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February 19, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- The disappointment Anze Kopitar felt was immediate and deep after Slovenia's 5-0 loss to Sweden Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament, the end of the road for a gutsy team that won the admiration of hockey fans everywhere with its perseverance to get this far in its first-ever Olympic appearance. But soon that ache will fade and Kopitar, the Kings' standout center, will be able to appreciate the magnitude of what he and his teammates did here.
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February 17, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- Host Russia, forced to play an extra game because it didn't finish in the top four in preliminary-round play and didn't get a bye into the hockey playoff quarterfinals, will face Norway at 4:30 p.m. (local time) Tuesday in one of four qualification playoff games. Russia, the No. 5 seed, will face No. 12 Norway at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. In the other qualification playoff games, No. 8 Slovenia will face No. 9 Austria at noon at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, No. 6 Switzerland will face No. 11 Latvia at the same arena at 9 p.m., and No. 7 Czech Republic will face No. 10 Slovakia at 9 p.m. at the Shayba Arena.
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February 16, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. hockey team scaled a mountain by defeating Russia in a shootout. Coach Dan Bylsma immediately was concerned his team might fall off a cliff emotionally the next day against a lesser foe, Olympic first-timer Slovenia. He need not have worried. Winger Phil Kessel, thriving on the wide ice surface, scored twice in the first 4 minutes 33 seconds and completed a hat trick midway through the second period - all assisted by Joe Pavelski - as the U.S. rolled past plucky but overwhelmed Slovenia, 5-1, Sunday at Shayba Arena in its round-robin finale.
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February 16, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Showing few signs of a letdown after its emotional victory over Russia, the U.S. men's hockey team on Sunday rode a hat trick from Phil Kessel to a 5-1 victory over Slovenia at Shayba Arena in its final preliminary-round game. Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, starting in goal while Jonathan Quick got a day off, stopped 17 shots from the plucky but undersized and overwhelmed Slovenians until Marcel Rodman scored on a long blast with 17.6 seconds left in the third period.
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February 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller recorded his second straight shutout as Switzerland defeated the Czech Republic on Saturday to finish preliminary-round play with a 2-1 record. The preliminary round will conclude on Sunday. Here's a look at what the seven Ducks and six Kings who are representing their respective homelands did in their games Saturday: Slovenia 3, Slovakia 1: Kings center Anze Kopitar scored Slovenia's third goal to clinch its first-ever Olympic victory in its second tournament game.
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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 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 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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