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from Doug Ward at LAKings.com, It’s a familiar refrain, as predictable as the changing of a season. Whenever an owner, general manager, or coach takes over a team, the first goal is always the same: Change the culture.
It was no different when Dean Lombardi stepped in as the Kings’ President/General Manager in 2006. Lombardi inherited a Kings team that, after finishing 10th in the Western Conference and missing out on the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, was in dire need of a makeover.
“It requires almost a cultural change, to get your staff thinking a certain way,” Lombardi said, shortly after taking over in Los Angeles. “That’s what we’re working toward.”
Lombardi was determined to create the kind of winning culture he saw in perennially contending teams in hockey-rich cities like Montreal and Philadelphia. Lombardi had worked for the Flyers as a scout before arriving in Los Angeles and had a first-hand understanding of the way a model franchise went about its business. ...
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With one of the youngest rosters in the National Hockey League, it would have been somewhat understandable if the Los Angeles Kings had followed their 4-3 come-from-ahead loss in Detroit last week with wobbly play against a collection of some of the Western Conference's most talented and hottest teams.
Instead, the Kings have resiliently rebounded with consecutive wins against...
Dustin Penner sparked a three-goal third-period blitz that broke open a tie game and carried the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night that extended their winning streak to four games.
Penner, Dwight King and Kyle Clifford all found the net during a span of 8 minutes, 15 seconds against Pekka Rinne, who was trying to become the first goalie...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards each had a goal and two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings moved into an eighth-place tie in the Western Conference with their fifth consecutive victory, 5-2 over the stumbling San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Alec Martinez scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Dustin Penner added an insurance goal with 4:06 to play...
Los Angeles Kings 4, Nashville Predators 2
Staples Center; Los Angeles, California
March 17, 2012
* Kevin Klein, who had missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury, returned to the lineup on Saturday night.
* This was Jeff Carter‘s seventh game against Nashville this season. He had played in five games as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets...
Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards each had a goal and two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings moved into an eighth-place tie in the Western Conference with their fifth consecutive victory, 5-2 over the stumbling San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Alec Martinez scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Dustin Penner added an insurance goal with 4:06 to play, and Jeff Carter added...
LOS ANGELES – Martin Erat registered four shots on goal Saturday night in Los Angeles, but the Nashville Predators were only able to put 21 shots on Jonathan Bernier in their 4-2 loss to the Kings. Bernier now has a 6-1-0 record against the Predators.
“They play desperate, good hockey. They forecheck hard and they play tight defensively. It is really hard to play against them...
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are in the thick of a four-team race for the Pacific Division title despite entering Tuesday night's matchup at Staples Center on the outside of the postseason picture.
San Jose (36-26-10) and Los Angeles (35-25-12) each will look to keep pace in the division and Western Conference, and the surging Kings hope to improve their position...
In the final meeting between the Ducks and the Kings, you would have expected a lively game between the two teams. It certainly was lively in the stands of the sellout plus crowd, who seemed evenly split between the opponents. It wasn't that the Ducks were lackluster, but rather that the Kings were determined to earn two points in the standings and were not going to allow...