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The Kings roller-coaster campaign was rewarded Thursday night when they reached the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
And it came to fruition shortly before the puck was dropped at Staples Center for the Kings-Sharks game, the home finale for Los Angeles. The Kings' magic number, one, transformed into zero when the Predators defeated Dallas, 2-0, in Nashville, officially eliminating the Stars from playoff contention.
The news that the Kings clinched a playoff spot was announced at Staples Center in the opening minutes of the Sharks game, getting a loud round of applause from the crowd.
Dallas had needed to stay alive with a victory against the Predators. The Stars have missed the playoffs for the last four seasons. Still on the line is the Pacific Division title, and the Kings have won a division title just once in franchise history.
"You see who sinks and you see who swims and we need a bunch of swimmers in here if we want to get to where we want to be, in the playoffs, Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell said about the race.
To give ourselves a shot at it and what we all want. It's up to all of us to swim. Swim real hard."
In Nashville, the game-winning goal came early (4 minutes 28 seconds) in the third period from an unexpected source -- defenseman Francis Bouillon, who has scored four goals this season. But three of them have come in the last six games.
Nashville got an insurance goal from forward Patric Hornqvist with two minutes remaining, and Hornqvist had the first assist on the Bouillon goal.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Los Angeles Kings announced their award winners.
AS VOTED BY THE MEDIA
Most Valuable Player "Bill Libby Memorial Award" - Jonathan Quick
Best Newcomer "Mark Bavis Memorial Award" - Jeff Carter
Outstanding Defenseman - Willie Mitchell
Defensive Player - Jonathan Quick
AS VOTED BY THE KINGS PLAYERS
Most Inspirational Player "Ace Bailey Memorial Award...
ANYTHING TO WIN?
Last night, the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings faced off in a hugely important divisional match-up which unfortunately resulted in a Kings 6-5 shootout loss. At stake for the Kings was the potential to clinch the division and of course a little redemption from last year’s postseason. The game had a very gritty, playoff-type feel to it, resulting in a combined total of...
On the strength of their Vezina-contending goaltender and an improving offense, the Los Angeles Kings hope to make some noise this spring.How exactly does one explain the 2011-12 Kings? They were involved in one of the two Flyers blockbuster trades last summer when they sent a package of players to Philadelphia for Mike Richards. Conventional thinking was that Richards, who was the...
San Jose Sharks left winger Ryane Clowe blatantly cheated, and got away with it, while sitting on the bench during the third period of Thursday night's NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings. Clowe reached over onto the ice with his stick and tapped the puck away while Kings center Jarret Stoll was racing down the ice with it on a 3-on-2 breakaway.
The Los Angeles Kings will play a special preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario in October, the Kings announced Friday.
Tickets for the game are expected to go on sale the end of May. Current Kings season ticket members (full and partial plan members) can register beginning now to receive special pre-sale priority. For more information...
LOS ANGELES Controversy enveloped one of the mostexciting hockey games of the season Thursday night by virtue of a bizarre playthat had long-tenured hockey figures scratching their heads, trying to recallthe last time they had seen something similar.
The San Jose Sharks went into Staples Center and defeated the Los Angeles Kings6-5 in a shootout in a game that featured 10 goals...
Look forward to a wild Saturday night in San Jose, as the Kings and San Jose Sharks will play a game that could have a ton of significance.
Depending on the results of Friday's game between Phoenix and St. Louis, the winner of Saturday's Kings-Sharks game could finish first in the Pacific Division -- with the third seed in the Western Conference -- while the loser could...
The Los Angeles Kings will be without the services of center Jeff Carter for Thursday's game against the Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks, coach Darryl Sutter said.
Carter will miss his fourth straight contest with a deep bone bruise in his ankle. The Kings (40-27-13), who have posted a 2-0-1 mark in that stretch, can secure a postseason berth on Thursday.
Some time back, Randy or Drew mentioned Highlander during a game without saying the obvious thing, the thing you say when you mention Highlander: “There can be only one.” No, I think he said something about the quickening. I don’t think it was a game against the Kings but a discussion of Jonathan Quick is the obvious next step.
Does Quick get stronger with every team he...
The race for the Vezina trophy may come down to three finalists, but this year it’s a two horse race between Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick. To be fair, both are very deserving of the award. They have had tremendous years, and are clearly the two best goalies this year. While we have been spoiled by having the best goalie in the world in net, the Kings would not be anywhere...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With about 2 minutes left in what was already the wackiest game of the season for the Sharks and Kings, Ryane Clowe stood up at the San Jose bench and reached his stick over the boards and onto the ice.
Clowe deftly poked the puck away from Los Angeles' onrushing Jarret Stoll, who understandably didn't anticipate this development, then pulled his stick...
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy tries to make a compelling argument for Jonathan Quick to win the Vezina Trophy over Henrik Lundqvist..."But if you see the Vezina as an award not only for the goalie "adjudged to be the best at this position" but also the goalie who was vital to his team's success, then Jonathan Quick beats Henrik Lundqvist for the award. He has better...
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider, Darryl Sutter might say simple things, but be assured that he’s not a simple man. Every coach has his own motivational tools, and every coach knows that what he says publicly has a good chance of making its way to his players’ eyes and ears. To that end, Sutter gave some interesting comments today, after initially being asked about Jonathan...
Drew Doughty reacts to Ryane Clowe playing the puck from the bench, more on that later in the post.
Florida's Stephen Weiss will be making his first appearance in the playoffs after ten years of waiting. [Puck Daddy] Florida clinched after Buffalo lost to Philadelphia.
The Capitals will probably head into the playoffs with Braden Holtby as the starter. Michal...
Ryan Clowe's moment of blatant cheating could be a reason the San Jose Sharks may have a chance at a fifth straight Pacific Division title.
The Los Angeles Kings wouldn't mind getting a measure of revenge on Clowe while hoping they have a shot at just their second division crown in team history.
The bitter rivals conclude the regular season in what could be a winner-takes...