December 5, 2013 |
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi just had to pass along another Darryl Sutter story. A daily dose of Darryl. This one had to do with the NHL debut of Kings goalie Martin Jones. There was still a substantial buzz following his standout performance, winning against the Ducks on Tuesday and surviving a nine-round shootout. He shut down down all the Ducks, including captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. “It was funny the way Darryl told him he was going to play,” Lombardi said.
May 13, 2012 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dustin Brown continued to build his playoff reputation and the Kings again thrived on the road. The Kings captain had a first-period assist and then scored the game-winning goal 2 minutes and 11 seconds into the third period in a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday at Jobing.com Arena in the Western Conference final opener.. It was the Kings' sixth road victory during these Stanley Cup playoffs and eighth in a row dating to last postseason. With the score tied, 2-2, Slava Voynov found a streaking Brown, who barreled in from center ice and flicked a wrist shot past Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith.
October 2, 2013 |
Kings captain Dustin Brown will renew acquaintances with Minnesota forward Jason Pominville on Thursday after earning a two-game suspension last season for an April 23 elbow to Pominville's head. Will the Wild fans be calling for Brown's head this time? “Who knows? I wasn't even thinking about it until you brought it up,” Brown said Wednesday. “Maybe, I don't know. It's up to them. It probably always is that way after something like that happens. Part of the game.” What about retribution from Minnesota players?
June 8, 2013 |
CHICAGO -- Even though the health of Mike Richards -- will he or won't he play? -- dominated the news out of the Kings' camp in the hours before Game 5 of their Western Conference finals playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, there were other noteworthy developments. Struggling Kings center Anze Kopitar, who had been dropped to the third line, was reunited with his usual linemates Justin Williams and Dustin Brown, according to the morning line rushes. Jarret Stoll had been centering Williams and Brown on the No. 1 line, but he dropped down to the third line with Dwight King and Trevor Lewis.
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.
November 27, 2013 |
SAN JOSE - The Pacific Division lead might change hands dozens of times before the season ends, but knowing that the winner of Wednesday's game between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks would take over first place added a dash of tension when the teams met at SAP Center. Finishing atop the tough division "is what we wanted to do, set out at training camp to do," Kings center Jarret Stoll said. If that goal seemed unlikely when goaltender Jonathan Quick (groin strain) joined stalwart defenseman Matt Greene (upper-body injury)
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.
March 4, 2012 |
There was little time for the Kings to savor their 4-2 victory over the Ducks on Saturday night, not with the congestion in the Western Conference playoff race. Five teams are separated by five points, from seventh-place Dallas at 75 to 11th-place Calgary at 70. Realistically, there are two slots up for grabs and the Kings are three points behind the Stars and trail eighth-place San Jose by a point. "There ain't no weak sisters," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said Sunday after practice.
May 17, 2012 |
The Phoenix Coyotes finally had a chance to exhale after taking it in the solar plexus the first two games of the Western Conference finals. That giddy feeling, and a 1-0 lead, lasted 2 minutes 7 seconds for those counting. Dustin Brown spotted Anze Kopitar cruising up ice and a moment later the Kings had tied the score, 1-1. It was somewhat redundant. Brown, Kopitar and linemate Justin Williams have consistently done what the Kings ask of them - play like their top line.