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May 14, 2013 | By David Wharton and Helene Elliott
A shutout victory might look dominant on the scoreboard, but the Kings' players and coaches saw room for improvement after Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. Mike Richards, who scored midway through the second period, did not like the way his team started out, with San Jose forcing most of the action in the first 10 minutes. "They had a lot of time to make plays," Richards said. "At the beginning of a series, it sometimes feels like you're trying to feel out people, but luckily it didn't cost us. " The Kings not only managed to score at the end of the first period, they also found a rhythm in the second and shut down a Sharks power play that has been very effective in this postseason.
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June 8, 2010 | Helene Elliott
From Philadelphia -- Two weeks ago, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was hailed as one of the NHL's best two-way players and a prime candidate for the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Around the same time, Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards was touted as a modern-day Bobby Clarke for his one-goal, two-assist performance in the Eastern Conference clincher against Montreal, a showcase of his grit, timely scoring and playmaking.
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June 4, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Justin Williams might have saved the Kings in Game 7 with his two goals against the San Jose Sharks in the last round, but suddenly the savior was sounding like a sage on Monday. Sage … with a hint of Yogi Berra. "It's not do-or-die tomorrow, but it is," Williams said. Dropping the first two games of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks put the Kings in a tenuous position heading into Game 3 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The players weren't backing off the notion that the season is on the line.
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April 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Were they grasping at straws or coaxing small embers into becoming flames when the Kings repeatedly pointed out that their best players played better in the team's third straight playoff loss to San Jose than in the first two defeats? Better, in this case, is a relative term. And despite a more intense and effective effort by the top players who must carry the load, the Kings still lost, 4-3, in overtime. Now, they must defeat the Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center to avoid being swept - and to prolong a season that only a few weeks ago held great promise for another long postseason run. "It's a good opportunity for us to show - everybody's kind of writing us off right now - a good opportunity to show how resilient we are right now as a group," forward Mike Richards said Wednesday after the Kings' optional practice in El Segundo.
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June 5, 2013 | By David Wharton
With two of their best players -- Mike Richards and Jeff Carter -- injured in the last three games against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Kings say they must be smart about exacting revenge. "Yeah, well, I think within the rules, we've got to take care of those guys," winger Kyle Clifford told reporters at the team's training site in El Segundo on Wednesday. Richards, who has a history of concussions, has remained on the sideline since taking a hard hit near the end of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
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June 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The Kings have reached a linchpin moment in their quest to defend their 2012 Stanley championship. The trailed the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, in  the Western Conference final heading into Game 4 at Staples Center on Thursday night. A Blackhawks lead leaves the Kings on the bad side history. The Kings have trailed, 3-1, in a playoff series 11 times. Only once have they rallied and advanced. The Kings won three consecutive games against the Edmonton Oilers in 1989. In five of those series, the Kings have lost in five games.
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May 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
Kings 2, San Jose 0 (end of regulation) Home-ice advantage is something a little unfamiliar to the Kings. But they might get to like it. Starting their first postseason series at home since 1992, the Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks, 2-0, in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals. BOX SCORE: Kings 2, San Jose 0 The win marked their first shutout of this postseason and the first time they had lead by more than a goal. But it did not come easily.
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October 14, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
TAMPA, Fla.  - It may not last more than one afternoon in practice or it could be an enduring partnership, but at the very least the combination of center Anze Kopitar and right wing Jeff Carter is an intriguing idea. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter acted like the decision to put Kopitar and Carter on a line with left wing Dwight King at practice Monday afternoon was no big deal. But that's often Sutter's way. You might only know he likes it if he uses the word "awesome.
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May 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Moments after center Mike Richards woke up Wednesday, he realized he could enjoy a rare and welcome luxury. The Kings' seven-game playoff victory over the San Jose Sharks, completed on Tuesday with a 2-1 triumph at Staples Center, had launched them into the Western Conference finals and led Coach Darryl Sutter to give players a day off. After pushing himself through a compressed, 48-game season and 13 rugged playoff games Richards took advantage of...
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June 9, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Moments after the Kings' season ended in the longest game in franchise history, General Manager Dean Lombardi walked into the dressing room and was confronted by silence. There was a visible sense of disappointment and anger from players at the fact their Stanley Cup reign ended Saturday in a Game 5 double-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. "There's almost no emotion," Lombardi said Sunday afternoon on a conference call. "You're almost frozen. There's so much going through your head, there's nothing going through your head.
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