March 19, 2007 |
Kings' rookie center Anze Kopitar took the ice for the first time in nearly three weeks Sunday, going through a light workout at the Toyota Training Center. Kopitar, third among rookies with 56 points, has sat out the last nine games with what team officials are calling a back injury. He spent 40 minutes on the ice, skating and taking shots at goaltender Dan Cloutier, who is rehabilitating from hip surgery.
February 17, 2008 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shane Doan knows the Phoenix Coyotes were fortunate to come away with a win over the Kings. Radim Vrbata scored a power-play goal with 7 minutes 6 seconds to play and the Coyotes rallied after squandering a two-goal lead to beat the Kings, 4-3, on Saturday night. "We have to find a way to play the whole 60 minutes," Doan said. "We kind of dropped the ball in the beginning of the third period and that's unacceptable."
December 24, 2008 |
With one strong game, Jonathan Quick greatly improved his numbers. Quick was 0-1-0 with a 4.68 goals-against average, yet easily turned away 24 shots for his first career shutout in the Kings' 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. "Our penalty kill and our defense played excellent all game long," said Quick, who got the start in relief of Jason LaBarbera because Erik Ersberg was out with a groin injury. "They limited their chances.
March 21, 2008 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Patrick O'Sullivan scored in a shootout Thursday night to give the Kings a 6-5 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Erik Ersberg stopped Keith Ballard, Peter Mueller, Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan in the tiebreaker to secure the victory. The Coyotes forced overtime with their fourth power-play goal. Defenseman Ballard fired in a wrist shot with 24 seconds left in regulation after Mikael Tellqvist was pulled for an extra skater.
March 1, 2007 |
The Kings decided on an ounce of prevention for rookie Anze Kopitar, a key building block for the future. Kopitar was held out of practice Wednesday with what Coach Marc Crawford said was a "strained upper body muscle." Crawford also said that Kopitar was doubtful for tonight's game against the Ducks. "We're going to be very careful with this," Crawford said. "We don't want it to develop into anything worse." Kopitar suffered the injury at the end of practice Tuesday.
November 17, 2007 |
The continuing education of the Kings added another lesson, and it was painfully obvious at the time and in the aftermath of Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Ducks: How Not to Play a Third Period. "The third period they started to show why they're a Stanley Cup team," Kings defenseman Rob Blake said. "I don't think they really made any adjustments. They more or less stayed with what they do. Everyone knows how they play. "I don't think they varied."
October 3, 2006 |
The Kings settled on their 23-man roster Monday, placing goaltender Jason LaBarbera and forward George Parros on waivers and sending forward Lauri Tukonen to minor league Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. The moves left rookies Anze Kopitar, a 19-year-old center, and Patrick O'Sullivan, a 21-year-old forward, on the team. "You can keep young players as long as they continue to develop," Coach Marc Crawford said. "You have to be able to get them that 12-15 minutes each game."
November 22, 2006 |
Kings forward Dustin Brown has quietly gone about his job of creating mayhem on the ice in recent weeks. He has bounced around hockey rinks, banging guys here, annoying goaltenders there, effectively using his 6-foot, 200-pound body. It is more white-knuckle than white-collar work, but as Brown often says, "It's what I do." The Kings crave that on a consistent basis, since Brown is one of the few physical forwards the team has. And he has parlayed that skill into a tidy streak of games recently.
November 13, 2007 |
One team's collapse was another's resuscitation. Two days after what was arguably the most exciting 16th NHL game of the season, the mood at the Kings' practice facility in El Segundo was palpably giddy. The Kings brought a playoff atmosphere to Staples Center several months early with an implausible victory over Dallas on Saturday night, winning, 6-5, in overtime.
April 2, 2008 |
SAN JOSE -- Evgeni Nabokov made 16 saves in his NHL-best 46th victory, and the San Jose Sharks closed out their home schedule with their 18th win in 20 games, 5-2 over the Kings on Tuesday night. Milan Michalek scored the go-ahead goal in the second period for the Pacific Division champions, who have earned a point in every game since March 20.