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.
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.
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)
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.