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June 18, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
One of the major items on the off-season, to-do list for the Kings was accomplished Tuesday when they reached a contract agreement with their young star defenseman Slava Voynov. Voynov's deal is for six years and $25 million. He would have become a restricted free agent on July 5. This, by all accounts, was a breakout season for the 23-year-old Russian, who shouldered increased responsibility because of injuries to defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. He had six goals and 25 points, playing in all 48 games of the lockout-shortened season.
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April 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Kings tried to reestablish their identity Tuesday and climb back into their first-round playoff series against San Jose. However, the resilient but still-flawed performance now leaves them facing an early end to their season. And, maybe, to an era. It wasn't enough that they shook off the two beatdowns they had absorbed in the first two games at San Jose and put together strong stretches Tuesday at Staples Center. Patrick Marleau's backhander off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 6 minutes and 20 seconds into overtime gave San Jose a 4-3 victory and put the Kings on the brink of being swept out of the playoffs.
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May 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
Just watch Slava Voynov drift toward the goal, holding the puck on his stick, waiting. There hasn't been much room to shoot in these playoffs, not with Voynov and the Kings facing a couple of teams, the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks, that like to clog the middle. "You need time," he said. "Try to find a good time, a good spot. " Voynov, 23, has found enough of those moments to score four goals in the postseason, tied for best among NHL defensemen. His offensive output has helped the Kings gain a 3-2 lead over San Jose in a Western Conference semifinal series.
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April 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Gather 'round for a history lesson, of bright playoff campaigns gone bad . . . and gone south, fast. Sunday night's debacle at San Jose wasn't the first time the Kings have given up seven consecutive goals in a playoff game. It happened during, of all things, the Wayne Gretzky era when his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, beat the Kings, 7-0, in Game 1 of a second-round series in 1990. That team featured Gretzky, Luc Robitaille (now a team president), Rob Blake (now a Kings assistant general manager)
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June 18, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
One of the major items on the off-season to-do list for the Kings was accomplished Tuesday when they reached a contract agreement with young star defenseman Slava Voynov. It is a six-year deal worth $25 million. He would have become a restricted free agent on July 5. This, by all accounts, was a breakout season for the 23-year-old Russian, who had increased responsibility because of the injuries to defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. Voynov had six goals and 25 points, playing in all 48 games of the lockout-shortened season.
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March 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The kids are more than all right, and coming from Coach Darryl Sutter that's saying a lot. Since losing veterans Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene to long-term injuries early this season, the Kings have had to rely on a generally young defense corps. The kids' collective performance has been on an upswing, a key factor in the Kings' 9-2 surge. Jake Muzzin recorded a career-high three points in the Kings' 6-4 comeback victory over St. Louis on Tuesday; Keaton Ellerby has had an even or plus defensive rating in eight straight games; Slava Voynov has scored four points in his last two games and has had only one minus rating in his last nine games, and Drew Doughty - though still seeking his first goal - had two assists Tuesday and has had one negative defensive rating in his last six games.
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January 29, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The Stanley Cup rings fans received Monday night at Staples Center were replicas of the real thing. The Kings' comeback against the Vancouver Canucks was genuine - and reminiscent of the performances during their unlikely Cup drive last spring. Jeff Carter lifted a backhander past goaltender Roberto Luongo for the only goal in the shootout, propelling the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Canucks before an emotionally spent crowd. The triumph was the second this season for the Kings (2-2-1)
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May 4, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Jonathan Quick bravely but needlessly took the blame for the Kings' losses in the first two games of their opening-round playoff series against St. Louis. When he backed up Slava Voynov's second-period goal Saturday with a 30-save performance in a gritty 1-0 victory for the Kings at Staples Center, he refused to take credit for hauling the Kings back into a series in which they were slipping toward postseason oblivion. “We were never out of it, just won a game,” he said, in typical low-key fashion after his fifth career playoff shutout.
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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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June 5, 2013 | By David Wharton
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter isn't surprised that a couple of his non-superstar players are making a significant impact against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals. The postseason, he said, is suited for unsung heroes. "As you go further down the road in the playoffs, the only way you do it is by having great depth," he said. "There's guys that get a little bit more spotlight, usually because of offensive production. " Talking to reporters at the team's training site Wednesday, Sutter mentioned young winger Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Slava Voynov.
