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Los Angeles Kings Select Tanner Pearson At No. 30

 

With the No. 30 overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Los Angeles Kings have selected Tanner Pearson.

Pearson is a big-bodied left wing that has been passed over in two previous drafts. He is a proto-typical late bloomer.

He has okay skating, but makes up for that with his vision and skills. He leans on his strengths, which include crisp passing and a quick release, instead of trying to play outside of his skill set.

His skating will likely need to improve if he is to excel to his full potential at the professional level. Pearson registered six points for Canada in the World Junior Championships, and his playmaking ability was on full display with fiv...

Simon Gagne Finally Gets His Cup

At around 8 p.m. Pacific standard time on June 11th, Simon Gagne had finally earned the right to hoist the Stanley Cup over his head.

Despite a series of unfortunate events that had spanned several seasons and a near tumble when he tried to pick up the Cup for the first time, Gagne had finally reached the peak of the hockey summit where he rightfully belonged.

Kings Win First Stanley Cup in Franchise History

Photo Courtesy of SB Nation/Travis Hughes.

For the first time in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup Champions. They capped off the series with an impressive 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Monday night in at the Staples Center in the company of twenty thousand of the clubs most fervent supporters.

The game’s most significant turn came in the first period with a five-minute major penalty assessed to New Jersey’s Steve Bernier for boarding Rob Scuderi. He was most likely retaliating for a non-call on a hit by Jarrett Stoll on Stephen Gionta, but his actions were solely responsible...

Feeling the Heat

It's amazing how quickly a series can turn. A week ago the Kings took game three and were one win away from a sweep and their first Stanley Cup, fast forward to today and things aren't as simple. Martin Brodeur has limited a high octane offense to two goals in the past two games and the Devils' offense has provided just enough spark to put pressure on Los Angeles. 

The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1945 Detroit Red Wings have become relevant again. New Jersey joins select company by trailing in the Stanley Cup Finals 3-0 and becoming the third team to bring the series back 3-2. In both the 1942 and '45 series the team down 3-2 won game six to force a game sev...

Devils Stave Off Elimination, Defeat Kings 3-1

Hey, it's a series! And hits like this will continue. (Photo courtesy of Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

Despite the sheer dominance the Los Angeles Kings have shown over the previous three contests, one sort of expecting these road-weary Devils to show some fight at some point. Tonight they did. The teams combined for four goals, all of which were scored in the third period. The final tally was recorded by rookie Adam Henrique, who only has two series-clinching goals on his short resume prior to tonight’s game. His short-side snipe with less than five minutes to go sealed the victory and saved his team from a...

Lights, Camera, Action!

For the first time in their 45 year history the Los Angeles Kings will be playing a game to win the Stanley Cup. The Kings other trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993 amounted to only one win and a series loss against the Montreal Canadiens, 19 years later L.A. only needs one more game.

The Kings postseason campaign has been taken right out of a Hollywood script. Substantial underdogs, the Kings ran through the top three seeds in the western conference suffering only two losses. Two overtime victories and a blowout later in the finals and the Kings are a step away from becoming NHL royalty. 

Most fitting, the potential clinching game will be in Los Angeles. Kin...

Kings One Win Away After Trouncing Devils 4-0

Yes, lightsabers. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

One more win. Drop those three words around any long-suffering Los Angeles Kings fan and you’re bound to see grown men reduced to tears. There’s also endless elation from fans of all ages as they shout, hoot, and holler until the sun rises the next morning. It promises to be a glorious moment when it happens, and it could be Wednesday. One more win.

That’s where the Kings sit this morning roughly nine hours after shutting out New Jersey by a score of 4-0 to take a three games to none series lead. Alec Martinez, Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter...

Stanley Cup Preview: Game 3

The third installment of the Stanley Cup Finals makes its way into the Staples Center tonight. The Kings had little time to celebrate their 2-1 overtime victory Saturday night, Darryl Sutter rushed his team out of the locker room and onto the team plane in order to get back to Los Angeles as quickly as possible. Up 2-0 in the series, the Staples Center will be packed with raucous fans hungry to get a step closer to the first championship in franchise history.

For the Devils it's time to get desperate. Tonight is ultimately a must-win scenario for New Jersey, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to go down 0-3 and rally back to win the Cup. The trip out west could be to...

Carter Gives Kings 2-0 Lead

The Kings are two wins away from their first Stanley Cup. The second installment of the finals was eerily similar to game one. Los Angeles scored the first goal, the Devils retaliated, and the Kings ended up victorious in overtime.

Jeff Carter ended the game with 13:42 left in overtime. Carter recovered his pass to Dustin Penner on the crease, circled around the goal and put a wrist shot past Martin Brodeur. Carter earned first star honors because of the goal. The win gives the Kings a perfect 10-0 mark on the road in the playoffs.

Drew Doughty opened the scoring with an unassisted goal 7:49 into the game. The Kings defensemen, familiar with scoring, took the puck into the Dev...

Stanley Cup Preview: Game 2

"Gross." - Every Flyers/Rangers/Kings fan. "Cool!" - I guess everyone else. (Photo courtesy of Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Wednesday night’s Game 1 didn’t fall too far from the format of a typical series opener. The game play became rather ugly at times, due largely to both teams’ inexperience with one another and the acknowledgement that one small mistake could cost you the game. The scoring chances were minimal, save for, of course, the three combined goals and Mark Fayne’s swing-and-a-miss (or a swing-and-a-wide, however you want to look at it) at a wide open net late in the t...