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Fox - The Hockey Guy:
The Los Angeles Kings assembled a large, bulldozing team as last season progressed. Along the way they smashed the Blues and swept them out of the playoffs.“Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup based on their board play last year,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock observed. “They won the board battles against every team.”The Kings still play a heavy game, in today’s parlance, but so do the Blues.“They’ve got a big, strong, physical team,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said Monday after noon after his practiced at Scottrade Center. “Their goalie is playing well. It’s a matter of just focusing on what we need to do and making it difficult for them.”The Kings’ evolution began last season when powerful young wingers Jordan Nolan and Dwight King graduated from the American Hockey League. Their robust fore-checking helped the Kings tilt the ice against opponents and sustain pressure in the offensive end.Cornerstone defenseman Drew Doughty played bigger as the stakes grew. Rangy forward Jeff Carter arrived
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Jonathan Quick committed a huge blunder that cost the Los Angeles Kings Game 1 of their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
The defending champion Kings were on a power play with the game tied 1-1 in overtime. Quick went behind the net to retrieve a puck and was debating which way he should pass it. For some reason, he tried to slip the puck along the boards in the...
TSN’s NHL panel of James Duthie, Darren Dreger, Aaron Ward, and Bob McKenzie teamed up with some of the Los Angeles Kings to produce this masterpiece of a video inspired by the film “The Hangover.” I have no idea what prompted this video, but I do know that it’s one of the better short films I’ve had the pleasure of watching.
A few things that stick out:
- The James Duthie...
This is utterly fantastic, albeit a bit long.
TSN (Canada) and their Panel of Hockey analysts put together a little video to set up the beginning of this years Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it's absolutely epic.
They do a complete and total takeoff of the Hangover movies--complete with doubles that look like some of the characters. The cast includes Anze Kopitar, Dustin Penner...
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Alex Steen stole the puck from goalie Jonathan Quick behind the net and scored a short-handed goal to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Steen scored unassisted on a backhander at 13:26 of overtime less than a minute after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was whistled for a double-minor high sticking...
Tuesday night is a big one for Los Angeles' hockey teams.
The Los Angeles Kings begin the defense of their Stanley Cup Championship in St. Louis (at 8 p.m. ET) and later that night (at 10:30 p.m. ET), the Anaheim Ducks host Game 1 of their opening round series vs. the Detroit Red Wings.
A quick breakdown of each series:
KINGS VS. BLUES
Goaltending is key when to making a...
Blues center David Backes and Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr found themselves falling down along the boards when Regehr tried to take a bite out of the blade of Backes’ skate.
The incident happened early in the third period of Game 1 of the Los Angeles-St. Louis series. Regehr suffered a nasty cut and immediately skated off the ice.
But, it’s wild that Regehr wasn’t...
Oh, too casually, Jonathan Quick fiddled with the puck behind the net. Switching from backhand to forehand, last year's Stanley Cup playoffs MVP was set to re-load a Los Angeles Kings' power play that had more than three minutes left to decide overtime.
Those extra seconds of stick-handling ended up giving Quick a jolt of humility.
Alexander Steen swooped in and stole the...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alex Steen stole the puck from goalie Jonathan Quick behind the net and scored a short-handed goal to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Steen scored unassisted on a backhander at 13:26 of overtime less than a minute after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was whistled for a double...
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
In every NHL postseason, there are always players that elevate their game to the next level. Often these players aren’t the stars or big-name players on their respective squads.
Take last year’s Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for example. Yes, their top forward Anze Kopitar, captain Dustin Brown and star blue-liner Drew Doughty...
That was a weird one, wasn't it? The Blues dominated long stretches of Game 1, earning countless chances against the Los Angeles defense. If it weren't for Jonathan Quick, the Kings might have dropped Game 1 by a hefty margin. Ironically, the same man that kept the Kings in the game for 60 minutes also was the one responsible for Alexander Steen's game-winning OT goal...
KINGS 1, BLUES 2 (OT)
JON QUICK, GAME WINNING ASSIST
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There's nothing quite like opening round playoff hockey in St. Louis on a Tuesday night. After years of toiling in mediocrity, the Blues have made it back to the playoffs for the second straight...
With Dustin Brown returning from a two-game suspension in time for the Kings’ playoff opener on the road against the St. Louis blues tonight, Darryl Sutter changed up the forward lines. On Saturday’s regular-season finale at home against the San Jose Sharks, the Kings used lines that saw Anze Kopitar between Kyle Clifford and Jeff [...]
This time around, the St. Louis Blues are determined not to be a mere speed bump for the Los Angeles Kings.
Coach Ken Hitchcock likes his team's chances of making a deep playoff run, but scoffed away a suggestion that the Blues and Kings have a lot of similarities. After sweeping the Blues in the second round last spring en route to the franchise's first Stanley Cup, Los...