November 9, 2013 |
Kings center Jarret Stoll skated hard for about an hour at practice Saturday morning, trying to rush back from an upper-body injury that has sidelined him a week. But given the way his replacements played in his absence Saturday night, Stoll might as well take his time. Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli, minor league linemates called up Nov. 2 following injuries to Stoll and forward Jeff Carter, combined for two goals and two assists to spark the Kings to a surprisingly easy 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
June 30, 2013 |
The long-running goaltending saga in Vancouver came to a merciful, if not stunning, finish Sunday at the NHL's Entry Draft in Newark, N.J. It had looked as though goalie Roberto Luongo and his onerous contract would be moved out of Vancouver. Instead it was the younger and less expensive Cory Schneider going from the Canucks to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the No. 9 pick. With that selection, the Canucks took forward Bo Horvat of the London Knights. So instead of succeeding Luongo in Vancouver, Schneider will be doing that with New Jersey incumbent Martin Brodeur, who turned 41 in May. Vancouver GM Mike Gillis said on TSN, a Canadian cable network, that this was the first time he had had this high of a draft choice in his tenure with the Canucks and that the team had explored various options during the goalie saga.
June 25, 2013 |
The Vancouver Canucks hired John Tortorella to be their new coach Tuesday. Tortorella was fired by the New York Rangers after they lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs in five games. Tortorella, 55, replaces former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who took over as the Rangers coach last week. Tortorella has been an NHL coach since 2001. He led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup championship in 2004. Tortorella led the Rangers to the playoffs three times in five seasons.
June 10, 2013 |
The Kings have granted other NHL teams permission to interview assistant coach John Stevens for their respective head coaching vacancies. The Vancouver Canucks appear to be the front-runner for Stevens, who was the Philadelphia Flyers' coach for parts of four seasons before he joined the Kings' staff in June 2010. He has spent the last three seasons guiding the Kings' highly regarded defense corps and strong penalty-killing unit. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said Monday he considers Stevens "a head coach with us" because of the responsibilities Stevens has fulfilled.
April 24, 2013 |
DUCKS AT VANCOUVER When: 7 PDT. Where: Rogers Center. On the air: TV: KDOC; Radio: 830. Record vs. Canucks: 1-1. Update: The Ducks, with the No. 2 Western Conference seed clinched, play their final regular-season road game where their season began. Vancouver, with the No. 3 seed clinched, will not have starting goaltender Cory Schneider because of an unspecified injury. Schneider is 17-9-4. With rest due to key players before the playoffs, the Ducks summoned right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, goaltender Frederik Andersen and left wing Patrick Maroon from minor league Norfolk.
March 24, 2013 |
Kings winger Jordan Nolan was fined $1,436.94 by the NHL on Sunday for cross-checking Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks during the teams' game Saturday at Staples Center, the league announced. It was the maximum fine allowed under the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the players' association. Nolan's hit on Sedin occurred at 5:58 of the second period and was not penalized at the time; however, the league can review any play for the purpose of dispensing supplementary discipline.
March 23, 2013 |
The Kings shouldn't write off their 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday as the consequence of facing a sharp goaltender for the second straight game. Cory Schneider gave a fine performance in earning a 20-save shutout in front of a restless crowd at Staples Center. He was agile and patient on the rare opportunities he needed to be, though he wasn't as spectacular as Dallas' Kari Lehtonen was on Thursday in a 40-save masterpiece that was behind the Stars' 2-0 victory over the Kings.
March 3, 2013 |
A day after the Kings suffered one of their worst losses this season, goalie Jonathan Quick found himself surrounded by familiar allies, all of them saying mea culpa . Little went well in a 5-2 loss to the Canucks at Vancouver on Saturday night, but everyone was lining up Sunday to share the blame. Quick is often his own worst critic and he had accepted responsibility immediately after the loss. As Kings defenseman Drew Doughty pointed out: "Quickie can't take the blame for that — some of those goals were two-on-ones, or shots that are going high, back-door passes, so definitely don't blame the game on Quickie.
March 2, 2013 |
VANCOUVER, Canada - Goals off the rush, an overwhelmed defense and a less-than-stellar goaltending performance all combined to end the Kings' five-game winning streak. It wasn't pretty. Vancouver defeated the Kings, 5-2, on Saturday night at Rogers Arena, handing them their first loss since Feb. 17 at Chicago. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick took the blame. The Canucks scored four of the final five goals of the game, including the last three. Their last goal came via an empty-netter after Quick had been pulled for an extra attacker.
February 18, 2013
Pluses + The defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils have been quietly piling up points with a 9-3-3 record. Despite losing Zach Parise to free agency — and losing right wing Dainius Zubrus last week to wrist surgery — they have stayed near the top of the Atlantic Division and the conference. One big reason: David Clarkson's 10 goals, which rank among the league leaders. + Goaltender Jake Allen, called on to start twice for the St. Louis Blues last week because of Brian Elliott's struggles and Jaroslav Halak's groin strain, was more than up to the task.