December 26, 2010
Kings and Ducks tonight When: 6. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West, Radio: 830, 1150. Records: Kings 20-12-1, Ducks 18-16-4. Season series: Ducks lead, 1-0. Update: The Kings return from the Christmas break to play four games in five days. They are 6-2-1 against the Ducks since Jan. 8, 2009, and are 4-0-2 in their last six home games against the Ducks since Oct. 14, 2008. With a 12-2-1 home record, the Kings matched the franchise-best home record after 15 games.
December 22, 2010 |
It was a meaningless goal, really, a power-play effort that capped a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night, but to Kings Coach Terry Murray , it was a thing of beauty and, he hopes, a sign of things to come. The Kings tend to get too fine with the puck sometimes, especially on the power play, opting for the extra pass instead of the shot, but that all changed with just under three minutes left in Colorado. Jarret Stoll won a faceoff in the Avalanche end, drawing the puck to teammate Jack Johnson at the blue line.
December 20, 2010 |
Marco Sturm will be eased into his Kings debut and first game since he underwent major surgery on his right knee in May. Coach Terry Murray changed his mind about placing Sturm on the top line and instead will put him on the fourth line, likely with Trevor Lewis at center and Alexei Ponikarovsky on the right, against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. The top-line left wing will be Brad Richardson , who had a hat trick here Oct. 23. "I had that in the back of my mind," Murray said.
December 6, 2010 |
When the Kings recalled defenseman Alec Martinez from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on Nov. 23, he feared he was leaving his housemates in the lurch. "I keep sending them rent checks so I'm not dogging them on that," said Martinez, who shared a place with several other Kings prospects. "I actually left them a check. " The way he's playing, his room in Manchester will be vacant for a while. Martinez scored the tying goal and set up the winner Saturday in the Kings' 3-2 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings, a standout effort in a solid team performance.
October 22, 2010 |
Kings Coach Terry Murray had to clear his throat twice before he could answer a question about the team's power play. That's one more "ahem" than power-play successes the Kings have had this season. "No, it's not a good thing," he said of their league-worst 4.6% success rate, on one goal in 22 chances. "It's not a good thing [as far as] the result, but there have been power plays that we've been very good on. Power-play breakouts have been, I think, tremendous throughout the year.
June 2, 2010 |
Pentimenti are the shadows of images covered over by later brushwork that sometimes emerge in old paintings. As all good Lillian Hellman fans know, the word derives from the Italian "pentirsi" — to repent — which suggests that the artist reconsidered an earlier choice. It does nothing to undermine the warm, exuberant triumph that Oscar Hijuelos has achieved in his much-anticipated new novel, "Beautiful María of My Soul," to say that it is a kind of pentimento on his hugely successful 1989 book, "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love."
February 19, 2010 |
Jonas Hiller stopped Sidney Crosby the first time he faced the Penguins' superstar in the shootout that decided the Switzerland-Canada preliminary round Olympic matchup Thursday, but international rules allowed Canada to send Crosby out for a second try. That time, Crosby prevailed and so did Canada, 3-2. "He's a great player, no doubt about it," Hiller said. As in so many games in this hockey tournament, players from the Ducks and the Kings figured prominently in Thursday's events.
February 2, 2010
Kings tonight VS. N.Y. RANGERS When : 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 33-19-3, Rangers 25-24-7. Record vs. Rangers: 0-1-0. Update: The Kings return home after sweeping a five-game trip for the first time in club history. They've won six straight and eight of their last nine, but they were 3-4 on their last homestand. Anze Kopitar has points in six straight games.
December 30, 2009
Kings tonight AT CALGARY When: 6:30 PST. Where: Pengrowth Saddledome. On the air: Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 22-14-3, Flames 21-12-5. Record vs. Flames: 1-2. Update: Center Jarret Stoll accompanied the team on this two-game trip but hasn't fully recovered from a groin injury and isn't expected to play. Defenseman Randy Jones stayed home with wooziness but the Kings aren't calling his injury a concussion. The Kings' 4-3 loss to Minnesota on Monday was their third in a row and fourth in five games.
October 4, 2009 |
The Kings approached this season with hope, stability and a lineup that oozes promise at every position. The Phoenix Coyotes approached this season with Coach Dave Tippett in place for only a week, no clue about where they'll play next season and a hodgepodge lineup sprinkled with untried kids and retreads. The clueless team Saturday was the Kings, whose defense collapsed in a 6-3 season-opening loss before a stunned sellout crowd at Staples Center. "This is definitely not the start we wanted," Anze Kopitar said.