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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...

Roy's Next Move

Though I write about the Canucks, I could not get enough of this story. Former Canadiens goaltender and NHL Hall of famer, Patrick Roy, has told reporters that if any proposals came up for a coaching job, he would listen to the offers.  Brian Raiger takes a look at a few teams where the great #33 could possibly go, and could make a positive impact.

Montreal Canadiens - This is going to be my number one choice for a few reasons. We all know that Jacques Martin was fired by the Habs, making Randy Cunneyworth the interim head coach. Let’s say we let Cunneyworth play out this season, and at the end of the year Pierre Gauthier calls up Patty Roy.  Roy has told reporters ...

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...

Game Preview: Red Wings vs. Kings

Games at this point in the season shouldn't be filled with so much of it, but today's game has drama written all over it. 

The Red Wings and Kings face each other for the second time this season, with the Wings having the series advantage after a 4-1 win in Los Angeles. The Kings are now without Terry Murray, who was fired from the head coaching position on Monday. They gave interim coach John Stevens his first win Thursday night against Columbus, snapping a five-game losing streak. 

The Wings on the other hand, managed to let a potential four-game win streak get awat from them Thursday night in Nashville. Expect them to be looking for a chance to r...

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...

Terry Murray Fired

It may not be for long, but this is John Stevens' team for now.

For what it lacked in elegance, it made up for in brevity. But what’s done is done and Terry Murray is no longer head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. The team has lost four in a row and currently sits on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture with a 13-12-4 record.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, general manager Dean Lombardi “scorched the players in a meeting” shortly before the firing was announced and that he was “very upset to fire Murray.” During Lombardi’s presser earlier this evening, he admitted that Murray’s d...

Offense Sputters, Kings Drop 4th in a Row

Simon Gagne (12) looks defeated. His team has lost four in a row and six of their last eight.

Other headlines I considered include “Pretty in Purple, Ugly Everywhere Else” and “A Case of Extraordinary Indifference.” Both sum up tonight’s effort from the Kings fairly well and quite frankly, do a better job of describing the game so one’s eyes won’t have to look at the statistics.

The Kings lost to the Dallas Stars earlier tonight by a score of 2-1. They were outshot 28-27 and committed 10 penalties within the allotted 60 minutes of gameplay. Add that to the 13 giveaways registered by the home squad (all of which seemingly occurre...

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 ...