April 27, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - It might be wishful thinking, but Coach Darryl Sutter is hoping the scent of playoff success will revive left wing Dustin Penner when the Kings open their second-round playoff series against theSt. Louis Blues on Saturday at Scottrade Center. Sutter switched wingers toward the end of the Kings' first-round victory over Vancouver, putting Penner alongside Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and placing rookie Dwight King with Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis . The revamped lines will stay together against the Blues, with Sutter looking for Penner to respond to postseason pressure the way he did while playing for the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup championship team.
December 30, 2013 |
CHICAGO -- Defenseman Drew Doughty was pondering why the Kings have had so much trouble against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Then again, who hasn't? The Kings are hardly alone as plenty of teams have struggled at the United Center. "In the past, our team hasn't really shown up for most games at the 'Madhouse,' here or whatever it's called," he said after Monday's morning skate. "We need to be able to show up. We have to be able to beat them in this rink and we haven't in the last five years.
March 25, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Conventional wisdom says a team playing the second game of a back-to-back sequence should tire as the second game progresses. So much for conventional wisdom. The Kings scored three times in the third period Tuesday and then converted both of their shootout attempts against Jaroslav Halak to earn a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, one day after they had wrested a 3-2 victory from the Flyers at Philadelphia. The Kings had taken a 4-3 lead on third-period goals by Dwight King, Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown, but Evgeny Kuznetsov tied it with a shorthanded goal with 41.5 seconds left.
September 25, 2013 |
Kings center Anze Kopitar made two solemn promises this past summer. One was a traditional wedding vow, uttered when he was married to his longtime girlfriend, Ines. The other was a promise he made to the many hockey people who advised him to take advantage of his skills and shoot the puck more often, rather than always looking to pass first. The wedding, in his native Slovenia, went off without a hitch. So far, Kopitar's vow to shoot is a success, as well. Kopitar, who endured an 0-for-16 goal-scoring slump at the end of last season and scored only three times in 18 playoff games, has scored goals in each of his last two preseason games.
May 30, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - He was the player his Kings teammates would have chosen to be in this situation, to have a breakaway in overtime of the Stanley Cup Final, because they knew he would perform as if he were gliding on a pristine glacial lake instead of the choppy ice of the sauna-like Prudential Center. And there Anze Kopitar was, alone in the midst of a huge crowd and two tired, sweaty teams, an almost surreal scenario. Drew Doughty got the puck to Justin Williams, who was along the boards when he chipped a beautiful backhand pass to the middle of the ice. There was nothing between Kopitar and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur but the sticky air and a few dozen feet of ice. "Everybody jumped up in anticipation," said Kings winger Dwight King, who was watching from the bench.
March 20, 2012 |
If a team is going to get hot during an 82-game there's probably no better time than now, as the Kings have been doing with the season winding down and the playoffs approaching. “It would have been better in January,” Coach Darryl Sutter said, and he was being mostly serious. While stabilizing the lineup and finding their offensive footing earlier would have spared Sutter some gray hairs and saved players some anxiety, it didn't happen until the last few weeks. Adding forward Jeff Carter in a trade with Columbus allowed for better balance on the first three lines; promoting young forwards Jordan Nolan and Dwight King and puck-moving defenseman Slava Voynov from the American Hockey League has brought speed to a team that had precious little of that valuable commodity.
May 2, 2012 |
Departing from their routine, the Kings planned to stay at a downtown hotel Wednesday night and conduct their morning skate at Staples Center before Game 3 of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. Goaltender Jonathan Quick saw a big benefit beyond making players feel as if they're on the road, where they're 5-0 in postseason play. "I think it's more like we want our rink to feel like it's our rink," he said Wednesday. "We've never practiced there. Four years I've been here, we've never practiced there.
December 20, 2013
He was becoming almost predictable. All that winning. Victory after victory. Even his shutouts were starting to lose that certain surprise factor. And so, in his seventh NHL start, Kings goalie Martin Jones unveiled another skill: some offense. Jones picked up his first NHL point when he had the second assist on rookie forward Tyler Toffoli's second-period goal in the Kings' 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Kings have won eight of their last nine games and have given up two goals or fewer in 20 of the last 21 games.
January 16, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS -- On a night when the Kings and St. Louis Blues between them showcased more than a dozen players who were chosen to participate in the Sochi Olympics hockey tournament, a player who was invited to the U.S. Olympic orientation camp but didn't make the final roster was the standout. Forward Trevor Lewis, who's usually energetic but is rarely rewarded on the scoresheet, scored twice early in the third period as the Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, on Thursday at Scottrade Center.
December 14, 2013 |
OTTAWA, Canada -- The Kings scored three times in the first period and held off a push by the Senators to earn a 5-2 victory on Saturday at the Canadian Tire Center, extending their winning streak to six and sustaining several other noteworthy streaks. It was the 18th consecutive game in which the Kings gave up two goals or fewer, and the 18th straight in which they did not surrender a goal in the first period. They're 13-1-4 in that span. They also padded their road points streak to 10 (8-0-2)