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January 14, 2012
Kings tonight AT EDMONTON When: 5 PST. Where: Rexall Place. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 21-15-8 through Friday; Oilers 16-23-4. Update: Edmonton's promising start evaporated and the young Oilers are struggling, having lost five straight games. They opened the season with eight wins in their first 12 games and have won only eight games since Nov. 4 and two since Dec. 10. The injuries have been unrelenting.
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October 27, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The shootout intelligence was good, of course. But you can crunch the numbers, listen to a successful teammate and in the end, it comes down to a split-second decision and maybe even a quick change of heart. That's what happened with center Anze Kopitar on Sunday when he scored the decider in the shootout to give the Kings a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. The Kings peppered Oilers' goaltender Richard Bachman, who was recalled from the minors earlier in the day, with a season-high 48 shots on goal, but they only got one past him in regulation.
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October 17, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
+ Confession is good for the soul. Pittsburgh's Arron Asham apologized for making tasteless gestures after he pummeled Washington's Jay Beagle. CBC personality Don Cherry apologized for calling Chris Nilan, Stu Grimson and Jim Thomson "pukes. " In turn, they dropped their threat to sue Cherry. + John Tavares had a hat trick and reluctant New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov won his debut Saturday. Afterward, teammates lined up to form a "receiving line" to congratulate the stars.
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March 11, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Pluses The Chicago Blackhawks' point streak from the start of the season, which ended Friday at 21-0-3, was extraordinary for many reasons. Thirteen players had at least one game-winning goal and Patrick Kane scored a team-leading 27 points. The most goals the Hawks gave up was four, to Phoenix on Jan. 20, and they scored five or more five times. They gave up only nine power-play goals and yielded two in a game only once, to the Kings on Feb. 17. Before losing to Colorado, the Blackhawks had won a franchise-record 11 straight games — and their franchise entered the NHL in 1926.
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October 31, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + It's not a mirage: Phil Kessel is leading the NHL in scoring and the Toronto Maple Leafs are leading the Northeast Division. Kessel has a league-high 10 goals as part of his 18 points, and his team is 6-3-1 in its last 10 games. Kudos also to the Ottawa Senators, who have managed to win six straight despite scoring six goals fewer this season than they have given up (39-45). + The San Jose Sharks tied a franchise record by winning the first five games of a road trip.
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October 27, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The shootout intelligence was good, of course. But you can crunch the numbers, listen to a successful teammate and in the end, it comes down to a split-second decision and maybe even a quick change of heart. That's what happened with center Anze Kopitar on Sunday when he scored the decider in the shootout to give the Kings a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. The Kings peppered Oilers' goaltender Richard Bachman, who was recalled from the minors earlier in the day, with a season-high 48 shots on goal, but they only got one past him in regulation.
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June 24, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
What a day for Canada: The Winnipeg Jets returned to the NHL and 15 players born in hockey's homeland were chosen in the first round of the league's entry draft, held Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. As expected, Edmonton — picking first for the second consecutive year — chose top-ranked center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who scored 31 goals and 106 points in 69 games with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League last season. Colorado followed by selecting left wing Gabriel Landeskog, a skillful Swede who played for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League last season.
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June 23, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels is expected to be chosen first overall by Edmonton on Friday in the NHL draft, the prime talent in a group not considered likely to produce many superstars. Left wing Gabriel Landeskog of Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League is projected to go second to Colorado, with center Jonathan Huberdeau of Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League projected to go third to Florida. But Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson , ranked the top European skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, could crack the top three at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
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September 21, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Pizza and a beer. Devante Smith-Pelly had no problem fulfilling the first part of the order at Honda Center on Wednesday night, but the beverage request posed a problem for the teenage forward. "Someone asked me that too — am I allowed to serve beer?" Smith-Pelly said. "I'm like, 'Sorry, if I was in Canada, I'd get you one.'" Too young to serve beer. Not too young to have a shot at cracking the Ducks' roster. The same thing happened to Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler the previous night when he was serving pizza.
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October 28, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
They've played 12 games, and the Kings' season doesn't even hit the one-month mark until Sunday. One early theme has emerged: A five-minute overtime, followed by a shootout, if necessary. Of the Kings' eight victories, one came in overtime and four more by virtue of the shootout. If this keeps going, next year's marketing slogan will be an easy one: "Shout out for the shootout. " "You either love it or you hate it," said goalie Jonathan Quick . "Right now, we love it. " Yes, it can be complicated.
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January 14, 2012
Kings tonight AT EDMONTON When: 5 PST. Where: Rexall Place. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 21-15-8 through Friday; Oilers 16-23-4. Update: Edmonton's promising start evaporated and the young Oilers are struggling, having lost five straight games. They opened the season with eight wins in their first 12 games and have won only eight games since Nov. 4 and two since Dec. 10. The injuries have been unrelenting.
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October 31, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + It's not a mirage: Phil Kessel is leading the NHL in scoring and the Toronto Maple Leafs are leading the Northeast Division. Kessel has a league-high 10 goals as part of his 18 points, and his team is 6-3-1 in its last 10 games. Kudos also to the Ottawa Senators, who have managed to win six straight despite scoring six goals fewer this season than they have given up (39-45). + The San Jose Sharks tied a franchise record by winning the first five games of a road trip.
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June 24, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
What a day for Canada: The Winnipeg Jets returned to the NHL and 15 players born in hockey's homeland were chosen in the first round of the league's entry draft, held Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. As expected, Edmonton — picking first for the second consecutive year — chose top-ranked center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who scored 31 goals and 106 points in 69 games with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League last season. Colorado followed by selecting left wing Gabriel Landeskog, a skillful Swede who played for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League last season.
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June 23, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels is expected to be chosen first overall by Edmonton on Friday in the NHL draft, the prime talent in a group not considered likely to produce many superstars. Left wing Gabriel Landeskog of Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League is projected to go second to Colorado, with center Jonathan Huberdeau of Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League projected to go third to Florida. But Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson , ranked the top European skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, could crack the top three at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
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June 19, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell put it best during the long-and-winding Stanley Cup run when he was pondering the race for the Conn Smythe Trophy. "They're thinking about the other big trophy," he said of his teammates. True enough. But Kings goalie Jonathan Quick would get to hold two big trophies — the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe, becoming the third American-born winner of the trophy awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team during the playoffs.
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