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.
May 7, 2012 |
Two Pacific division teams with bleak playoff histories will meet for the Western Conference championship. The Kings, who earned their berth in the final four on Sunday with a sweep of the St. Louis Blues, will face the Phoenix Coyotes, who finished off a five-game elimination of the Nashville Predators on Monday with a 2-1 victory at Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes, who ended a 25-year, two-city playoff drought when they ousted the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, advanced Monday on the strength of a 32-save performance by goaltender Mike Smith.
April 6, 2012 |
When: 7:30. Where: HP Pavilion. On the air: TV: Channel 13; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 40-27-14, Sharks 42-29-10 Record vs. Sharks: 2-1-2. Update: The Kings clinched a playoff spot not long before they took the ice Thursday and that knowledge ended up taking the edge off all those weeks of desperation. "It was a little bit of a deflater," Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi. "Because you had that attitude that you are on edge, you are on edge the whole time and then the score comes in and, maybe subconsciously, you take your foot off the gas a little bit. I can only speak for myself.
March 29, 2012 |
The Alberta high couldn't even last 24 hours for the Kings. Forward Jeff Carter , acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets shortly before the league's trade deadline, injured his ankle late in Wednesday's resounding 3-0 win against the Flames at Calgary. From what Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi was saying, it sounded as though Carter would not be able to play Friday at Edmonton. Still the team is calling the injury day to day. "It happened late, but he was able to finish the game," a glum-sounding Lombardi said on Thursday afternoon in a telephone interview.
March 22, 2012 |
Finally, the Kings have become the team they were designed to be: hard-hitting but not reckless, skillful but capable of mucking and grinding when need be — and a division leader with the potential for a long playoff run. Goaltender Jonathan Quick came up big for them Thursday in a 1-0 shootout victory over the league-leading St. Louis Blues, but he has done that all season. What's different now is he gets support every game, maybe not in the form of goals Thursday at Staples Center but in blocked shots and solid defensive play and clutch performances throughout the lineup.
February 22, 2012 |
KINGS TONIGHT At COLORADO When: 6 PST. Where: Pepsi Center. On the air: TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 27-21-12, Avalanche 29-27-4. Record vs. Avalanche: 0-2-1. Update: This will complete a back-to-back sequence for the Kings, who are 3-3-4 in the second game of previous back-to-back sequences. With a goal and an assist Tuesday in a 5-4 shootout loss at Phoenix, Dustin Brown had his first multi-point game since Jan. 14. The Avalanche on Tuesday added depth up front by acquiring gritty Steve Downie from Tampa Bay for defenseman Kyle Quincey, who was traded on to Detroit.