November 30, 2013 |
Dwight King didn't need to go through the exercise of exit meetings with the Kings staff in June to know what needed to happen next for his fledgling career. It was, of course, totally up to him. The left wing processed what went right and what went wrong in the lockout-shortened 48-game season. Unfortunately, there was much more of the latter than the former. But just as vital was taking another step back and thinking about the 2011-12 season, his breakthrough campaign. "Obviously, you go to the summer time and review what was effective for me before," King said.
November 26, 2013
VANCOUVER, Canada - There were fights. Thunderous hits. Superb goaltending. Fine penalty killing. A dramatic late rally. "There was a little bit of everything in it tonight," Kings forward Mike Richards said. And a lot of relief on the Kings' part Monday as they skated off with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Despite being outplayed and outshot, 28-8, in the second and third periods combined, the Kings pulled even with 2 minutes and 54 seconds left in the third and stunned the crowd at Rogers Arena when Anze Kopitar rifled home a feed from Slava Voynov 48 seconds into overtime.
November 26, 2013 |
SAN JOSE - Mike Richards enjoys having his father, Norm, come along on the Kings' annual fathers' trip - and not only because he usually plays well when his dad is around. With his dad, 16 other players' fathers and Jordan Nolan's brother, Brandon, in the house, Richards brought the Kings even late in the third period of their eventual 3-2 overtime victory Monday at Vancouver. Richards considered it a small repayment for the sacrifices his father and his mother, Irene, had made to help him realize his dreams.
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 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.
October 24, 2013 |
The Kings' worst droughts came to an end Thursday on a night they also pulled out of a stunning free-fall against the Phoenix Coyotes. Centers Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards scored their first goals of the season and Matt Frattin scored for the first time as a King in the 7-4 victory at Staples Center. Dwight King punctuated the triumph with an empty-net goal that gave him his first career hat trick. Richards' and Frattin's goals came earlier in the third period, saving the Kings (7-4-0)