November 19, 2013 |
Ben Scrivens didn't mind that his shutout streak ended Tuesday, not with the way the Kings are surging. They dominated the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, at Staples Center, as five Kings scored goals. “I want to win more than I want shutouts,” Scrivens said. BOX SCORE: Kings 5, Tampa Bay 2 Scrivens, the red-hot fill-in goalie, and the Kings just keep winning - four in a row, and 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Tuesday's victory pulled the Kings (15-6-1)
November 18, 2013 |
What happened after one half of the successful Jeff Carter - Mike Richards collaboration disappeared from the ice? The impact on Richards and the Kings was not as dramatic as conventional wisdom predicted. Carter, who has a fractured foot, last played on Oct. 30 against the San Jose Sharks. Since then, Richards has eight points in seven games, including three goals. Not only was there the loss of Carter, but there was the adjustment period with linemates Dwight King and Tyler Toffoli . Toffoli has been held off the score sheet just once since he joined the Kings from the minors on Nov. 2. "It's tough just getting familiar with who you are playing with - I think Toffoli's done a really good job, having a similar game to Jeff, just a little bit different," Richards said.
November 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- This trip started in upstate New York, a cold goalie coming off the bench in overtime because of an injury to the starter and then staring down the barrel of a shootout. Fast-forward a few days and Ben Scrivens, the man who came in from the cold when Jonathan Quick was injured in Buffalo, became the hottest goalie in the NHL, winning three starts in four nights, including consecutive shutouts. Scrivens recorded his third shutout with an aggressive and often spectacular showing in the Kings' 1-0 victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday night, facing 37 shots.
November 15, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - As Stanley Cup rematches go, this left something to be desired. On Friday night, the Kings played the New Jersey Devils for the first time in almost 17 months - and it was an uninspiring game until late in the third period, finally decided by Dwight King's goal, his sixth of the season, with less than seven minutes to go in regulation. King was stationed in front of Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, when he redirected Jake Muzzin's point shot, and for the second time in the last two nights the Kings were on their way to pulling out a road victory in the third period.
November 14, 2013 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Thievery among friends? Not on this memorable night for the Kings' kids, who sparked their stirring third-period comeback with three consecutive goals, resulting in a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. Afterward, there was still a look of wonder from Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, who had scored his first NHL goal in his first regular-season game, and a wide grin from right wing Tyler Toffoli, the man with the game-winner with 1:27 remaining.
November 13, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi sounded like a man slightly under siege. He was calling from the airport in Toronto, having been there for league meetings with the other general managers and the Olympic advisory panel for Team USA. Reports about Kings' injuries, old and new, kept coming his way. "We've got a nice little gong show going right now," Lombardi said. Front and center was the uncertainty about franchise goalie Jonathan Quick, who was injured in Buffalo on Tuesday night.
November 12, 2013 |
BUFFALO, N.Y. - First, the subplot: The Kings finally lost a shootout, falling, 3-2, as Buffalo won its first home game after nine attempts this season. But that clearly was the secondary storyline in a wildly unusual night in which the Kings lost their No. 1 goalie, Jonathan Quick, to an apparent lower-body injury with 1:20 left in overtime at First Niagara Center on Tuesday. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter indicated after his postgame news conference the planned course of action was to send Quick to Los Angeles for evaluation by team doctors.
November 10, 2013 |
When Kings rookie Linden Vey tumbled over the boards and on to the ice for the first time Thursday, he tried to convince himself it was just another hockey game. "I just wanted to play my game. Go out there and play like I've done thousands of times since I was 4 years old," he said. This game was different, though, because it was Vey's NHL debut, the culmination of a dream he'd carried with him into each of those thousands of games that preceded it. "Growing up in Canada, especially, that's all you want to do. You live, breathe and dream about hockey," Vey, a 22-year-old forward from Saskatchewan, said Friday, about 14 hours after his dream had finally come true.
November 9, 2013 |
Kings center Jarret Stoll skated hard for about an hour at practice Saturday morning, trying to rush back from an upper-body injury that has sidelined him a week. But given the way his replacements played in his absence Saturday night, Stoll might as well take his time. Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli, minor league linemates called up Nov. 2 following injuries to Stoll and forward Jeff Carter, combined for two goals and two assists to spark the Kings to a surprisingly easy 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
November 8, 2013 |
They are hockey's equivalent of a quick cleaning, a sure-fire way to spiff up the place before getting to the serious stuff later. Yes, things often look a lot better after a game against the struggling Buffalo Sabres. The Kings have been struggling on the penalty kill, dealing with injuries to forwards Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene and inconsistency. Those concerns eased Thursday night after the Kings beat Buffalo, 2-0, sparked by power-play goals from centers Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar at Staples Center.