March 3, 2014 |
You can use several methods to assess progress but there are the old reliable signposts along the long-and-winding NHL path. There's the first 20 games of a season, the record at Thanksgiving, and on New Year's. This season, there was the mark at the Olympic break, and now at the looming trade deadline. Wednesday, at noon, is the last opportunity for NHL general managers to close their deals. And so the Kings and Montreal played their final game before the window snaps shut and the Kings beat the Canadiens, 2-1, Monday night at Staples Center on goals by defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Jeff Carter, who had the game winner, on a power play in the second period.
March 1, 2014 |
One particular statistic might as well be printed in capital letters and practically leaps off the page. It resonates even more in a tight, stretch-run situation in which points and wins are carefully hoarded. Game-winning goals. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has scored five times this season but two have been game-winners. BOX SCORE: Kings 3, Hurricanes 1 His power-play goal from the slot at 8:15 of the third period put the Kings in front for good and they added an empty-netter from Justin Williams to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.
December 8, 2013 |
One goal: A start, a statement or a momentary deviation? The circumstances behind Dustin Brown's third-period goal against Anaheim on Tuesday might provide insight. It was Brown's second goal in 13 games, an important one for the Kings and their captain — a game-tying goal against their closest rival, the Ducks. On top of it, it was a rare concession by particularly sharp Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. "Everyone wants to score goals, especially when you're struggling," Brown said Friday.
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.
November 5, 2013 |
This was Journalist Darryl on Tuesday. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter managed to enliven what has been a relatively ordinary break in the schedule by telling old stories Sunday, some about his baseball-playing days with his brothers when they were youngsters. Then he turned from storyteller to interrogator, taking a tape recorder from one of the regulars and asking a question Tuesday. This was, in part, to explain the team's schedule and why they had an day off Monday instead of Sunday.
October 30, 2013 |
His arms thrust high … and just like that, the weight seemed to lift off the shoulders of a jubilant Anze Kopitar after his second goal of the season. Nothing quite like an overtime goal against the league's best team to do the trick. The Kings center had broken a season-long scoring drought last week, but his game-winner on the power play at 2 minutes 32 seconds was in a different category, leading the Kings to a 4-3 victory against the San Jose Sharks in overtime on Wednesday night at Staples Center.