October 6, 2013 |
Once you've been to the top of the mountain, the view from base camp isn't quite as beguiling. In other words: Nothing will quite match last season's home opener, in which the Kings raised their Stanley Cup banner. The Kings play host to the New York Rangers on Monday night in their home opener at Staples Center. "There's always a little bit more energy in the building," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We definitely have to use it to our advantage. It's hard to explain it. When you win a championship - you kind of compare everything - it's not the same.
June 6, 2013 |
The specifics behind the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, their first loss at Staples Center since March 23 and perhaps their final home game this season, were painfully clear. They made bad line changes that contributed to two goals. Had defensive breakdowns that once were uncharacteristic but have been occurring with more frequency as they drag their tired bodies deeper into the Western Conference finals. Made too many turnovers in the neutral zone, where games are often lost or won. From a big-picture perspective, there's one overriding reason they could come home from Chicago on Saturday with no games left on their schedule and no chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
May 28, 2013 |
Dustin Brown remembers the last time he lost the final game of the season, that he was dissatisfied and disappointed and then had to shake hands with players he had just tried to check into submission. The Kings' captain last felt that sensation in 2011, after a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. In 2010, Brown and the Kings were happy simply to be in the playoffs and their six-game loss to Vancouver represented progress. Their six-game dismissal by the Sharks was different, casting doubt on the Kings' long and often painful rebuilding plan.
April 23, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Greetings from hockey country, and just to make the Kings feel more comfortable, the area was nicely blanketed with about four to five inches of snow overnight. Bring on May. And the playoffs, of course. The Kings have three games remaining, including Tuesday night's contest against the Minnesota Wild, and the sight of the regular-season finish line has its benefits. “It's been a grind,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said after Tuesday's morning skate.
July 1, 2012 |
The Zach Parise derby may have turned into a two-day decathlon, but the Kings were realistic about their chances with the New Jersey Devils free-agent star forward, calling the odds of signing him "way too long. " An official with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to comment said Sunday that the team had learned from the pursuit of Brad Richards last summer - he landed with the New York Rangers - and was focusing elsewhere. That focus could end up on Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who has two big fans in Kings Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi.
June 3, 2012 |
— Kings' General Manager Dean Lombardi has gone 36 years since winning his first, and last, Cup. Lombardi, then a student at Ludlow (Mass.) High School, was a member of the Springfield team that won the New England Junior Hockey League to take home the Wallace Cup. So Lombardi is Cup savvy as his team heads into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. "The Wallace Cup? Good memory," Lombardi said. "Not the same as this. " Lombardi chuckled and calculated the angle at the same time, often his modus operandi.