As a hockey fan first, and an Islander fan second I am still able to watch and enjoy the playoffs even though the Islanders are not involved. Now my question to all the Islander fans who read this blog (don't worry I'll give my answer too) is who are you rooting for in the second round of these playoffs. Whether it be your second favorite team, or your significant other's team or just a team you've always liked but won;t admit to it who are you backing? (Photo Credit: The Business of Sports)
With two wins in a row and twelve games to go, Los Angeles sits in tenth place in the Western Conference. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
Less than a week after surrendering a late 3-2 lead against these same Detroit Red Wings, the Kings came out of the gates firing and dominated play for the majority of the clock’s sixty minutes. Five different Kings recorded the team’s five goals en route to a resounding 5-2 win Tuesday night at the Staples Center.
An injury-plagued Detroit team may have been just what the doctor ordered for L.A. The Red Wings are still playing without key contrib...
Matt Donovan is currently in the second half of his first full season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 50 games played, the 6 foot, 202 pound defenseman has registered six goals and 25 assists for 31 points while maintaining a +11 rating.
Donovan has quickly become one of the Sound Tigers most reliable and contributing defenseman, playing with others such as Aaron Ness, Calvin de Haan and Ty Wishart. Selected 96th overall in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Donovan has been developing nicely. He had spent two seasons with the University of Denver before making his transition from college life to that of a professional hockey player. His best year with Denver came in 2011 where he scored 32 points from the blue line in 42 games.
On the depth charts, Donovan looks as if to be one of the most well polished blue liners that the Islanders organization has groomed through their farm system. If he continues his play, this could be the last time Connecticut locals will see him in a Sound Tigers jersey.
He and I talked about that possibility this afternoon over the phone.
Andrei Loktionov (#48) celebrates his second goal of the season with Jack Johnson (#3) and Anze Kopitar (#11). Photo courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Last week, underachieving yet aching Jarrett Stoll was placed on injured reserve. Defenseman Slava Voynov was also moved, albeit demoted to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. In their place arrived two young forwards, Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, making their NHL debuts. This afternoon the duo achieved just that, notching a combined three points en route to a Kings victory.
Nolan was responsible for netting the team’s game-winning goal 11:29 into the...
Jonathan Quick was pulled after allowing two goals on eleven shots Thursday night. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Thursday night in Sunrise, Florida the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t have possibly looked more like themselves. (An explanation? Ok.)
It was an offensively challenged contest from start to finish with neither the Panthers or visiting Kings being able to generate more than a few scoring chances. The Kings recorded only twenty-three shots over the course of the game, twelve of which came in the first period. That first frame also handed Los Angeles two power plays, neither of which amounted to m...
Justin Williams (14) gives scores his gives his team a 2-1 lead. The Kings are 73-0-5 since April 2009 when leading after two periods. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
After all, the Kings were due for a win. The team has been alternating winning and losing efforts since the twenty-eighth of December (that’s eleven games and nearly three weeks). It’s a stretch that surely frustrates head coach Darryl Sutter, but nonetheless has the boys in white earning a pivotal two points earlier tonight.
A goaltender duel of sorts featuring Jonathan Quick and Roberto Luongo took the game to an extra overtime period and s...
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.
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...
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?
Newly-appointed head coach Darryl Sutter looks on. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
It’s hard to measure exactly how much of an impact Darryl Sutter had on his new team earlier tonight, but one thing is for sure, he’s already off to a good start. The Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout 3-2, with help from Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll, who notched the extra-time goals.
During the game’s initial 65 minutes, the Kings played with a tenacity (evidenced mostly by Colin Fraser’s scrap with Anaheim’s Matt Belesky in the first period) that served them well in this game and will certainl...