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May 8, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
ST. LOUIS -- The Kings tied their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues at two games each after Kings Coach Darryl Sutter switched from using six defensemen and 12 forwards to a seven-defenseman, 11-forward lineup that brought Alec Martinez into the mix. But Sutter said after Wednesday's morning skate that he hadn't decided if he will keep the same configuration for Game 5, to be played Wednesday at 6 p.m. PDT at Scottrade Center in St....
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May 7, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
When the pressure reached its nail-biting peak, when the St. Louis Blues twice took leads over the Kings on Monday and could have seized control of Game 4 of their playoff series - and the series itself - the Kings knew it was time to remain purposeful, not to panic. "We've been in that position before and I think these guys don't get too down on themselves," forward Jeff Carter said Tuesday. "We stayed calm and we chipped away. " Goals by Carter and Dustin Penner brought the Kings from 2-0 down to even before the end of the first period.
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May 4, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Jonathan Quick bravely but needlessly took the blame for the Kings' losses in the first two games of their opening-round playoff series against St. Louis. When he backed up Slava Voynov's second-period goal Saturday with a 30-save performance in a gritty 1-0 victory for the Kings at Staples Center, he refused to take credit for hauling the Kings back into a series in which they were slipping toward postseason oblivion. “We were never out of it, just won a game,” he said, in typical low-key fashion after his fifth career playoff shutout.
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April 27, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Introspection and navel-gazing are not Darryl Sutter's favorite activities. The Kings' coach is blunt, more likely to look ahead than to over-analyze the past in search of great cosmic meaning. So, when asked about the peaks and valleys his team experienced during this lockout-shortened season, Sutter was typically direct. “There's no highs and lows,” he said. “Highs and lows right now are for them guys that are 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. They have highs, they have lows.” BOX SCORE: Kings 3, San Jose 2 The Kings earned the No. 5 playoff seeding by beating the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, Saturday at Staples Center on second-period goals by Kyle Clifford and Slava Voynov and a third-period goal by Justin Williams, earning a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd.
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April 27, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
With one regular-season game left, the Kings' playoff possibilities outnumber even Coach Darryl Sutter 's new line combinations. This much is sure: The Kings can finish fourth in the West and have home-ice advantage in the first round if the St. Louis Blues lose in any fashion to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks in any fashion Saturday. A win by the Blues would leave the Kings and Sharks fighting for fifth place. The winner would face St. Louis and the loser would play No. 3 Vancouver.
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April 24, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
DETROIT - One streak of 314 consecutive games played ended and another one, seemingly headed for a meek and mild ending, suddenly caught another wind. Yes, you could make a connection between the two developments at Joe Louis Arena. On Wednesday, Kings captain Dustin Brown was assessed a two-game suspension by the NHL for an elbow to the head of Minnesota's Jason Pominville, ending Brown's streak of 314 games played. BOX SCORE: Red Wings 3, Kings 1 Hours later, his teammates went out and lost their sixth straight road game as the Red Wings beat the Kings, 3-1, giving fresh hope to Detroit's postseason chances and the possibility their playoff run could extend to 22 straight seasons.
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April 18, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
They tried to patch it together in the absence of defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell, acquiring one young defenseman in February and a veteran defenseman April 1. Others received expanded responsibility with the Kings, and, at times, flourished. Still, with the playoffs looming, the best replacement for Greene was always going to be Greene, of course. (Unfortunately, that won't work with Mitchell, whose future remains murky.) Greene, who had back surgery to repair a herniated disc, played in his first game since Jan. 19, and it was a measured success.
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April 11, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Proceedings were going so well, humming along so efficiently. The Kings were doing exactly what they needed to do against a nervous-looking goalie making his NHL debut. They applied the pressure and kept it on 20-year-old Sami Aittokallio, scoring twice in a three-shot span against the Colorado goalie in the first period. The goals were by Jeff Carter on the power play and Mike Richards at even strength. There was, however, the middling matter of the final two periods, and, overtime.
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March 31, 2013 | Helene Elliott
DALLAS - Jonathan Bernier played goal Sunday with a heavy heart, still grieving the recent death of his maternal grandmother, Georgette St-Gelais. "It's never an easy time to go through," said Bernier, who missed the Kings' trip to the White House last week to go to Canada and join his family in mourning. "I played that game for her. I think she'll appreciate that. " Bernier faced only 15 shots Sunday, but his emotionally taxing effort was one of many contributions the Kings needed to earn a 3-2 victory at American Airlines Center, their first win over the Stars in three meetings this season.
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March 26, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
CHICAGO - Calgary Flames captain and spiritual leader Jarome Iginla might fit in quite nicely with the Chicago Blackhawks or the Boston Bruins. How about with the reigning Stanley Cup champion Kings? On the ice? Yes. With a shrinking salary cap looming? Probably not. This is why the chances of the Kings making and succeeding in a serious pitch for the right wing appear slim. The struggling Flames and Iginla played in Chicago on Tuesday night. Of course, things can change with one tweet in the NHL, especially with the trade deadline still eight days away.
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