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June 13, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Fans at Dodger Stadium were treated to a special moment Wednesday evening before the first pitch of the Dodgers-Angels game when the Kings brought the Stanley Cup onto the field. The Kings players trotted the Stanley Cup - the first in the franchise's 45-year history - to the pitcher's mound and the Dodgers and Angels joined them on the field for a photo opportunity. Each member of the Cup champions threw out a first pitch to a member of the Dodgers. Captain Dustin Brown carried the 35-pound Stanley Cup to home plate following the ceremonial first pitches, where even the umpires took in a photo with the trophy.
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April 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the verge of winning the Jennings Trophy, which goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against. " The oddity is that Quick has played only 47 games. Ben Scrivens played 19 before the Kings traded him to Edmonton, and Martin Jones has played 18. It's a significant award and would be a first for the Kings.
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June 4, 2012
The Kings are on the verge of making good on a 43-year-old IOU. Wayne Gretzky couldn't bring the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles, nor Marcel Dionne. Rogie Vachon didn't get the Kings there, nor did Cowboy Bill Flett. Jack Kent Cooke and Jerry Buss won NBA titles as owners, but were unable to attain the Cup as a bookend trophy. But a 4-0 victory Monday at Staples Center gave the Kings a 3-0 series lead over the New Jersey Devils. The Cup would be an L.A. Story after Wednesday's game.
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March 17, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The seeds of the San Jose Sharks' six-game winning streak, their 8-1-1 record since the Olympic break and ascent to a tie with the Ducks atop the Pacific Division were planted at last season's trading deadline, when Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson and his staff realized their plodding team needed a new identity and a major infusion of youth. "We did the reset/refresh, where we clarified how we wanted to play. We wanted to be a much faster team," Wilson said. He had a head start with strength down the middle in Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau, so Wilson mostly reconfigured the wingers and defense.
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October 24, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
As Dwight Howard left the Lakers locker room following his debut with the team Sunday evening, he was greeted by a large shiny object. The Stanley Cup. When he approached the trophy, he was tentative. "I just want the one for basketball," Howard said. Howard, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic as the top overall pick in 2004, has never won an NBA championship and reached the NBA Finals only once in his eight seasons with the team. He surely would rather be meeting Larry over Stanley, but after a few seconds of standing next to hockey's championship trophy, the charismatic center warmed to the object.
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January 19, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Seconding the Stanley Cup emotion ... Harnessed for more than seven months, Kings fans were able to unleash those feelings Saturday with the raising of the Stanley Cup banner at Staples Center. Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller was the master of ceremonies and started off the proceedings with the line: “Welcome to Championship Saturday … the day you've been waiting for.” The banner was raised at 12:22 p.m., slowly going up into the rafters with the Kings players on the ice tipping their heads back to watch the slow progression.  Involved in the proceedings were former Kings Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne, as well as three members of the Greene family from Newtown, Conn., honoring the memory of their daughter Ana Marquez-Greene.
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June 6, 2012 | By Chris Foster
A fan outside Staples Center on Monday seemed to capsulize the plight of Kings fans. Above the number on the back of his Kings' jersey, instead of his name, were the words “love” and “hate.” Kings fans have a moment they can simply love. After 45 years, three owners, two lockouts, one bankruptcy and countless promises, the Kings are poised to deliver. With a victory tonight over the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center, the Kings would take home the Stanley Cup for the first time.
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June 5, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
For many Kings fans, the joy of being one victory away from the team's first Stanley Cup championship is incomplete because they haven't been able to hear the play-by-play call and analysis of announcers Bob Miller and Jim Fox, who were relegated to the sidelines after the first round because of the exclusivity clause in the NHL's television deal with NBC. Club executives have been working on a solution that would respect complicated broadcast-rights issues...
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September 21, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Philip Anschutz, who put the Kings and their parent company, AEG, up for sale earlier this week, leads the list of 52 names submitted and approved to be engraved on the Stanley Cup. The engraving process was scheduled to begin on Friday in Montreal and is expected to continue into next week. Anschutz, who bought the Kings out of bankruptcy in 1995 with partner Ed Roski Jr., is the first name on the list. Anschutz's wife, Nancy, follows. Roski's name was not on the list. He was identified as an owner in the team's playoff guide.
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August 20, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
The Stanley Cup's much-traveled summer vacation continued last week with Kings center Jarret Stoll and General Manager Dean Lombardigetting their turn to act as tour guides. Stoll, who provided an important veteran leadership role for the Kings during their Stanley Cup run, brought the legendary trophy to his childhood hometowns of Yorkton and Neudorf, Saskatchewan. It might have been a little cooler than his trip with Lord Stanley to Hermosa Beach back in June, but it looks like Stoll and his friends and family had a great time celebrating his achievement in the towns he called home as a child.
