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Carter, Kings Upend Flames 3-1

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On the last leg of their extended road trip, the Kings did something that has only happened once before this season—win consecutive games. Following a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Tuesday night, the squad finished the Alberta sweep with a 3-1 victory against the hapless Calgary Flames Wednesday evening at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Los Angeles now pulls within one point of the Dallas Stars as they attempt to scratch and claw their way out of the Pacific Division cellar and to be sure, it’s better late than never.

In net, Jonathan Bernier earned the start to...

Game Preview: Kings vs. Oilers

 

Preview: The Kings (5-6-2; 12 points) head into Edmonton with the second worst record in the Western Conference. A physical 3-2 loss against the Blackhawks on Sunday should focus and motivate the Kings who have had success at Rex Place (7-0-2) over the past couple of seasons. The Oilers (6-5-3; 15 points) are rolling after a 6-4 come from behind win against the Avalanche, which was their highest point total of the season.

The 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin will be making his second start of the season for the Oilers. The veteran has had quality production in his previous two appearances allowing only three goals on 47 shots. Edmonton has a physical defense that seldomly...

Game Preview: Kings vs. Blues

 

The Kings (3-5-1; 8 points) have a quick turn around after a devastating 3-2 loss in Detroit when they head to St. Louis to take on the Blues (6-4-1; 13 points) tonight at 5. The Kings have dropped their past two games and are 1-3 entering the final leg of their road trip. After a red hot start the Blues are on a four game skid earning only one point. St. Louis lost Saturday night 6-5 (SO) to Anaheim and hope to end their four game home stand on a positive note.

The Kings offensive woes continued in Detroit when they registered a season high 47 shots against Robby Howard only converting two for goals. St. Louis has allowed 22 goals in the past four games with a suspect ...

Second Period Onslaught Leads Kings Past Blue Jackets, 4-2

 

 

Another slow first period put the Kings in a hole at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

A Slava Voynov goal was disallowed when Anze Kopitar was called for incidental contact with Columbus goalie, Steve Mason. The Kings entered the game 2-3-2 and in 14th place in the Western conference with road games in Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago looming  tonight's game was crucial. The Blue Jackets took the lead when a shot went off the skate of Derek MacKenize and found its way past Jonathan Quick. Adding injury to insult Drew Doughty limped off the ice writhing in pain after taking a slapshot to his foot just before the end of the period. ...

Kings Continue Season Slide, Fall to Ducks 7-4

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Stanley Cup hangovers have proved to be problems of varying degrees for teams coming off of a championship. Blame the perpetual photo shoot sessions and unending praise from complete strangers and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment for a sluggish start to a new year. It’s easy to do those things. But when looking at this 48-game schedule, it’s also easy to point towards the especially extended offseason, coupled with the fact that the Kings’ roster is basically identical to the one which won the Stanley Cup last June and wonder why the team isn’t winni...

Kings Win Number One, Dispatch Coyotes 4-2

The defending Stanley Cup Champions finally have a win to call their own. It appears as though head coach Darryl Sutter was right all along—there was nothing to be overly concerned with. Except that power play, which once again failed to register a tally, bringing the team’s total man-advantage record to 0-23.

The Kings (1-2-1) defeated division rival Phoenix (1-4) by a score of 4-2 thanks to a number of offensive contributions at just the right time. That may seem a bit obvious and with a twinge of ease as they went against a career mediocre backup goaltender in Jason LaBarbera. Starter Mike Smith continues to nurse an injury. His retu...

The Lockout-And So It Begins

The boys are back in town and sales will soon increase at Chipotles, Mr. Macs Canteen and dozens of restaurants in the area as the players prepare for the upcoming season.

It will not be long before locals can expect a Swedish flag flying outside a home rented by John Persson, Johan Sundstrom, David Ullstrom and Anders Nillson while larea chefs cringe as Ullstrom adds ketchup to the marinara sauce they spent hours preparing.

Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Quick, and the mega deal

With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.

Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.

On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.

Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...

Milford CT : Home of BIC, Schick, Quick and The Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Milford, CT is a typical blue-collared New England town. Like many, it has its’ green (the second largest in New England), a rich Revolutionary War history (Liberty Rock) and the strip malls, auto dealerships and struggling franchises that dot the Rte. 1 landscape from Maine to Florida. Milford is also the home of Schick, BIC, Subway, PEZ (actually nearby Orange, CT) and a guy named Jonathan Quick. It is also the winter home of most of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

In the photo (Wikipedia/Benutzer:makemake) you see an aerial view of the Milford harbor. The ubiquitous island, top center, is Charles Island, a bird sanctuary and well-known sight to most Sound Tigers players. The players often rent beach cottages along the stretch of beach facing the island during the winter months and for good reason. Many of these homes demand $1800 per week and more during the summer months, off-season these same homes are available for a small fraction of that amount. This is where they pool their resources and form what can best be described as ‘frat-houses’ where life long friendships are born. In April of 2010, after being abducted, I was given a personal tour of one.

Kings Win First Stanley Cup in Franchise History

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For the first time in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup Champions. They capped off the series with an impressive 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Monday night in at the Staples Center in the company of twenty thousand of the clubs most fervent supporters.

The game’s most significant turn came in the first period with a five-minute major penalty assessed to New Jersey’s Steve Bernier for boarding Rob Scuderi. He was most likely retaliating for a non-call on a hit by Jarrett Stoll on Stephen Gionta, but his actions were solely responsible...