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The Los Angeles Kings kept playing through a slew of injuries. They kept coming when the Chicago Blackhawks jumped out to an early lead, and they tried everything to force another home game in the Western Conference finals.
They just couldn't find a way this year.
Once Chicago's Patrick Kane found his offensive game, it was all over for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Anze Kopitar and Brad Richards scored in the third period for Los Angeles, but Kane netted his third goal of the game 11:40 into the second overtime period to lift Chicago to a 4-3 victory on Saturday night and a spot in the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins.
''You don't take much solace in losing,'' Kings forward Justin Williams said. ''It's a bitter taste. Yeah, we were one of the final four, but that wasn't our goal when we set out to start the season. We're not able to defend what we did last year and that's a frustrating thing.''
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The picture above shows two of the most respected players in the National Hockey League after a hard fought series, and final game 5 that ended the Los Angeles Kings season by the hands of Patrick Kane (left), also ending the possibility of a repeat Stanley Cup Champion for the first time since Scotty Bowman lead the Detroit Red Wings to back-to-back wins in ’97 and ’98...
Los Angeles Kings left winger Dustin Penner threw an elbow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland, and got away with it, during the third period of Thursday night's Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Finals.
No penalty was given to Penner on the play, and with no hearing scheduled by the NHL to review the elbow, Penner would not appear to be facing any fine...
The day after the Los Angeles Kings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi shared his thoughts on a variety of topics.
A recap of the biggest talking points.
What the last 24 hours has been like:
I think the disappointment is obviously the losing but I think theres a bit of, this is something Ive always said...
The Kings will head back home to Los Angeles after Game 5 of their Western Conference Final series with the Chicago Blackhawks, just not for the reasons they intended. Los Angeles had an opportunity to extend the series to a sixth game at Staples Center after tying Saturday's contest in the final seconds, but the Blackhawks eventually prevailed 4-3 in double overtime, ending...
Losing is never easy, but it has to be especially tough when you are the defending Stanley Cup Champions--like the Los Angeles Kings-- and you got beat in the Conference Finals in five games. The only thing worse would be getting swept like the Penguins were by the Bruins.
Understandably despondent following Saturday's 4-3 loss in double overtime and the team's elimination...
Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards is back in the lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
Richards missed three games because of an apparent concussion after he took a big hit from Chicago's Dave Bolland late in Game 1.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said Friday that Richards' return was still doubtful. However...
On the brink of elimination and down three games to one to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves desperately in need of a victory Saturday night.
One more loss to the Blackhawks and the Kings' goal of repeating as Stanley Cup Champions will be shattered.
Its a different situation when you just have one game to play,...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Inside what is always a somber dressing room when the clock strikes midnight on a team’s season, GM Dean Lombardi grabbed Jarret Stoll and hugged him tightly.
Not sure what he told him in his right ear, but I suspect it would be along the lines that Stoll, like the rest of his teammates, left it all on the ice Saturday night in a gutsy performance...
When Darryl Sutter met with the media prior to Game 5, the coach made it clear that a team cant give up three goals to the Chicago Blackhawks andexpect to win.
Considering his squad wasaveraging just two goals a game heading into Game 5, I would understand hisconcern.Falling behind early in the first six minutes of the game leftthe Kings with little margin for error and in the end...
Mike Richards returned to the Los Angeles Kings' lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals after taking part in the morning skate Saturday., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/kings-richards-back-in-lineup-after-3-games
After allowing a weak goal early in the 1st period to Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick showed why he is one of the best goalies on the planet. Early in the 3rd period of a 2-1 game, Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya found himself wide-open at the side of the net with the puck on his stick. He chose a great time to pinch and...
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Moments after the Kings' season ended in the longest game in franchise history, General Manager Dean Lombardi walked into the dressing room and was confronted by silence.
There was a visible sense of disappointment and anger from players at the fact their Stanley Cup reign ended Saturday in a Game 5 double-overtime loss to the Chicago...