May 18, 2013 |
SAN JOSE - Jonathan Quick waved his stick and yelled at both referees as he left the ice after the Kings' 2-1 overtime loss to the Sharks on Saturday night, irate over the third-period penalty calls that put the Kings at a two-man disadvantage and tested their mettle as much as it challenged their penalty killing. Quick is normally the calmest man on the ice, stoic in the face of barrages of shots and of beefy forwards crashing his crease. But even he had his limits, and for his trouble he got a game misconduct for abuse of the officials as the Kings contemplated having their series lead narrowed to 2-1. Was Robyn Regehr's hooking penalty at 19:18 of the third period a legitimate call?
May 11, 2013 |
The crowd yelled for Dustin Penner to shoot as the final seconds of the second period ticked off the clock Friday at Staples Center. His teammates yelled for Penner to shoot and the coaches joined the chaotic chorus. Penner, not known for always taking coaches' advice, listened this time. "If you don't try you don't know," he said. Because he tried, and because his long shot glanced off the stick of St. Louis defenseman Roman Polak and changed direction enough to catch goaltender Brian Elliott off guard, the Kings took and held a one-goal lead that launched them into the second round of the playoffs.
May 6, 2013 |
The Kings' offense, dormant through the first three games of their opening-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, awoke Monday in time to prolong their season and their reign as Stanley Cup champions. Justin Williams completed a two-goal rally in the third period with a deflection that withstood a video review, as the Kings barged past the Blues for a 4-3 victory at Staples Center and evened the series at two games each. "Now it's all tied up and best of three," said center Anze Kopitar, whose first goal in 20 games, off a feed from a hard-digging Dustin Brown, had brought the Kings even at 7 minutes 14 seconds of the third period.
April 2, 2013 |
Glendale, ARIZ. - Greetings from Jobing.com Arena, where the Kings held their morning skate in advance of Tuesday's game against the Coyotes. Jonathan Quick was the first goaltender off the ice and is expected to start. Winger Jordan Nolan will return to the lineup in place of Dustin Penner, who sustained a lower-body injury Sunday at Dallas. Nolan was skating alongside Kyle Clifford and Brad Richardson on the fourth line. Newly acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr was not with the team.
March 15, 2013 |
Jake Muzzin had only an instant to react when he saw Kings teammate Colin Fraser get leveled by a check from San Jose's Andrew Desjardins in the second period Thursday. The contact looked to be shoulder-to-shoulder and Fraser went down hard. "I thought he was hurt, so I wanted to take action. It happened quick," said Muzzin, the Kings' rookie defenseman. Luckily for the Kings, Fraser was fine. Unfortunately, for Muzzin, he was hit with a double minor for instigating, and instigating with a visor, in addition to the five-minute fighting major and 10-minute misconduct.
March 11, 2013 |
Lesson of the day: scoring balance. Heading into Sunday's action, the Chicago Blackhawks had eight players with five or more goals, and the surging Ducks possess even more scoring depth with 11 players with five or more goals. The Kings? They have four players with five or more, including Jeff Carter's 17 goals, tied for second in the league behind Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos. Carter still accounts for 25% of the Kings' goals, but Saturday may have represented a significant turning point as goals were scored by six Kings in their 6-2 win against the Calgary Flames.