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.
January 29, 2013 |
The Stanley Cup rings fans received Monday night at Staples Center were replicas of the real thing. The Kings' comeback against the Vancouver Canucks was genuine - and reminiscent of the performances during their unlikely Cup drive last spring. Jeff Carter lifted a backhander past goaltender Roberto Luongo for the only goal in the shootout, propelling the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Canucks before an emotionally spent crowd. The triumph was the second this season for the Kings (2-2-1)
January 28, 2013 |
Forwards Dustin Penner and Brad Richardson stayed out and did extra work well after the Kings' morning skate had ended -- as did defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk -- so it's likely the Kings' lineup against Vancouver on Monday night at Staples Center will be the same as it has been the last few games. Penner has been healthy but was scratched for the Kings' previous two games. Asked if there will be any changes against the Canucks -- whom the Kings upset in the first round of the playoffs last spring -- Coach Darryl Sutter replied: “Be there for the song,” meaning the national anthem.
April 23, 2012 |
Are you ready for some shutouts? Bring on the goalies - the Kings' Jonathan Quick and the Blues' Brian Elliott. They both recorded shutouts in the last regular-season meeting between Los Angeles and St. Louis, on March 22, at Staples Center. The Kings eventually won, 1-0, needing four rounds of a shootout to settle the issue. The Kings and the Blues will meet in the second round of the playoffs, starting in St. Louis, possibly on Friday or Saturday. But first, though, a word or two about the past before exploring the future.
April 23, 2012 |
VANCOUVER, Canada --- Finishing in the top eight in the West had taken so much out of the Kings that Coach Darryl Sutter wasn't sure what his players had in reserve before their first-round series against the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks. They had overcome a 7-8-1 start at home and repeated dips out of playoff position but then lost their final two games. Sutter, who took over for Terry Murray on Dec. 22, wasn't sure if his team had gone as far as it could manage.
April 22, 2012 |
VANCOUVER, Canada - Dustin Brown had long imagined what it would feel like to be on the winning side of the traditional playoff handshake ceremony in which foes who bash each other for weeks exchange congratulations instead of elbows to the chops. The Kings' captain and emotional leader experienced that exhilaration Sunday for the first time after eight NHL seasons, a wait that sometimes seemed interminable. His patience was rewarded when Jarret Stoll's missile of a wrist shot eluded Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider 4 minutes and 27 seconds into overtime to give the eighth-seeded Kings a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena, completing a five-game upset of the league's top-ranked team.