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 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?
February 13, 2011 |
From Philadelphia ? Even the Kings can't explain why they've been so successful on the road lately, a trend they continued Sunday by stifling the East-leading Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0. Barely a day after they had outplayed the Capitals in Washington they followed with an impressive and intense performance in front of a sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center and improved to 4-0-2 on their 10-game journey around North America. Is it the room service? The togetherness built during a long time away from home?
April 19, 2013 |
The Kings on Friday assigned forward Tyler Toffoli to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. The Monarchs are on the bubble for a playoff berth in the AHL's Eastern Conference, trailing the Connecticut Whale by two points before Friday's games. Toffoli, who will be 21 on Wednesday, had two goals and five points in eight games with the Kings. He also had a plus-3 defensive rating while averaging 11 minutes and 55 seconds' ice time per game. With Coach Darryl Sutter deciding to stick with unproductive veteran Dustin Penner instead of giving Toffoli a regular spot, it made sense for Toffoli's development that he play more regularly.
September 17, 2013 |
Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson has excited so many in leading the U.S. to the world junior championships and a bronze medal in the world championship, it's easy to get carried away with his potential. But the 20-year-old came cold off the bench Tuesday and the Kings greeted him with a sobering display of NHL goal-scoring ability - three in the final period of their 6-0 exhibition victory over the Ducks at Honda Center. "Any time you lose, you're not happy," Gibson said.
June 13, 2012 |
SECOND ROUND Game 1 April 28, 2012 Kings 3, at St. Louis 1 What happened: Matt Greene scored his first career playoff goal short-handed late in the second period and defenseman Slava Voynov also got his first career playoff goal as the Kings remained undefeated on the road in the playoffs. Three stars: Jonathan Quick, Kings (28 saves); Greene (short-handed goal); Dustin Penner, Kings (1 goal, 2 assists). Game 2 April 30, 2012 Kings 5, at St. Louis 2 What happened: Anze Kopitar scored twice in a four-goal first period.
February 22, 2012 |
DENVER — Paul Stastny scored two goals, Semyon Varlamov stopped 32 shots and the Colorado Avalanche picked up a 4-1 victory Wednesday night for their first season sweep of the Kings in nearly two decades. Mark Olver and Jay McClement also scored for the Avalanche, which has won three straight at home and moved to within two points of the Kings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Colorado was 4-0 against the Kings this season, the first time the team has swept the series since 1992-93, when the franchise was in Quebec.
May 12, 2013 |
There was a good deal of playoff chatter around the Kings training facility Sunday morning. After an abbreviated skate, with the team still waiting to hear about its second-round matchup, players imagined the excitement of a freeway series against the Ducks. They talked about facing a familiar - and tough - opponent in the San Jose Sharks. Dwight King had no preference either way. He was just hoping for a happy ending. "In the playoffs, you have more eyes on you," he said.
November 8, 2013 |
They are hockey's equivalent of a quick cleaning, a sure-fire way to spiff up the place before getting to the serious stuff later. Yes, things often look a lot better after a game against the struggling Buffalo Sabres. The Kings have been struggling on the penalty kill, dealing with injuries to forwards Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene and inconsistency. Those concerns eased Thursday night after the Kings beat Buffalo, 2-0, sparked by power-play goals from centers Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar at Staples Center.