October 8, 2010 |
By 2008, the Kings had been bad enough for long enough to get some prime draft picks, but the No. 2 selection ? their reward for finishing next to last ? was crucial to accelerating their rebuilding process. They couldn't mess this up. Gifted center Steven Stamkos was the clear No. 1, bound for Tampa Bay. After that, there was a lot of talent but no consensus. One stood out, however, to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. He sensed something special in defenseman Drew Doughty, who grew up sleeping on a Kings pillowcase and using a Kings telephone because he loved Wayne Gretzky.
April 4, 2014 |
VANCOUVER, Canada - The panicked hue and cry from the Kings' fan base when defenseman Drew Doughty left Thursday's game in San Jose was almost like that bleak November night in Buffalo when goalie Jonathan Quick suffered a serious groin injury. That's where the similarities end. Quick immediately went home to Los Angeles and missed a substantial portion of the season. By contrast, Doughty, who appeared to injure his shoulder against the Sharks in the first period, continued on the trip with the team to Canada.
May 16, 2013 |
The Kings recently had a day off, a brief respite from the otherwise hectic postseason, with coaches holding an abbreviated morning skate for a dozen or so players. Drew Doughty chose to skip practice, hanging around the locker room, playing ping-pong with teammate Slava Voynov. "It's good to have a break," he said. "Make sure to get some rest. " The defenseman has earned it. During the regular season, Doughty ranked among the NHL's hardest-working players, averaging more than 26 minutes on the ice, fourth-most in the league.
October 23, 2013 |
Now that the first sample size has been delivered - 10 games out of a long and winding NHL season - the Kings have learned something in October. • Consistency, where is it? They are 6-4. Not that any team needs to be playing its best hockey in October, but the Kings seem to be lacking a bit of confidence. "I think you have to work to get your confidence," defenseman Willie Mitchell said. "Right now, to put the pulse on it, we're inconsistent. "…We can't wait until it's later on in the season and all of sudden get on stretches of every night preparing for these teams and preparing the right way. Maybe a little less complacency and just remembering what makes us successful and playing to those strengths.
April 13, 2013 |
The man knows his entertainment, his sport and his theater. "I hope we get to play him a few more times … this year," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. Sutter was speaking about the Kings and Anaheim, and specifically, the Ducks' incomparable Teemu Selanne. The pause was a creative way of throwing puck proceedings forward to the playoffs, going beyond the finale of this regular-season series between the Kings and Ducks. This, in fact, was Saturday morning, many hours before the Kings' hard-fought and tense 2-1 victory over the Ducks, which featured one waved-off goal and enough emotion to fill the cavernous Staples Center, a rarity in the regular season.
January 2, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - Their swagger had already taken hits before the Christmas break and now the Kings' once-supreme self-confidence has absorbed blow after blow. And now, the Kings' confidence has gone missing in the locker room and on the ice during a five-game losing streak. The dismal state of affairs was underlined by a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter pulled rookie goalie Martin Jones in the second period after the Blues' second goal at 11 minutes 41 seconds and replaced him with Ben Scrivens, who gave up a goal on the first shot he faced and let in two more goals in the third period.
March 27, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH -- As much as the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Penguins was about numbers -- highlighted by their seven-for-seven penalty-killing effort as they tied a franchise record with their eighth straight road win -- their success was equally about their attitude and being at their best when the situation seemed to be at its worst. In earning one-goal wins in Philadelphia, Washington and Pittsburgh in a four-day span and in holding NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby to one assist Thursday while blanking the league's most potent power play, the Kings turned apparent adversity into an advantage to win their fifth straight game and 13th in their last 16. They finished play against the East at 21-8-3, tying San Jose and St. Louis for the most wins by a West team against the East.
April 5, 2014 |
VANCOUVER, Canada - All the years of near misses, tedious bus rides and one excruciating waiting game faded away on Saturday morning for Andrew Campbell. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter summoned the 26-year-old defenseman and told him that he would be making his NHL debut, against the Vancouver Canucks. Televised on "Hockey Night in Canada," no less. "I got like a shiver right down my body, 'Wow, This is going to be the night,'" Campbell said after the morning skate. Arguably, this was the most important conversation of Campbell's hockey life.
January 13, 2009 |
When the Kings' prized rookie defenseman Drew Doughty crumpled to the ice after a big hit from Tampa Bay's Evgeny Artyukhin midway through the second period, his defensive partner, Sean O'Donnell, chased Artyukhin off the ice, jabbing him with his stick until he drew a cross-checking penalty. Doughty left the game because of a bruised thigh. As for the response from the rest of the Kings? The Staples Center crowd -- and Coach Terry Murray -- are still waiting.
September 16, 2011 |
Burning questions When will Drew Doughty's long contract impasse end — and what will be its long-term effect? Doughty and the Kings have been in a stalemate all summer. Sometimes, in the past, when the Kings have played hardball in negotiations, it has fractured a relationship beyond repair (hello, Mike Cammallieri). The Kings don't need that to happen here, not with Doughty's enormous upside, a player who could anchor the defense for the next decade and beyond. Whither Dustin Penner?