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March 24, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PHILADELPHIA - If Flyers fans booed every time Jeff Carter touched the puck Monday, it must have sounded like music to his ears. With extra zip in his step if not revenge in his heart for the acrimonious end to his tenure with the Flyers, Carter scored the Kings' first goal in his first game back at the Wells Fargo Center. Another former Flyer longer removed, Justin Williams, scored the second goal of the Kings' eventual 3-2 victory. "There's an added incentive any time you play your former team, especially the way things ended here," Williams said of Carter, who didn't speak to the media after the game.
March 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Darryl Sutter didn't coach Craig Berube for a lengthy period in Calgary, but it was long enough that Berube created a lasting and positive impression on Sutter. Berube, who played for 17 seasons in the NHL, was nearing the end of his playing career when Sutter arrived in Calgary, and one of their early discussions involved the definition of his role with the Flames. Sutter was hired as Flames head coach in late 2002. "When I went to Calgary in December, [Berube] was still on that team and then I didn't play him that much," said Sutter, the Kings' coach.
March 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Forget the torch passing. Maybe there should have been the passing of a goalie stick when legend Rogie Vachon and Jonathan Quick convened in the dressing room Saturday afternoon after Quick became the winningest goalie in Kings history. Quick made 24 saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season as the Kings beat the Florida Panthers, 4-0, at Staples Center. Scoring for the Kings were Trevor Lewis, Mike Richards, Dustin Brown and defenseman Alec Martinez. They have twice shut out the Panthers this season.
March 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One of the supposed byproducts of the Kings acquiring Marian Gaborik was the notion that forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards could resume their partnership, helping shake Richards out of a prolonged slump. It hasn't quite happened. Richards has three goals in 2014 - nine in all this season - and has no points in the last six games since scoring the game-winner at Winnipeg on March 6. In the last five games, Carter has one assist, but he did score in the shootout of Thursday's win against Washington.
March 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Let's pause for a moment of appreciation for Rogie Vachon and Toe Blake. And Marian Gaborik. First, the present-day man of the moment: Gaborik. The recently acquired Gaborik set up the first goal and later scored the decisive goal in a three-round shootout, leading the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Kings 2, Capitals 1 (SO) The victory was the Kings' first in four games, stopping a three-game losing streak.
March 19, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings captain Dustin Brown looked ready after a full practice Wednesday and a serious "bag skate" for about 50 minutes Tuesday. On top of that, he sounded poised to rejoin the lineup after a two-game absence because of a lower-body injury. The targeted game: Thursday against the Washington Capitals at Staples Center. "We'll see how it goes the next 24 hours but based off today, I think I'm ready to go," Brown said Wednesday after practice. "Just making sure I'm ready to go. Everything has gotten better over the last few days, progressively.
March 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The stretch run has such a way of magnifying the good and the bad. For instance, a puck banks off the skate of Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin past his goalie Martin Jones and a segment of Kings fans want Muzzin put on the next plane back to the minors. The Ducks beat the Kings, 2-1, Saturday night at Staples Center, putting together consecutive victories after Wednesday's loss at Calgary. That 7-2 pratfall against the Flames now appears more like a wake-up call at a key time rather than a precursor of doom.
March 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and winger Dustin Brown, both stricken by flu, will be game-time decisions Saturday night for the encounter with the Ducks at Staples Center. Neither player participated in the Kings' morning skate at El Segundo, an optional session that most veterans skipped. Quick and Brown both missed Friday's practice because they were ill. “We'll see tonight,” Coach Darryl Sutter said Saturday morning when asked if one or both will be available to face the Ducks.
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
There were distinct flickers of playoff-like hate, here and there Saturday night at Staples Center. You had Kings forward Jeff Carter and Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin snapping and taking jabs at each other behind the play in the first period with Carter later clearing out the defenseman along the boards. Then there was the game-within-a-game battle between Ducks star forward Corey Perry and Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, flaring again at the end of the second period. BOX SCORE: Ducks 2, Kings 1 This may have been short of a true preview of what could possibly be a first-ever playoff matchup between the Ducks and the Kings.
March 15, 2014 | By Lee Romney
KING CITY, Calif. - Angel Pineda tucked his white cowboy hat under a folding chair in the packed church hall and listened. First came the civil rights presentation - on what to do if pulled over by police. " I want a lawyer ," American Civil Liberties Union staffer Daisy Vieyra, who had come from San Francisco, enunciated in English. "I want a lawyer," the crowd repeated. Then came the indignation, as local residents and advocates from outside this southern Salinas Valley agricultural community made it clear that tomorrow's King City will not be the same as yesterday's.
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