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.
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.