November 20, 2013 |
Ben Scrivens didn't mind that his shutout streak ended Tuesday, not with the way the Kings are surging. They dominated the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, at Staples Center, as five Kings scored goals. "I want to win more than I want shutouts," Scrivens said. Scrivens, the red-hot fill-in goalie, and the Kings just keep winning — four in a row, and 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Tuesday's victory pulled the Kings (15-6-1) to within one point of the Pacific Division-leading Ducks.
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.
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.
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.
February 25, 2012 |
Dustin Brown has endured a difficult week. The Kings' captain battled a case of flu, heard Coach Darryl Sutter say he had become stale offensively, and found himself the subject of persistent trade rumors. He responded Saturday night with a commanding performance that should make him and Sutter feel a lot better and quiet some of the rampant speculation. Brown scored the Kings' first three goals against Chicago for a natural hat trick, the third hat trick of his career, and assisted on their final goal in a 4-0 rout of the surprisingly listless Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center.
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.
May 23, 2013 |
Thursday's game-day skate at Staples Center was mandatory for the Kings, who are hoping to retain home-ice advantage and take the lead in their Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. The series is even at 2-2 entering Thursday's game at Staples Center. Coach Darryl Sutter doesn't always make game-day skates mandatory, but he did on Thursday. Showing up in the first period Thursday night should be mandatory for the Kings, too, after repeated slow starts.
May 31, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Center Jarret Stoll, who has been out of the Kings' lineup since he suffered a concussion in the opener of the team's second-round playoff series against San Jose, practiced for a while on a regular line Friday as the Kings prepared to open the Western Conference finals Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. However, Stoll did not absorb any contact - the next step in concussion recovery before returning to action - and it's not clear whether he will play in Game 1. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter declined to provide an update on Stoll's condition when asked Friday at a pre-series news conference held at a hotel near O'Hare Airport.