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April 10, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
They met six times this season, with each team winning three. However, two of the Kings' victories were in shootouts and the shootout isn't used in the playoffs. The Kings lost the first game, 6-3, at San Jose on Nov. 15, got a 24-save shutout from Jonathan Quick in a 4-0 win on Dec. 27, were shut out by Antti Niemi on Jan. 1, won in a shootout at Staples Center on Jan. 26 and again by shootout at home on March 24, and were routed, 6-1, at San Jose last Monday. Regular-season records KINGS: 46-30-6; SHARKS: 48-25-9.
April 8, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Kings-Ducks tonight When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West, Ch. 56; Radio: 1150, 710. Records: Ducks 45-30-5, Kings 46-28-6 before Friday's matchup. Season series: Kings 2-1-1, Ducks 2-2 before Friday's matchup. Update: This is the regular-season finale for both teams. Through Thursday, the Kings are 25-12-3 at home, including 10-3-2 in their last 15 home games. Their club record for home wins in a season is 26, set in 1990-91 and equaled in 2005-06.
February 22, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: FS West, KDOC; Radio: 1150, 830. Records: Kings 32-23-4, Ducks 32-24-4. Record vs. Kings: 1-1. Update: This ends a stretch of 10 consecutive road games for the Kings, who are a more-than-respectable 5-1-3 after a shootout loss to the New York Rangers last Thursday and a regulation loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday. Goaltender Jonathan Quick, 7-1-1 in his last nine games, is scheduled to start.
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 | By Mike DiGiovanna
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 | By Helene Elliott
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 | By Helene Elliott
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 | By Helene Elliott
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 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
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 MarĂ­a 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."
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