Found November 05, 2011 on
It is about a month into the season and I am still picking the early leaders for the various awards. Today I am looking at the Lady Byng Trophy that combines sportsmanship and playing ability. I think the early leader is Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings. He currently has 14 points in 12 games and is yet to record a penalty minute.
Kopitar has established himself as a frontline player in the NHL for several years. He has been playing at or near point per game level for most of his five year NHL career. His career best of 81 points was scored in 2009/10. He has always been a sportsmanlike player who has never had more than 32 penalty minutes in a season. It is kind of surprising that a player of his ability with his sportsmanship record hasn’t been more of a Lady Byng contender in the past. It is possible that this could be the year.
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There's certainly potential for this Los Angeles Kings team to put up impressive numbers on offense. Quick in transition and tinged with speed, the veteran forwards and mobile defensemen boast superior depth and skating ability over that of many National Hockey League teams.
The off-season acquisition of Mike Richards was made with the Kings' depth at center in mind. With...
Los Angeles Kings left wing Ethan Moreau was fined $2,500 by the NHL for a boarding penalty on Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz in Saturday night's game.
Moreau was whistled for a minor penalty for the infraction, which occurred near the midway point of the first period.
Kunitz shook off the hit, scoring the tying goal late in regulation before notching the game-winner in a shootout.
Having never been to Los Angeles, I really can't tell you how the Kings fit into their collective psyche. Suffice it to say, said collective psyche is probably getting Mike Richards Disease from a case of prolonged exposure. Also: people are dicks. But we brought justice to the west coast. We rode into battle. It wasn't pretty at all. It was actually kind of ugly. But...
I just wish there was some way to visually represent the frustration on the faces of the players for the Los Angeles Kings right now.
PENGUINS 3, KINGS 2 (SO)
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Well... on the bright side, at least the Kings scored two 5 on 5 goals! The difference must have been Kevin Westgarth and his 4 shifts for a total of 2 min...
EL SEGUNDO -- Justin Williams stood among adults Friday afternoon, surrounded by a semi-circle of reporters, but he still sought a way to offer a PG-rated assessment of the Kings’ recent goal-scoring efforts.
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Los Angeles Kings forward Ethan Moreau was fined $2,500 late Sunday for boarding Chris Kunitz in the first period of the Penguins win Saturday.
Chris Kunitz scored the tying goal with 2:57 left in regulation and netted the deciding tally in the fourth round of a shootout to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Steve Sullivan scored his first of the season, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for the Penguins (9-3-3), who lead the NHL with 21 points.
Anze Kopitar had...
In the first period of Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings forward Ethan Moreau made this reckless hit on Chris Kunitz:
Moreau was given two minutes for boarding on Saturday. On Sunday, the NHL's Department of Players Safety fined him $2,500 for it — the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, going to the Players...
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Alexandre Picard doesn't know much about the Los Angeles Kings. "I think the last time I played against them was with Philly when I first started in the NHL," he said Friday.
Pittsburgh Penguins (8-3-3) @ Los Angeles Kings (6-4-2)
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The Kings are quite the hockey team: Simon Gagne, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Penner, Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson, Drew Doughty and more. Plus, Mr. Leadership Mike Richards and The Piece Rob Scuderi.
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The Kings' assistant general manager is highly regarded around the league and reports say Columbus is interested in hiring him. But GM Dean Lombardi says no one has called him.The Kings' assistant general manager is highly regarded around the league and reports say Columbus is interested in hiring him. But GM Dean Lombardi says no one has called him.
The offensively challenged Los Angeles Kings know they need to pick up the pace if they want to remain competitive.
While the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't had much difficulty scoring this season, an inability to stop opponents has proved costly in their last two games.
The Kings, losers of three straight, host a Penguins team that's looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Just looking at the Pittsburgh Penguins' fast start, you might never know they have been without captain Sidney Crosby all season.
Chris Kunitz scored the tying goal with 2:57 left in regulation and netted the deciding tally in the fourth round of a shootout to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.