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April 23, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers guards Nick Young and Jordan Farmar are enjoying the off-season, making appearances at a Kings game at Staples Center on Tuesday and taking in a Dodgers game Wednesday. Young and Farmar grew up in Los Angeles -- Young played for Cleveland High School in Reseda while Farmar went to Taft in Woodland Hills. Both joined the Lakers last summer. Farmar, originally drafted in 2006 with the 26th overall pick by the team, was in his second stint after playing overseas in Turkey.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The Kings are the only team in the Western Conference to be mired in a 3-0 playoff hole, which is why there was more talk Wednesday about 2010 than their 2012 Stanley Cup championship resume. There is something special about rallying from an 3-0 series deficit, so extraordinary that it has happened only three times in NHL history. Current Kings Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are members of that select club, having accomplished the feat when they were with the Philadelphia Flyers, who pulled off the trick against the Boston Bruins in 2010.
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April 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Were they grasping at straws or coaxing small embers into becoming flames when the Kings repeatedly pointed out that their best players played better in the team's third straight playoff loss to San Jose than in the first two defeats? Better, in this case, is a relative term. And despite a more intense and effective effort by the top players who must carry the load, the Kings still lost, 4-3, in overtime. Now, they must defeat the Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center to avoid being swept - and to prolong a season that only a few weeks ago held great promise for another long postseason run. "It's a good opportunity for us to show - everybody's kind of writing us off right now - a good opportunity to show how resilient we are right now as a group," forward Mike Richards said Wednesday after the Kings' optional practice in El Segundo.
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April 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Almost everyone who knows Kings defenseman Drew Doughty realizes - quite quickly - that he wants to be on the ice as much as possible. In fact, Doughty was often after Kings Coach Darryl Sutter to use him in shootouts during the regular season. Doughty had another message after Tuesday's morning skate, several hours before Game 3 of the Kings' first-round playoff series against San Jose at Staples Center. More ice time. The issue came up in relation to the experiment of Game 2, in which the Kings dressed seven defensemen.
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April 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
He happens to be the kind of hard-working, energetic player coaches like and trust, so it is not entirely surprising that forward Colin Fraser was recalled by the Kings on Tuesday. The timing was slightly surprising, though, coming on the eve of Game 3 of the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks. Fraser had been sent down to the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 9, and it seemed like he might never get the call to come back. “There's always the hope you get called up,” Fraser said after Tuesday's morning skate at Staples Center.
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April 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
What started as a game of crazy bounces and deflections ended precisely that way in overtime and put the Kings on the verge of a stunning playoff elimination. Sharks star forward Patrick Marleau didn't get much on a backhand effort, but he didn't need to do so. His slow shot deflected off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov at 6 minutes 20 seconds of overtime past goalie Jonathan Quick, giving San Jose a 4-3 win over the Kings in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series Tuesday night at Staples Center.
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April 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Kings tried to reestablish their identity Tuesday and climb back into their first-round playoff series against San Jose. However, the resilient but still-flawed performance now leaves them facing an early end to their season. And, maybe, to an era. It wasn't enough that they shook off the two beatdowns they had absorbed in the first two games at San Jose and put together strong stretches Tuesday at Staples Center. Patrick Marleau's backhander off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 6 minutes and 20 seconds into overtime gave San Jose a 4-3 victory and put the Kings on the brink of being swept out of the playoffs.
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April 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Gather 'round for a history lesson, of bright playoff campaigns gone bad . . . and gone south, fast. Sunday night's debacle at San Jose wasn't the first time the Kings have given up seven consecutive goals in a playoff game. It happened during, of all things, the Wayne Gretzky era when his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, beat the Kings, 7-0, in Game 1 of a second-round series in 1990. That team featured Gretzky, Luc Robitaille (now a team president), Rob Blake (now a Kings assistant general manager)
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April 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE -- Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart played in 63 games for the Kings in 2007-08, a rough campaign in which the Kings won 32 games, the final season of Marc Crawford's tenure as coach. But it wasn't altogether forgettable. Staurt remembered goalie Jonathan Quick's NHL debut, a win against Buffalo in December. He also had a first-hand view of an emerging Anze Kopitar, who was then in his second NHL season with the Kings. “He was a really skilled player when I was there,” Stuart said after the Sharks' morning skate on Sunday, hours before Game 2. “But I knew from his character that he was going to take the next step.
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April 19, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One of the lasting impressions of Game 1 between the Kings and San Jose was the sight of fourth-line Sharks agitator Mike Brown leaning hard with his shoulder into Kings defenseman Slava Voynov , knocking Voynov into Kings goalie Jonathan Quick . Quick went clattering to the side of the net and chaos ensued, not even five minutes into the series. That welcome-to-the-playoffs moment on Thursday night may have stood out, but it was hardly the only defining physical example in the Sharks' 6-3 win. "I think they're trying to run a lot of our top players," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said.
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