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Five months after suffering a career-threatening concussion, Kings' forward Simon Gagne is expected to return to the lineup for Game 3 against the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final.
Game 3 is tonight at Staples Center and the Kings have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Fourth-line forward Brad Richardson looks to be the odd-man out but not because of an injury. He has looked, at times, overmatched in the first two games of the series.
The Kings' power play has struggled the entire playoffs, going six for 77.
Gagne's return is a stunning development on many levels. The 32-year-old suffered a concussion on Dec. 26 against Phoenix and there were signs his playing future was in jeopardy because of lingering symptoms.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter had consistently downplayed the chance of Gagne returning and even said on April 19 that he wasn't sure Gagne was even in North America.
Sutter humor aside ... Gagne's first full practice was not until May 25.
Gagne, of course, has major playoff credentials. He appeared in four Conference Finals back in his Flyers' days, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jeff Carter's blond, scruffy playoff beard is just long enough to obscure the chip on the Los Angeles Kings forward's shoulder.
It reveals itself when talking about his path to Southern California.
"A lot of people were doubting me out there," Carter told reporters at the Toyota Center on Sunday. "I know that. This an opportunity to...
Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final might be determined, in part, by which team can manage its sleep better. Neither team is going to get very much in the next couple of days.
The Kings can, at least, sleep a bit easier after they beat New Jersey 2-1 in overtime of Game 2 on Saturday night at Prudential Center to take a 2-0 series lead, but things won't be easy going forward.
Three games into the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup Final series against the New Jersey Devils, the only remaining question is whether the parade route will travel down Figueroa or Olympic.
Amongst the backdrop of constant "We Want the Cup" chants by a Staples Center record crowd of 18,764, the eighth-seeded Kings improved to 15-2 in the 2012 postseason with an emphatic...
from Kevin Allen of USA Today, Quick had a 22-save shutout in Monday’s 4-0 victory to lower his goals-against average to 1.36 and improve his save percentage to .950.
Quick’s postseason goals-against average is the best recorded by a Stanley Cup Final goalie, with a minimum of 10 games played, since Frank Brimsek’s 1.25 in 12 games for the Boston Bruins in 1939.
Only three NHL teams have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, and just one - the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs - did it in the Stanley Cup finals.
So the New Jersey Devils will either make history, or soon be history.
With a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the finals on Monday night, the Devils were pushed to the brink of elimination after a 102-point...
Stop blaming Dan O'Halloran.
He didn't see the puck. Get over it.
It's not like the refs didn't give the Devils ample opportunities to score. 6 in fact.
The Dustin Penner breeze by that Brodeur did his best Luongo imitation was a joke as well as the slew foot that Koval-choke placed on Quick that was completely ignored by the zebra's.
The fact that...
As player agent Allan Walsh so expertly put it on Twitter, the Los Angeles Kings have “struck while the iron is hot”: According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shakin, the Kings inked a $250 million deal with Fox Sports West, though it isn’t necessarily due to the Kings’ playoff success:
The Kings and Fox Sports have reached agreement on a new television contract, providing...
LA Kings Jeff Carter's overtime goal sends the NJ Devils packing for the West Coast down 2-0. pic via
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By: Mike Luciano (@MikeLuci)
My good friend Michael Stuart is the founder of the hockey website www.betweenthebenches.com and is a revered Los Angeles Kings fan that provides some of the best coverage on not just the Kings but on the ongoing events of the hockey world in general. Writing for different hockey websites, Mike and I have decided to team up for the Stanley Cup Finals...
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail, The championship series is shifting across the continent to Staples Center and the Kings have a chance to wrap it up on home ice. The eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference has gone an amazing 14-2 in these playoffs, leaving many of their fans with the feeling that the first championship in franchise history is only days...
The Los Angeles Kings took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals after last night’s 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. And to add insult to injury, a few rather creative Kings fans who were seated right behind the Devils’ bench held up huge cardboard heads of ‘Jersey Shore’ cast members.
Well done, Kings fans. Well done indeed.
[NY Daily News]
The Los Angeles Kings are cashing in on their playoff success. The team recently announced that they have reached an agreement with Fox Sports on a new television contract that will keep Kings hockey on Fox Sports West through 2024. In the deal the Kings are guaranteed a sum of approximately $250 million.
The deal, as reported by the LA Times, not only paints a clear picture of...
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Devils (12-8) @ Kings (14-2)
Road/Home records*- 6-4 -------------- 4-2
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - Kings lead 2-0
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Jonathan Quick (LA)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game *
Los Angeles - 2.81 / 1.50
New Jersey - 2.65...