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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, ...

Kings Take Scoreless Game to Brink, But Fall in OT

Jack Johnson (3) skates away as Evander Kane (9) and Blake Wheeler (26) celebrate their OT winner. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

There is an old hockey adage which maintains that one of the strongest yardsticks of a team’s performance and potential lies in how they compete in back-to-back games. Tonight marked the second time in eight days and the sixth time this season in which the Kings have found themselves in such a circumstance. They had previously gained a knack for coming up just a tad short in the second game, and that trend continued tonight in Winnipeg.

The Kings failed to score in the allotted sixty ...

Blackhawks Can't Solve Quick in 2-0 Loss to Kings

It was the kind of game Blackhawks fans knew they could win if Chicago could just break through with a goal before the start of the third period.

Didn't happen.

Jonathan Quick stopped all 38 shots by the Chicago Blackhawks and Trent Hunter and Jarret Stoll scored a dirty goal each en route to their 2-0 victory over Chicago last night. Los Angeles Kings won their second straight and improve to 5-4-1 in their last ten games.

Patrick Sharp had a team-high eight shots on net for Chicago, but the Hawks couldn't find a way to breach the U.S. born Kings' netminder, despite several good scoring chances.

The Blackhawks, on the whole, played a good game. Their 38...

Kings, Quick Stun Blackhawks 2-0

Jonathan Quick makes 1 of his 38 saves. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

On paper, this contest looked like a mismatch. The Blackhawks sported the league’s best record at 23-9-4, and had won five straight on home ice and carried a 6-0-1 record at home this month. Chicago also possessed the league’s best offense—which when compared to L.A.’s worst only helped more to make this game look like a lost cause. However, none of this accounts for Jonathan Quick.

The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 2-0 behind Quick, who stopped all 38 shots he faced (including 18 in the third period alone) and recorded his ...

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...

Sutter Wins First with Kings

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...