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Kings Regain Winning Ways, Defeat Tampa Bay 3-1

Kyle Clifford puts the eventual game-winner past a struggling Dwayne Roloson. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Following two losses in the first two games of their road-trip east, the Kings looked everything but confident heading into a nationally televised game in Tampa Bay. However, any offensive rust was shaken off rather quickly and a defensive performance like no other propelled the team to a 3-1 victory earlier tonight.

The Kings notched only one goal in their previous 120 minutes of play, but recorded three tallies on a mere twenty shots against a struggling Dwayne Roloson en route to their twe...

Offense Abysmal in Kings 3-1 Loss to Colorado

Matt Greene (presumbly) wonders when this offensive slump will ever end. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

The Kings fell to the visiting Colorado Avalanche by a score of 3-1. J.S. Giguere stopped twenty-five of the twenty-six shots he faced and Peter Mueller had the go-ahead goal in just his fifth game back from a career-threatening concussion. It was his third goal of the season after two earlier in the week. Mueller had previously been sidelined since 4/4/2010.

In the losing effort, birthday boy Jonathan Quick was not bad, but clearly frustrated after being dealt his twenty-first loss of the season. The goaltender dre...

Tired Kings Lose in OT, 2-1

Originally chosen by the Kings 30th overall in 1996, Josh Green scores against his former team to give his current one a 1-0 lead. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

Playing in their second game in less than twenty-four hours, the Kings looked like the very personification of road-weary. Any spark—any offensive pushed was muffled just as quickly as it started. The team managed only 21 shots on goal en route to a 2-1 overtime loss in Edmonton last night.

Justin Williams earned a high-sticking minor in the extra frame which led to a goal by Taylor Hall to seal the victory for the Oilers, only their second win of the m...

Darryl Bests Brent in Sutter Battle, Kings Win 4-1

The Kings are now 7-1-3 under Darryl Sutter. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

If one were to get caught up in all the subplots surrounding last night’s game between Los Angeles and Calgary, one might forget that there actually was, you know, sixty minutes of hockey to be played. Yes, one Sutter (Darryl) went toe-to-toe with another (Brent) and Mike Cammalleri scored in his much ballyhooed return to the Flames, but it was Darryl and the Kings who came out on top by a 4-1 score.

After a scoreless and offensively challenged first period for the Kings, they would quickly grab two in a three-minute span. Mike Richards ...

Back-and-Forth Battle Ends in 5-4 Shootout Defeat

The Kings missed out on an extra point with the loss, but potentially losing Anze Kopitar could be far worse. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

In what could be billed as the most entertaining contest of the season, the Kings fought with an extraordinary intensity but ultimately came up short, losing in a shootout to the Dallas Stars 5-4.

A back-and-forth game saw a shootout determine the winner deep into the night. Jarret Stoll, Dustin Brown, and Trevor Lewis were all denied on their attempts while the Stars’ Loui Eriksson connected on his to earn the squad the extra point.

Although he faced sixteen shots in...

Kings’ Offensive Comes Alive, Scores 5 in Win over Caps

Jack Johnson after scoring his second period goal and shortly before "Tebowing" in celebration. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

There is no doubt that Jonathan Quick is the MVP of the Kings’ season at the halfway mark. His numbers have been terrific and his play has consistently been unparalleled. Thus, it only makes sense that his team would break out of their prolonged offensive slump and erupt for five goals (not to mention one of which was scored on the power play)…all with their starting goaltender riding the pine.

Back-up Jonathan Bernier was given the spot-start and also an atypical amount...

Doughty Scores OT Winner, Quick Records 6th Shutout in Win

Jarrett Stoll and Jonathan Quick celebrate the win with the only way they know how. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

For a game that looked so lackluster one minute and then so well-played the next, Drew Doughty’s controversial overtime winner may be the most fitting way for it to end.

Thirty-eight seconds into the extra frame, Doughty drove towards the left side of the net and switched back to the forehand inches in front of Phoenix’s Mike Smith to slide the puck past his leg. He jarred the net loose with his large frame upon falling, but after review, the net never came completely out of its moorings. Jack...

Strong Start Proves Futile as Kings Fall in Shootout, 2-1

Justin Williams handles the puck along the boards, in what probably led to one of his five shots on goal. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

For the way the way tonight’s contest between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche ended, one might think neither team had a clear advantage at any point in the game. However, the Kings did—outshooting the opposition twelve to five, notching one goal and watching another get disallowed all in the first period. The Kings also spent over eight minutes on the power play before Colorado even had a crack at their own man-advantage. So what happened?

Well, missed opport...

Kings Ring in New Year with Decisive 4-1 Victory

Brad Richardson (15) and Andrei Loktionov (48) celebrate a first period goal. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

Prior to tonight’s game, head coach Darryl Sutter boasted that his team’s power play was “awesome.” Yes, the same power play unit that has capitalized on two of the previous forty-two chances. But 9:03 into the third period of tonight’s tilt with the Vancouver Canucks, Sutter’s high praise looked like it may have been spot on.

When presented with their fifth man-advantage of the evening, Justin Williams deflected a perfect wrist shot from Slava Voynov into the Vancouver net, ...

Kings Dealt Loss in Shootout, 2-1

Jonathan Quick allows the eventual game winner from Ryan Clowe. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

For the first time in a month, the Kings played on back-to-back nights. And after a solid performance two days ago against the Ducks, they earned a point, yet were dealt an overtime loss at the hands of the division-leading San Jose Sharks.

The first period saw a flurry of chances for the Kings’ offense, which suddenly appeared to be well on their way to busting out of the past month’s offensive funk. Trent Hunter fed a wide-open Dustin Brown in front of the net, but Brown was unable to lift the puck over the out...