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April 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - This was like a nasty flashback, one bad journey into the darkness for Kings fans. The loyal old-timers have scar tissue around the old wound - long ago playoff blowouts, losses to the likes of the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames in the late '80s and early '90s. Undoubtedly, the latest cut will take time to heal. The Kings were thoroughly outplayed in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals as the San Jose Sharks defeated them, 6-3, at the SAP Center on Thursday night.
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April 5, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
VANCOUVER, Canada - This had the feel of a nicely paced scrimmage between the Kings and the Canucks with not much on the line. Then came the third period and an intense hockey game suddenly erupted on Saturday night at Rogers Arena. Kings defenseman Matt Greene got hit with a puck and his skate was soon bloodied. He left the game, came back to play and watched his team lose it with 1:23 remaining as Brad Richardson, the former King, gave the Canucks a 2-1 win and helped Vancouver avoid official playoff elimination.
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April 4, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
VANCOUVER, Canada  - The panicked hue and cry from the Kings' fan base when defenseman Drew Doughty left Thursday's game in San Jose was almost like that bleak November night in Buffalo when goalie Jonathan Quick suffered a serious groin injury. That's where the similarities end. Quick immediately went home to Los Angeles and missed a substantial portion of the season. By contrast, Doughty, who appeared to injure his shoulder against the Sharks in the first period, continued on the trip with the team to Canada.
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March 24, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PHILADELPHIA - If Flyers fans booed every time Jeff Carter touched the puck Monday, it must have sounded like music to his ears. With extra zip in his step if not revenge in his heart for the acrimonious end to his tenure with the Flyers, Carter scored the Kings' first goal in his first game back at the Wells Fargo Center. Another former Flyer longer removed, Justin Williams, scored the second goal of the Kings' eventual 3-2 victory. "There's an added incentive any time you play your former team, especially the way things ended here," Williams said of Carter, who didn't speak to the media after the game.
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February 25, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
DENVER - The Kings welcomed back their final four Olympians - Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter from the gold medal-winning Canadian team and Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown from the U.S. - in snowy Denver, where they practiced Tuesday at a university rink ahead of the game Wednesday with the Colorado Avalanche. Slava Voynov of Russia and Anze Kopitar of Slovenia, who also played in Sochi, rejoined the team Monday in Los Angeles. But it may take a few days before any of the six will be able to put their Olympic experiences behind them.
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February 24, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The math is fairly simple for the Kings coming out of the NHL's three-week Olympic break. Beginning with Wednesday's game in Colorado, they will close the regular season with 23 games in 46 days. Win more than half of them, and they'll finish with at least 92 points, a total that has guaranteed a playoff berth in four of the last five full seasons. Anything less and the odds drop dramatically. "It's the stretch run. It's playoff-type hockey now," forward Justin Williams said after Monday's 75-minute morning practice.
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September 15, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Preseason hockey isn't exactly the best advertisement for the sport. Of course, you could say that about preseason anything. But there it was, warts and all, on display at Staples Center on Sunday. It is the first time since 2011 there are NHL preseason contests because the lockout wiped those games out a year ago. "Work in progress" might be best to describe the Kings' effort in split-squad games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. The Coyotes' goaltending duo of Thomas Greiss and Louis Domingue combined to beat the Kings, 5-1, at Staples Center.
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March 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join Times Kings writer Lisa Dillman and Hockey Hall of Famer Helene Elliott for a live video chat at 1 p.m. today, when they will discuss our two local teams and the amazing start of the Chicago Blackhawks. As Elliott wrote earlier this week about the Kings, "The kids are more than all right, and coming from Coach Darryl Sutter that's saying a lot. "Since losing veterans Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene to long-term injuries early this season, the Kings have had to rely on a generally young defense corps.
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January 18, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
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.
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January 12, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The Kings' rescue squad, armed with goals and assists, isn't going to come from the American Hockey League. It is going to have to come from within, at least until Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi trades for a top-six forward. Of course, isn't almost everyone trying to do just that? Youngster Tanner Pearson has been practicing with the Kings this past week, having been called up from their AHL affiliate at Manchester, N.H. The left wing with a nice scoring touch could provide a jolt of energy, maybe even as soon as Monday night against Vancouver, but Kings Coach Darryl Sutter is almost always conservative about young players.
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