October 15, 2011 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Richards had a triumphant return to Philadelphia, assisting on Jack Johnson's winning power-play goal at 1:39 of overtime to lift the Los Angeles Kings past the Flyers, 3-2, on Saturday night. Richards returned to Philadelphia for the first time since his shocking trade in June. Richards was the Flyers captain and led them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010. He heard mostly cheers during his pregame introduction and a huge ovation when the Flyers thanked him on the big screen for his years of service.
September 17, 2011 |
Despite the absence of unsigned defenseman Drew Doughty , the Kings said their first day of training camp in El Segundo was business as usual. "The plans do not change at all," Coach Terry Murray said Saturday. "We're going to miss Doughty. I wish he was here to be a part of it. He's a very important player, a big part of the locker room. He's a fun guy to be around. He's a great player for us but the plan does not change for the training camp. We have to get ready for the start of the year.
March 25, 2011 |
Red Paden was pouring Bulleit bourbon into little plastic cups, one for him, one for his buddy Antonio Coburn. It was just the two of them inside Red's Blues Club, arguably the last of the real Mississippi Delta juke joints, set downtown between a weedy graveyard and the lush eastern bank of the Sunflower River. They were mourning Big Jack Johnson, Red's best friend, star attraction ? and, arguably, the last of the great Delta bluesmen. The pair sat at a table next to the worn carpet, patterned like a loud tie, which serves as a kind of stage, and upon which Big Jack had stomped out countless rhythms.
February 3, 2011 |
Drew Doughty was credited with the first two-goal game of his career Thursday, nearly 12 hours after the final horn sounded on the Kings' 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The hard-shooting defenseman fired a pair of vicious one-timers at the net in the second period of Wednesday's game in Edmonton, but each time teammate Ryan Smyth ? an Alberta native who spent 12 years with the Oilers ? was credited with redirecting the shot into the goal. "Captain Canada," Doughty said with a smile.
February 2, 2011 |
Reporting from Edmonton, Canada ? Pity the poor Edmonton Oilers. Not only is the once-proud franchise buried deep in the Western Conference cellar, but it's on pace for its worst full-season record. And as if that wasn't enough, Wednesday they lost a game when a former teammate, Ryan Smyth, was credited with goals on two plays in which he said he never touched the puck. The result was a 3-1 victory by the Kings that kept them in the thick of the conference playoff chase. Which is why no one in the Kings' dressing room seemed to care how the puck got into the net, as long it got there.
January 17, 2011 |
The Kings provided too many opportunities, then couldn't cash in on the one handed to them. Once again the search for answers began, after the Dallas Stars held on for a 2-1 victory Monday when goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped Jack Johnson's penalty shot with 52 seconds left. Kings Coach Terry Murray said his team lost the "puck possession" struggle. Center Anze Kopitar said the team was "flat" until the final minutes. Johnson was to the point: "I thought I made a good move.
January 8, 2011 |
The Kings reached the halfway point of the season Saturday with an ugly victory that resembled the ups and downs of the preceding three months. More important, they secured the services of defenseman Jack Johnson for seven years with a contract extension that will kick in next season. Following their too-well established pattern, the Kings started forcefully but made a series of errors to turn what should have been a romp into a serious dose of anxiety. The Blue Jackets twice pulled to within a goal in the third period but the Kings held on for a 6-4 triumph that ended their season-worst losing streak at five games and halted a four-game losing streak on this homestand.
December 11, 2010 |
It's no secret that Los Angeles can be a tough sell for NHL free agents looking for a place to play. And that confounds defenseman Rob Scuderi. "For the life of me, I can't understand why," says Scuderi, who left Pittsburgh for Los Angeles, signing a four-year $13.6-million contract with the Kings after winning a Stanley Cup two seasons ago. "I could understand if the team was trending down. But I think the team is on its way up. It's a beautiful place to live. The facilities are top of the line.
November 29, 2010 |
The Kings' best players were among their worst players Monday, and that explains a lot about a slump that has deepened to seven losses in eight games. Their best players are the most talented, the ones who can get by on skill and sometimes try to do that without adding diligence or concentration. Cornerstone defensemen Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson have been guilty of that lately, making poor decisions and bad reads that have ranged from ill-advised to outright baffling. Their struggles have had a ripple effect that has been magnified since injuries took Willie Mitchell and Alexei Ponikarovsky out of the lineup.
October 13, 2010
POP MUSIC Jack Johnson The singer-songwriter returns to Santa Barbara ? the Hawaii native is a UCSB alumnus, class of '97 ? to play back-to-back shows of his breezy yet increasingly ambitious beach-folk. Johnson shares the bill Wednesday with G. Love & Special Sauce, whom the surfer often cites as one of his greatest influences, and ALO on Thursday. Santa Barbara Bowl , 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara. 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $64. (805) 962-7411. www.sbbowl.