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June 23, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The Jonathan Bernier auction ended Sunday morning with the Kings sending their No. 2 goalie to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for two players and a future draft choice. They received forward Matt Frattin, goalie Ben Scrivens and a second-round pick. The draft pick from the Maple Leafs could be in 2014 or 2015, at Toronto's option. Bernier, who has long sought to be a No. 1 goalie, will get that chance in Toronto. He moves  away from the long shadow of Kings starter Jonathan Quick, who was the playoff MVP in the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup last year.
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April 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the verge of winning the Jennings Trophy, which goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against. " The oddity is that Quick has played only 47 games. Ben Scrivens played 19 before the Kings traded him to Edmonton, and Martin Jones has played 18. It's a significant award and would be a first for the Kings.
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September 23, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Jonathan Quick's timing was pitch perfect. The Kings goalie was talking about the now-famous goalie fight on Sunday night between two guys he knows quite well, the Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller and former teammate Jonathan Bernier, now of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And how about Quick's most-memorable scrap? "Me?" he said, pausing. "Off the ice or on the ice?" Well played. For the record, he said he had not been in a full-on fight on the ice where "you square off with anyone.
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March 10, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Shots aren't going in. There's great frustration with the power-play failures. The Western Conference lead has slipped away. And their old coach beat them. The Ducks are sitting squarely in what Coach Bruce Boudreau classified Monday as a funk after their 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Coach Randy Carlyle at Honda Center. BOX SCORE: Maple Leafs 3, Ducks 1 After two shootout losses to Montreal and Pittsburgh, the Ducks were done in by the very enemies they'd practiced for. Toronto forward Phil Kessel, who torched them for a hat trick in October, returned to score a goal and contribute two assists.
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March 5, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
First, happy birthday to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who turned 55 on Tuesday. “He's eligible for a pension,” Coach Darryl Sutter said. No one is about to pension him off just yet. The Kings approached Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center - the second of a rare back-to-back sequence at home - having won six of their previous seven games and eight of their previous 10. That put them in a cluster of six Western Conference teams tied with 24 points and ranked them fifth because they've played fewer games than most of their rivals and have more regulation and overtime wins (10)
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February 15, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Youth is relative, except when it comes to NHL defensemen. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter strongly subscribes to the theory that it takes young defensemen more time to adjust to the big leagues than it would take a young forward, a popular belief among coaches. He still considers Drew Doughty a young defenseman even though Doughty, at 23, is playing his fifth NHL season and has an Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup championship on his resume. “That's not me saying that - that's a fact.
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March 27, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
ST. LOUIS — Jake Allen , Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott … How about the Kings countering with Jonathan Quick , Jonathan Bernier … and Bill Ranford ? "Hey, St. Louis is carrying three goalies. We are too," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said, joking. Ranford, the 46-year-old Kings assistant coach, was pressed into goalie duty during the Kings' practice at Scottrade Center on Wednesday because of backup goalie Bernier's absence. Bernier has been home in Canada following the death of his grandmother.
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March 31, 2013 | Helene Elliott
DALLAS - Jonathan Bernier played goal Sunday with a heavy heart, still grieving the recent death of his maternal grandmother, Georgette St-Gelais. "It's never an easy time to go through," said Bernier, who missed the Kings' trip to the White House last week to go to Canada and join his family in mourning. "I played that game for her. I think she'll appreciate that. " Bernier faced only 15 shots Sunday, but his emotionally taxing effort was one of many contributions the Kings needed to earn a 3-2 victory at American Airlines Center, their first win over the Stars in three meetings this season.
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March 12, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Jonathan Bernier is likely to start in goal for the Kings on Friday night against the Stars while Jonathan Quick is in Los Angeles awaiting the birth of his first child, a girl. Quick left the team early Thursday after his wife, Jaclyn , went into labor. Bernier, who played four games with the Kings early in the 2007-08 season, was recalled from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. He arrived in Dallas on Thursday night. Quick's backup, Erik Ersberg , hasn't played since Feb. 11, but Bernier played Wednesday and has a 26-18-5 record, 2.08 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and eight shutouts in 50 games.
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February 11, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Kings today AT WASHINGTON When: 9:30 a.m. PST Where: Verizon Center. On the air: TV: FS West, Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 29-22-3, Capitals 29-16-10. Record vs. Capitals (2009-10): 1-0-0. Update: Jonathan Bernier is scheduled to start in goal for the Kings, who are 2-0-2 in a stretch of 10 consecutive road games. Bernier is winless in his last two starts, but the Kings scored only one goal in those games. His last win was a 24-save performance against Edmonton on Jan. 15. Left wing Marco Sturm remains on injured reserve and won't play.
