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April 18, 2014 | HELENE ELLIOTT
A power outage darkened the SAP Center on Thursday night shortly before the Kings and San Jose Sharks were scheduled to warm up for their playoff opener, leaving the crowd murmuring in confusion and forcing antsy players to wait in corridors illuminated by dim backup lights while they wondered what to do next. About six minutes later the lights came back on and the teams took to the ice. For the Kings, everything went downhill from there. Their 6-3 loss to the Sharks was by far their worst this season.
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April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Riverside King boys' basketball Coach Tim Sweeney Jr., one of the most successful in the Inland Empire, announced in a news release Friday he has been asked to step down by his school administration, and he cited issues involving the booster club as a key reason. Sweeney, the head coach for 14 years, won three Southern Section titles and a state title in 2002. His team won a Southern Section 1A title this last season, and he gave hints of issues at the winning news conference, saying he had been close to resigning.
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April 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - This was like a nasty flashback, one bad journey into the darkness for Kings fans. The loyal old-timers have scar tissue around the old wound - long ago playoff blowouts, losses to the likes of the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames in the late '80s and early '90s. Undoubtedly, the latest cut will take time to heal. The Kings were thoroughly outplayed in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals as the San Jose Sharks defeated them, 6-3, at the SAP Center on Thursday night.
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April 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Keys to the best-of-seven series between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks: 1. CAPTAIN OF CONTROVERSY: Kings captain Dustin Brown's ability to stay on course will be tested in the heated confines of SAP Center. "I'm prepared for the battle that it'll be - regardless of the history," he said, referring to his knee-on-knee hit on Tomas Hertl in December that sidelined the dynamic rookie until last week. "Generally, if they [the fans] hate you, it's because you're doing certain things that are expected of you. " 2. DEFENSE FIRST: How will Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who was injured at San Jose on April 3, respond after missing the final four games of the regular season?
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April 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Maybe it took going to Sochi for the Winter Olympics and getting out of the grinding day-to-day NHL routine to get a slightly different look at the abilities of goalie Jonathan Quick. After all, Kings captain Dustin Brown has been there through the evolution of Quick's career, starting when Quick was one of seven goalies to play for the Kings in the rough 2007-08 season and hitting the top rung when the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 with Quick as the playoff most valuable player.
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April 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Change or end up in a culvert: NHL style. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was talking recently about the challenges of his profession, the changing nature of hockey, and put as fine a point on it as possible. He has coached 1,039 regular-season games, been in the playoffs 13 times and won the Stanley Cup two years ago with the Kings. From the start - coaching in Chicago to San Jose to Calgary and finally, Los Angeles - Sutter has evolved with the times and the players. "Anybody that has had success over a long time, it's not just the game that's changed," Sutter said.
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April 13, 2014 | Broderick Turner
It was a win. That was all that mattered to the Clippers. The intensity was lacking for the most part, but the Clippers still worked hard enough for a 117-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. No one really expected the Clippers to play with the same passion against a Kings team going nowhere as they displayed Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that had playoff implications. "Certain games are a little tougher than others just because one team might not be playing for anything and one team might," said Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 27 points on nine-for-15 shooting and nine assists.
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April 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Controversy usually unfolds AFTER a playoff series starts. But it's already there, riding shotgun with the Kings and Sharks, who will be meeting for the third time in the postseason in the last four years. This all has to do with the knee-on-knee collision between Kings captain Dustin Brown and the Sharks' dynamic rookie Tomas Hertl on Dec. 19. Hertl, who required knee surgery, returned to action last week. Sharks fans haven't forgotten. Nor has Hertl, who told Bay Area reporters: "Playoff time, it's more important, because it's L.A. I not much like L.A. this season.
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April 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
There is one small downside to winning the William M. Jennings Trophy, according to Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. The Jennings award goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. " It had never been won by a Kings' goalie and Quick won it outright when the Boston Bruins allowed three goals Sunday in their final game of the season, bringing their total to 177. Los Angeles allowed 174 goals this season. "The goalie is nominated to make the speech at the awards there, but the team gave up the least amount of goals in the league," Quick said on Saturday night.
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April 12, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
They paid tribute to his “class and charisma,” and the Kings sent Finnish icon Teemu Selanne of the Ducks off with a whimsical gift in a pregame ceremony honoring Selanne's career. A standup paddleboard. Selanne is not going off into the sunset on his board - where he can presumably hang with buddy and former teammate and avid surfer, Paul Kariya - just yet. BOX SCORE: Ducks 4, Kings 3 (SO) The Staples Center fans may not have seen the last of Selanne, who will be retiring after the season and did not play against the Kings on Saturday.
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