March 30, 2014 |
Upon further review . . . Teammates were more than impressed with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's incredible kick save on Blake Wheeler with just under a minute remaining in their 4-2 win over Winnipeg on Saturday night. Quick was on his stomach and kicked his right leg back to make the save on Wheeler, who was shooting from a sharp angle from the right corner. The view on the ice was one thing. But it looked even better when the Kings were finally able to watch the replays afterward.
March 29, 2014 |
Their hard-earned road mentality survived the flight home intact, making the trip back to Staples Center with the Kings. That hasn't always been the case this season. But the Kings chased one goalie (Ondrej Pavelec) and scored once on his replacement (Al Montoya) to defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory. Leading scorer Anze Kopitar scored twice for the Kings, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season, his linemate Marian Gaborik added two assists, as did defenseman Willie Mitchell for his first multi-point game in nearly two years.
March 26, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - With the Kings scheduled to play their third road game in four days when they face the Penguins on Thursday at Consol Energy Center, Coach Darryl Sutter declared Wednesday's practice an optional session. Not surprisingly, most players opted out. Forwards Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford and defenseman Matt Greene shared the ice with goaltender Martin Jones, and all of them got a good workout that was led by Sutter. It's normal for youngsters and players who get little ice time to participate in optional practices, but it's a relatively new adventure for Greene, a veteran whose toughness and basic defensive play made him a leader during the team's 2012 Stanley Cup run. Greene, who was designated an alternate captain because of his stalwart play and the respect he has within the locker room, has been a healthy scratch in 12 of the last 13 games.
March 9, 2014 |
EDMONTON, Canada - Goalie Ben Scrivens knew he would have to worry about the usual suspects among his former Kings teammates. Of course, there was leading scorer Jeff Carter and the two-way brilliance of center Anze Kopitar. Then there was the man who came to dinner: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. Martinez put the Kings ahead for good in their 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Carter scored twice, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season. His first goal went off the left skate of Edmonton defenseman Philip Larsen, just 1 minute 36 seconds into the game, and Carter's other goal glanced off his own skate, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead at 10:16 of the second period.
January 28, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Darryl Sutter said Tuesday the wear and tear of his Kings' Grammys trip that began Jan. 16 has been “brutal.” “No rest, no practice, no energy,” the Kings coach said before his team plays the host Phoenix Coyotes (24-18-10) Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Pacific time. “We don't lose games because of effort, put it that way. You see us always push back and push through, but sometimes your top guys don't have the energy to do it.” Yet, should the Kings (30-18-6)
January 22, 2014 |
Their Dodger Stadium game will certainly be historic, with KISS in concert, beach volleyball to the side and an expected sellout crowd watching hockey in the open (and warm) air. But Thursday night's prequel to Saturday's NHL Stadium Series event, pitting the chafed Ducks and Kings in the normal surroundings of Honda Center, should have tremendous entertainment value as well. The Kings (29-16-6) arrive desperate for a win, mired in a 1-2-1 trip that included Saturday's galling shootout loss in Detroit.