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March 10, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The reputation that precedes the Ducks is their offense, as the team has the third most goals in the NHL. But it also ranks fifth in the league in team defense, allowing 2.36 goals a game. The unit was further lifted by Friday's performance against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, limiting the potent Eastern Conference power to just seven shots through two periods before losing in a shootout. Monday night, the Ducks (43-14-7) have a second crack at Toronto right wing Phil Kessel, who scorched them for a hat trick Oct. 22 in the Maple Leafs' 4-2 home victory and resides on the highest scoring line in the NHL. The urgency of winning increased following the St. Louis Blues' Sunday victory that knocked the Ducks out of first place in the Western Conference for the first time this calendar year.
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March 10, 2014 | Helene Elliott
It wasn't the shiny glass and steel of Honda Center that made Randy Carlyle feel nostalgic Monday. Nor was it conducting the Toronto Maple Leafs' morning skate beneath the Stanley Cup banner he helped the Ducks win in 2007. The sight of two people, anonymous to fans but touchstones to him, brought out the mellow side of this gruff, old-school coach when he returned to Anaheim for the first time since the Ducks fired him on Nov. 30, 2011. "When you meet the parking lot attendant, the guy at the top of the ramp that you know, and he's the guy that used to look after your wife and your kids when you came to the rink and he was always a big happy guy to say hello, it's an emotional time to see him," Carlyle said.
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March 10, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + In his first start for Florida after being traded by the Vancouver Canucks, goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots for the Panthers' first regular-season shutout in nearly two years. Luongo, who played for Florida earlier in his career, found his old Pink Panther-themed mask for just the right note. + Ryan Miller is 4-0 since the Blues acquired him from Buffalo last week, helping St. Louis erase the Ducks' once-commanding lead in the West.
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March 10, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks' future is as encouraging as its present, according to a ranking of NHL prospects. Anaheim was ranked No. 1 in The Hockey News' Future Watch 2014, a grading of prospects and player development. The Ducks are currently in second place in the Western Conference, with a chance to return to the top spot over the St. Louis Blues by winning tonight at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Goaltender John Gibson was ranked the No. 2 prospect, defenseman Sami Vatanen, who has played in 41 of the Ducks' 65 games, was No. 24, recent call-up, center Rickard Rakell, is No. 29, and 2013 No. 1 pick Shea Theodore, a defenseman, is No. 75. Last year, the Ducks (43-14-7)
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March 1, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Owning the NHL's best record, the Ducks aren't feeling the pressure of Wednesday's trading deadline like others trying to get in the playoffs, climb toward Anaheim's lofty perch or rid themselves of a pending free agent. Yet, a final piece that could help clinch home-ice advantage through the Western Conference playoffs and further improve their chance at a Stanley Cup might be out there, and the Ducks are equipped with the depth to deal. Whether it be one more shutdown defenseman, an elite scoring forward or another center, Anaheim owns two first-round and two second-round picks in this year's draft, and a wealth of goaltending depth - such as Viktor Fasth - with young forwards who might also emerge as bargaining chips.
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February 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Four years wiser, Ducks stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf insisted Wednesday that the satisfaction of the gold medal that swung around their necks three days earlier won't dull their enthusiasm for a Stanley Cup. "Coming back from Vancouver [in 2010], I let myself do that, sat back and didn't finish the season the way I wanted to," Perry said as he, Team Canada teammate Getzlaf and tournament most valuable player Teemu Selanne of Finland rejoined the Ducks following their Sochi heroics.
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July 31, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Dustin Brown, captain of the NHL champion Los Angeles Kings, took the Stanley Cup on a tour of Ithaca, N.Y., on Sunday, visiting some of his favorite places. Among the stops were Ithaca High, the fire department, a favorite restaurant and a frozen yogurt shop that is run by his brother-in-law. There are a handful of videos on NHL.com, including a private viewing at Brown's house, where his children recognize the Cup as he opens the case but aren't sure what to make of it once Brown brings it into the house.
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February 19, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- The disappointment Anze Kopitar felt was immediate and deep after Slovenia's 5-0 loss to Sweden Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament, the end of the road for a gutsy team that won the admiration of hockey fans everywhere with its perseverance to get this far in its first-ever Olympic appearance. But soon that ache will fade and Kopitar, the Kings' standout center, will be able to appreciate the magnitude of what he and his teammates did here.
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February 16, 2014 | Helene Elliott
T.J. Oshie had only one concern when Coach Dan Bylsma called his name six times during the shootout that would settle Team USA's preliminary-round game against Russia. "I was just thinking of something else I could do to try to keep them guessing," said Oshie, whose shootout success with the NHL's St. Louis Blues helped him win an Olympic berth. "I had to go back to the same move a couple times, but I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves there. " Unlike the NHL, international rules permit players to take multiple shootout attempts after three rounds.
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