January 26, 2014 |
Both the penalty shot and the ensuing clean look that Anze Kopitar had ended badly in the Stadium Series, as has much in the Los Angeles Kings' five-game losing streak that trails them to Monday's game in San Jose. “When you have good opportunities and don't score, you've just got to finish those opportunities,” Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said Saturday night after his team's 3-0 loss to the Ducks, in which Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller stopped all 36 shots at him. That's where the Kings (29-18-6)
January 25, 2014 |
An iconic home of home runs and saves neatly morphed into hockey's temporary home on a historic January night at Dodger Stadium. Of course, the startling transformation was not clever Hollywood sleight-of-hand but the guiding hand and mind of NHL ice guru Dan Craig. Home runs may have gotten the night off but there were plenty of saves from Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, who stopped 36 shots as the Ducks beat the Kings, 3-0. Hiller has four shutouts this season; this one was the 20th of his career.
January 10, 2014 |
With the Kings halfway through a stretch of four games in seven days, Friday's morning skate was optional for most of the regulars. "Busy schedule," Coach Darryl Sutter explained. Among those who didn't suit up was center Jeff Carter, whose fatigue was understandable. The night before, in the Kings' 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins, Carter skated more than 20 minutes, took a game-high 10 shots and scored a goal, his team-best 16th of the season. So it fell to teammate Drew Doughty - who grew up around the corner from Carter in London, Ontario - to put Carter's recent hot play in perspective.
January 8, 2014 |
From mighty Canada with its 11 returning gold medalists to humble hopefuls Latvia and Norway, the remaining entrants in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament announced their rosters Tuesday, triggering vigorous debate in hockey rinks around the world. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty's second straight selection for Canada was automatic, but forward Jeff Carter was a mild surprise. The Kings will have six Olympians, with host Russia choosing defenseman Slava Voynov, and the previous picks of center Anze Kopitar for Slovenia and goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Dustin Brown by Team USA. "Any time you get to represent Canada and put on that jersey, it's the biggest honor ever, really," Doughty said.
January 7, 2014 |
Jonathan Quick versus Roberto Luongo. That particular goaltending duel was fully understandable, and completely riveting. It served as a potential USA-Canada Olympic preview the other day at Staples Center between the Kings goalie and his Vancouver counterpart But Quick versus Darcy Kuemper? BOX SCORE: Wild 2, Kings 1 (SO) On Tuesday, Kuemper was stellar for the Minnesota Wild in goal in what was his ninth career start. The Kings were unable to solve him through the first 40 minutes 50 seconds and he shut them down in overtime and the shootout, leading the injury-riddled Wild to a 2-1 victory at Staples Center.
January 6, 2014 |
The Czechs went old, Slovenia chose its only NHL player to lead its Olympic hockey debut, and Switzerland ensured its defense will be more solid than its famous cheese by selecting six NHL players for its Sochi roster. Those federations announced their 25-man rosters Monday, a few days after Team USA unveiled its picks. The remaining teams, including defending champion Canada, will announce their choices Tuesday. Jaromir Jagr , who will turn 42 during his fifth Olympics, 42-year-old former NHLer Petr Nedved and 37-year-old New Jersey forward Patrik Elias will skew the Czechs' average age high in a tournament that puts a premium on youth and speed.
December 31, 2013 |
DALLAS -- This swoon isn't quite as dire as when the Kings dropped four straight games, watched one coach get fired and lost another game under an interim coach. That's when Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi placed a phone call to Canada and tracked down Darryl Sutter in Viking, Alberta. Sutter completed some of his duties on the ranch and arrived on the scene just before Christmas in 2011. Not all losing streaks are created equal. Still, this one is the longest in Sutter's wildly successful Kings' tenure.
December 14, 2013 |
OTTAWA -- The Kings weren't concerned with tallying the numbers of the streaks they extended Saturday, even though some of those numbers are staggering. What mattered to them after their 5-2 victory over the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre was that when they were challenged, they responded with the composure and competitiveness that have been the foundation of their six-game winning streak and 13-1-4 surge. "There's a bunch of things going right, right now. We've just got to make sure we stay on top of it," center Jarret Stoll said after the Kings scored three times in the first period and fended off Ottawa's comeback attempt by scoring twice in the third, allowing them to stretch their road points streak to 8-0-2.
December 10, 2013 |
MONTREAL - Still glistening with moisture, the game puck from Martin Jones' second consecutive shutout sat behind him in the Kings' locker room at the Bell Center on Tuesday. Someone had grabbed it as a souvenir after the team's 6-0 rout, a gesture that created a pleasant problem for the young goaltender. "I've got a stockpile of pucks now," Jones said. "I've got to find something to do with them. " At this rate, Jones might consider buying an extra-large trophy case.