's goal, on a rising shot from just off the left circle at 2 minutes 33 seconds, also gave the Kings their fourth win in six overtime periods this season.
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February 6, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
KINGS DUSTIN BROWN, USA Why picked: Captain of 2012 Stanley Cup champions, leader who will be team's alternate captain. Olympic experience: Alternate captain on the U.S. silver-medal team in 2010, point-less in six games. Has played in four World Championships, as captain in 2009, had five goals in both 2006 and 2008. Quoteworthy: "As this team came together, you look at 10 players that have been a captain or assistant captain on their team. " - USA Coach Dan Bylsma.
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February 5, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Matjaz Kopitar is a familiar sight around the Kings' practice rink in El Segundo, usually watching proudly from upstairs while his son, Anze, hones the skills that have made the younger Kopitar one of the NHL's top centers. Matjaz was around a rink on Wednesday, but he was thousands of miles away from Southern California. And he was on the ice instead of watching as he prepared to coach Team Slovenia in its Olympic hockey debut. “It's a little different,” he said, smiling.
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February 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
  A stoppable force met a movable object Monday at Staples Center. For the uninitiated, that would be the free-falling Kings and their punchless offense against the struggling Chicago Blackhawks and their porous defense. It was billed as a matchup of the last two Stanley Cup champions, though you couldn't have proven that by the way the teams have played lately, with the Kings averaging 1 1/2 goals a week and the Blackhawks having lost five of their last six. But this being the NHL somebody had to win, and Chicago proved the best of the worst when Marcus Kruger's second-period slap shot from just inside the blue line struck the stick of defenseman Matt Greene and tumbled over the left shoulder of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, breaking a 2-2 tie and sparking the Blackhawks to a 5-3 win. SUMMARY: Chicago Blackhawks 5, Kings 3 "We had a 2-2 game, we had the momentum," Kings captain Dustin Brown said.
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February 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Goals by Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-0 victory over the struggling Kings on Saturday at Staples Center. It was the eighth loss in the last nine games for the Kings, whose ability to score has all but disappeared. Simmonds, who was traded by the Kings to Philadelphia in 2011, scored with 12:12 left in the second period. His teammate, Vincent Lecavalier, took a pass and appeared set to shoot, drawing Kings goalie Jonathan Quick away from the net. But Lecavalier instead passed to Simmonds who converted a wide-open shot.
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February 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Kings held a pregame ceremony at center ice Saturday for defenseman Robyn Regehr, who was about to play his 1,000th career game. But there was little else for Regehr or his teammates to celebrate once the game against the Philadelphia Flyers began at Staples Center, as the Kings' missing offense remained nowhere to be found. Goals by former King Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux gave the Flyers a 2-0 victory over the Kings (30-21-6), L.A.'s eighth loss in its last nine games.
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January 30, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The Sid and Scud show was practically hijacked at Staples Center by a man put on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes last March. It was a lively performance from forward Jussi Jokinen, who had a hand in the first three Pittsburgh goals - one goal and two assists in the Penguins' 4-1 win over the Kings on Thursday night. Penguins star Sidney Crosby had one assist and goalie Jeff Zatkoff, a Kings draft pick in 2006 and a fixture for them in the American Hockey League for parts of four seasons, got the win. The Kings are staggering toward the now-welcome Olympic break in sight with one win in eight games.
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January 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
SAN JOSE - From a game-opening backhand he gloved while sprawling to the game-ending threat he denied with his left leg pad, goalie Jonathan Quick gave the Kings the best response possible to their recent slump. A shutout. In San Jose. Anze Kopitar's late second-period goal stood up Monday as the Kings delivered a signature 1-0 victory over the division-rival Sharks at SAP Center to snap their five-game losing streak and end a scoreless drought at 154 minutes 43seconds.
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