March 21, 2014 |
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 6, 2014 |
WINNIPEG, Canada -- Excitement and relief were the twin emotions hitting Kings center Mike Richards after he scored a big second-period goal, which turned out to be the game winner in a 3-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. Goals and consistency have been hard to come by for Richards in what has been a long and difficult season. He grew up in Kenora, Ontario, about 130 miles away from MTS Center and arranged for about 24 tickets for family and friends Thursday night. This time, he didn't try to create a play after jumping on a turnover in the neutral zone, letting instinct take over, ripping a shot past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec from the left circle.
March 1, 2014 |
One particular statistic might as well be printed in capital letters and practically leaps off the page. It resonates even more in a tight, stretch-run situation in which points and wins are carefully hoarded. Game-winning goals. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has scored five times this season but two have been game-winners. BOX SCORE: Kings 3, Hurricanes 1 His power-play goal from the slot at 8:15 of the third period put the Kings in front for good and they added an empty-netter from Justin Williams to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.
January 26, 2014 |
For Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy, entering Dodger Stadium for Saturday's outdoor game against the Kings was a moment that could happen only in the movies. Like in "Gladiator," the first comparison that came to mind when he tried to explain what it was like for the two teams to march through the center-field fence, along a path bordered by palm trees, and into a stadium filled with 54,099 screaming fans. "When Marcus Aurelius says, 'We who are about to die salute you,'" he said.
January 24, 2014 |
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau played his outdoor hockey under the lights, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter under the stars. Growing up in Finland, Ducks center Saku Koivu played not on Golden Pond, but on frozen swamps. Kings center Mike Richards spent almost every winter day skating up and down the outdoor community center rink run by his parents in Kenora, Ontario. No matter if they were from Canada or Europe, in an urban center or a rural area, their shared childhood experience was outdoor hockey.
January 18, 2014 |
DETROIT - Tomas Tatar scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a game that shouldn't have gotten past regulation. Jeff Carter had given the Kings a 2-1 lead with 2:15 left in the third period on a power-play goal. However, a bizarre goal on a play that's not reviewable allowed the Red Wings to tie the score with 26.1 seconds left in the third. Niklas Kronwall's shot deflected high in the air and hit the protective netting behind the goal and above the glass before hitting Jonathan Quick in the back and going into the net. Play should have been stopped when the puck hit the netting, but the four officials apparently didn't see what had happened.