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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...

Clifford, Brown Lift Kings over Ottawa 4-1

Kyle Clifford earned second star of the game honors with his fine performance. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

Maybe the Kings were just looking so forward to the upcoming All-Star break. It could be the desire this team felt to send lone All-Star Jonathan Quick off to this weekend’s festivities on a high note. Or perhaps it was a disappointing performance from a surging Ottawa club that helped the home team bust out of their scoreless ways and in a rather resounding fashion. But whichever theory you subscribe to, it won’t change the end result as the Kings trounced the Senators 4-1 earli...

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...

Kings Require a Shootout (Again), But Fall to Flames 2-1

Kyle Clifford drops the gloves with Tim Jackman in the first period. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

A Sutter vs. Sutter rematch, albeit one with a little less hype, saw Brent crowned champion this time as his Calgary Flames eked out a 2-1 shootout victory against the Kings.

Olli Jokinen and Mike Cammalleri scored on both of their attempts, while it was only Justin Williams who was able to record a shootout goal for Los Angeles. The overtime loss marks the sixth of Darryl Sutter’s tenure as head coach and the Kings’ tenth of the season—tied with Florida for most in the league.

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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...

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...

Offense Abysmal, Power Play Even Worse in 1-0 Loss to Jackets

Much like Velma Kelly, Jonathan Quick cannot do it alone. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

This has to be heartbreaking for Jonathan Quick. The goal he allowed 11:25 into the second period effectively sealed the win for Columbus and gave Los Angeles their first loss in regulation under Coach Darryl Sutter. It was the only goal he gave up and yet, his team was unable to score just once to turn the contest the slightest bit competitive.

Perhaps most alarming of all was the Kings’ inability to net a single power play goal in eight attempts, which included a combined 2:03 of two-man advantage time. They were even give...

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, ...