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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 Break Out, Score 4 (!) in Win

For the first time since before Thanksgiving, the Kings scored more than 2 goals in regulation. Happiness is abound. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

The Kings were still receiving gifts one full day after Christmas had passed. Some were in the form of goals from the unlikeliest of players, while others simply came from the lackluster play of Phoenix goalie Jason LaBarbera, who was given a third straight start with the injury to lead goaltender Mike Smith. Nonetheless, the Kings took the offensive bump in stride and defeated the Coyotes by a score of 4-3.

Rob Scuderi, Willie Mitchell, and Brad Richardson scored the firs...

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...

Kings End Road-Trip with 3-2 Shootout Victory

Captain Dustin Brown celebrates his 2nd period goal.

As tempting as it may be count Dustin Brown’s shootout winner as the Kings’ third goal of the evening and the first time in twelve games they have reached that mark…well, you can’t really do that. Nonetheless, the captain’s final tally gave his team the 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier tonight.

The Kings outshot Toronto 42-33, including a dominating second period which saw the Kings get four times as many shots as their opponents (16-4). Goals were provided by Justin Williams, his fifth of the year, and Brown, who fi...

Stevens’ Swan Song Falls Flat, Kings Throttled 8-2

Jonathan Bernier knows things have to get better than this soon.

If Thursday’s win versus Columbus was cause for a quiet optimism, tonight’s contest could very well be considered nothing less than rock bottom.

Some might argue it had already been decided halfway through the first period. Less than two minutes had passed before the away team found themselves on their heels and down by two. Both Jonathan Quick (who started) and Jonathan Bernier (who struggled in relief) played less than spectacular and the Kings were downed by the Red Wings’ stifling, and at times, flawless offensive attack. Detroit...

Streak Snapped, Kings Win 2-1

Davis Drewiske is greeted by a smiling Anze Kopitar (11) and Dustin Brown (23).

The Kings played hockey for more than 104 minutes without scoring a goal. So naturally, the one to stop the streak would be none other than Davis Drewiske, the 27-year old defenseman who hasn’t scored in more than two years and pride of Hudson, Wisconsin, right?

The stat sheet doesn’t lie. The Kings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight by a score of 2-1. It was indeed Drewiske who flung the puck from the blue line over Curtis Sanford’s left shoulder and into the net four minutes into the third period. With the ga...

New Coach, Same Result—Kings Shutout by Bruins 3-0

Rich Peverley (49) bangs home a first period goal to put the Bruins on top.

We’ll never know exactly how GM Dean Lombardi pictured this game playing out, a mere 24 hours removed from a change at head coach—but I think it would be safe to say he hoped for better than this.

The Kings were shutout by Tukka Rask and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins earlier tonight in Boston by a score of 3-0. The goals were provided by the combined efforts of Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand, who netted two for his tenth and eleventh tallies on the season. Rask stopped all 41 (!) (more later on that) shots that came...

Kings Fall to Wild, Hackett 4-2

Ethan Moreau (17) skates off the ice as Mikko Koivu celebrates his first period goal.

The Minnesota Wild are the best team in hockey. Jonathan Quick was not at his best tonight. And well, that’s all you really need to know about last night’s contest from the Staples Center. The Kings fell by a score of 4-2 thanks to two defensive gaffes at the start of the first and second period. Any offense that was mounted by Terry Murray’s bunch was stifled by the outstanding effort from the other net-minder on the ice, 21-year old Matt Hackett.

Dustin Penner (!) netted his second goal of the year 3:59 into the third period of play, which ended Hackett’s shu...

Kings Can Only Go Up From Here

Yes, it’s a worn-out cliché, but the Los Angeles Kings certainly didn’t picture their season to be playing out the way it has thus far. No proud franchise wants to be sitting in third place within their division a little more than a quarter of the way through the season. At 13-10-4 through 27 games, it would be far from an understatement to say that these Kings have underachieved.

Success is never a guarantee, even when seemingly all the right pieces are in all the right places. Professional teams from all over the world with far higher expectations (and consequently) far more media exposure have set the bar disappointing fans, players and owners alike. And let’s ...