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Blackhawks take first home playoff loss 6-2 vs Kings

If you were betting on the Blackhawks sweeping the Western Conference Finals, that's a bet that was definitely lost tonight, as Chicago had their first loss on home ice in the playoffs so far.

The Blackhawks owned possession for most of the first, but the Kings were dedicating themselves to defense and commanding face offs. It was a steady parade to the box for both teams throughout the first: the Kings took four, and the Blackhawks two. Nick Leddy got Chicago on the board first, a power play goal 14:16 into the game, off a feed from Duncan Keith.

Just after Drew Doughty's late-first-period penalty expired in the second, Ben Smith made it 2-0 for the Blackhawks 1:40 in...

Hawks gear up to face LA Kings

The Hawks have a return engagement to the Western Conference Final with a very familiar opponent, in fact the same opponent as last year, the Los Angeles Kings. In a series that could be called the tournament of champions the Hawks and the Kings are the last two Stanley Cup Champions and are looking for more championships but must get past each other first.

Throughout these playoffs we have heard the terms resolve and resiliency used on several occasions when describing the Chicago Blackhawks. Now more than ever they will need to muster all of their resolve because the LA Kings have an equal amount and know how to win and what it takes.

The Los Angeles Kings have faced elimina...

Blackhawks drop Game 3 to Kings, 3-1

All the talk swirling around this series for the past two days has centered around the Kings' dominance at home. Through two series, Los Angeles has been 7-0 at home, despite a mostly-poor road performance.

In tonight's game at the Staples Center, the Blackhawks played like they expected the Kings to win. Unfortunately for them, it wasn't until the third period that they looked like they realized they didn't need to give the game away.

On the positive side: despite poor play for two periods, being out-shot (28-20; 60-40 once factoring in all shot attempts) and out-hit, despite being just 41% on the dot and 15 giveaways, the Blackhawks limited the King...

Playoff Preview? Kings take on Sharks

 

Preview: The Kings (24-14-4; 52 points) look to end their local road woes as they head to San Jose to take on the Sharks (22-13-7; 51 points) tonight at 7:30. The Kings enter in fourth place in the Western Conference with the Sharks in fifth, only one point behind. With seven games left the Kings playoff chances look secure as long as they can avoid a major collapse.

The Kings have lost three road games in a row and the Sharks have one of the best home-ice records in the league. There’s a good possibility that the Kings could meet the Sharks in the first round of the playoffs, making tonight’s  game not only preview but a battle for the better se...

Game Preview: Showdown in Anaheim

 

Preview: There could be a lot on the line for tonight’s Southern California battle. The Kings (22-13-3; 47 points) make the short trip to Anaheim to take on the Ducks (25-8-5; 55 points) tonight at 6. Tonight’s contest marks the final ten games in the season for both teams. Los Angeles currently sits in second place in the Pacific Division trailing the Ducks by eight points. The Kings final game against Anaheim will be next Saturday at the Staples Center.

Since the winner of each division is reserved a top three seed for the playoffs winning the Pacific Division provides plenty of advantages. A chance to pick up two points on the Ducks and set the ton...

Game Preview: Kings head to Phoenix

 

 

 

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The Kings (14-8-2; 30 points) head Phoenix to take on the Coyotes (12-10-3; 27 points) tonight at 7. Los Angles finished their recent five game home stand 4-1 and have won 11 of their last 14 games. The sharp turn around puts the Kings in second place in their division and third in the West. The Pacific rival Coyotes are fourth in the division and ninth in the West.

The two teams met in the West Conference finals last May and despite playing only one game this season are familiar with one another. Fast physical games are common place and tonight’s game will provide intensity with the Kings trying to keep their moment...

Kings Douse Flames, 6-2

The Kings are 7-1-1 in their past nine games against the Calgary Flames. Matchup number ten will take place in less than 48 hours as the teams line up again in the Staples Center Monday night.

Tonight's 6-2 victory puts the Kings in fourth place in the Western Conference with 28 points (13-8-2). Balance is the operative word to describe the Kings performance, scoring in all three periods with six different scorers. 

Jeff Carter continued his scoring tear with a power play goal 4:18 into the game. The Kings' forward has scored six goals in the past four games, thirteen in the last thirteen, and with seventeen on the season Carter is second in the league trai...

Struggles Mount, Pressure Increases for Kings

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It would have been foolish to assume that the Kings wouldn’t hit a speed bump or two over the course of their road-trip. The second game of their trip, following a relatively easy win against lowly Columbus on Tuesday night, saw the defending champs stroll into Nashville looking for another victory to add to their win total. They didn’t get it.

Despite outshooting the opposition by more than sixteen, the Kings’ offense struggled mightily to register a single goal before bowing out with a final score of 0-3. Predators’ goaltender Pekka Rinne recorded his first s...

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...