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March 5, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
It took several years and a stop in New York and a more recent move to Columbus, but Marian Gaborik finally became a Los Angeles King. Gaborik was interested in the Kings a long time ago, and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi had toyed with the idea of bringing in the forward with game-breaking potential. Timing is everything and it all finally came together shortly before Wednesday's trade deadline. Lombardi acquired Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for underperforming forward Matt Frattin and conditional draft picks.
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January 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Faced with an oversupply of good goaltenders, the Kings on Wednesday traded Ben Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in this year's entry draft. The move, announced after the team practiced at El Segundo, wasn't surprising because of Jonathan Quick's return to top form after a groin strain and the emergence of rookie Martin Jones as a capable NHL goalie. Jones was recalled from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League and was expected to meet the Kings in St. Louis for the start of their four-game trip.
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December 23, 2013 | Helene Elliott
For decades the Kings simply couldn't draft and develop an elite goaltender. Their two best goalies were established players acquired through trades: Rogie Vachon was a three-time Stanley Cup champion when the Kings got him from Montreal in November 1971, and Kelly Hrudey had 241 games of NHL experience when the Kings got him from the New York Islanders in February 1989. Some goalies the Kings drafted never reached the NHL. Some played a few games. Some found success elsewhere: Billy Smith, a 1970 fifth-round pick, was claimed by the Islanders in the 1972 expansion draft and won four titles with them.
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December 11, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
TORONTO - The Kings did goaltender Jonathan Bernier a favor when they traded him to the Maple Leafs last summer and he got a chance to become an NHL starter. But on Wednesday, they reminded him of the depth and quality of the team he left behind. Kings rookie goalie Martin Jones won his fourth straight start, stopping 38 shots as the Kings defeated Bernier and the Maple Leafs, 3-1, at the Air Canada Center and extended their winning streak to five games. Jones' personal shutout streak ended at 177 minutes 16 seconds when Toronto scored during a two-man advantage in the second period.
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October 13, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
SUNRISE, Fla.  - Even though Kings goalie Ben Scrivens was surrounded by the media in the hallway after recording a shutout, teammate Willie Mitchell managed to penetrate the scrum with a pertinent observation. "The Professor," the defenseman said, slyly, adding Scrivens had given a lesson in perfection. Again. GAME SUMMARY: Kings 3, Panthers 0 Scrivens has a habit of doing this against Florida. Two of his three shutouts in the NHL have come against the Panthers.
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October 7, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week. Pluses + Fans in Winnipeg came out to greet Teemu Selanne when the Ducks arrived at their hotel at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and gave him a standing ovation when the Jets showed a tribute video during Sunday's game. It was the last regular-season visit by Selanne, who began his career there by scoring 76 goals as a Jets rookie in the 1992-93 season. + Start planning the Stanley Cup parade in Toronto.
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October 19, 2010 | By Robyn Norwood
Kings tonight VS. CAROLINA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 3-1-0, Hurricanes, 3-2-0. Record vs. Hurricanes (2009-10): 1-0-0. Update: Jonathan Bernier makes his second start in goal, with Coach Terry Murray opting to put unbeaten Jonathan Quick in net on Thursday at Phoenix. The Hurricanes started the season with two games in Finland and since have played at Ottawa and Vancouver and are coming off a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.
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April 2, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Hockey's time-honored mentality dictates that no matter the injury, you tape an aspirin to it and go back out there. No self-respecting player would beg out of a game because he's tired. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick , who has played a career-high 4,041 minutes, did not ask to sit while Jonathan Bernier started and won the last two games. But Quick said Friday having time to refine his game will benefit him Saturday night when he faces the Ducks at Staples Center with the Kings' magic number to clinch a playoff spot at four points.
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September 23, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
Jonathan Bernier didn't hide his enthusiasm when the Kings traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, telling The Times' Lisa Dillman that he was  "very happy to go play for a great club and great organization. " Goalies usually feel that way when they know a starting gig awaits them, but Bernier truly showed his dedication to the Maple Leafs on Sunday by becoming the first Toronto goalie since Felix Potvin (another former King) to engage in a fight. An all-skaters brawl broke out during an exhibition game between the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres, in which Bernier squared up against Buffalo's Ryan Miller.
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September 23, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Sick, in this case, was not a bad thing. The Kings were giving kudos Monday to a former teammate, Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier , who was the man of the hour after his spirited fight against goalie Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. "Sick," said Kings left wing Kyle Clifford , with the knowing smile of an enforcer. Said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty : "That was awesome. I texted him after and told him it was pretty sick. I always knew he [Bernier]
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