Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Jeff Carter, Darryl Sutter Interviews after LA Kings’ 4-3 Over Chicago

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter, shown here
during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter scored two goals and added an assist, Tyler Toffoli scored a goal and added an assist, and Jake Muzzin scored late in the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a come-from -behind 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a standing-room only crowd of 18,525 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 28.

Anze Kopitar contributed two assists for the Kings.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring after Kings rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb blocked a shot, only to see the puck deflect right onto the stick of Chicago forward Patrick Kane below the right circle. Due to the bounce, Kane had a gaping net to shoot at, giving the Blackhawks the lead just 1:58 into the game.

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What It’s Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs: By The Numbers

Los Angeles Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

 

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the All-Star break firmly in their rear view mirror, the Los Angeles Kings have been back to work for the last couple of days on practice ice, trying to right the ship heading into the last three months of the season, the final push to make the playoffs.

Given that the 20-15-12 Kings (52 points) are not in the playoff picture as of this writing, they know that there is a tremendous amount of work to do to get on a roll, and to do that right away.

“It’s that time of the year,” said right wing Tyler Toffoli. “We’ve got to be pushing now, to make the playoffs. We’ve got a couple of long [road trips] in this half of the season. We didn’t really take advantage when we were at home [during their last home stand] for seven games. It’s time to get back to winning games and being confident, as a group.”

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LA Kings Mike Richards On Waivers: Players Taking It In Stride

Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (center, with Stanley Cup behind his right shoulder), shown here during the
the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship rally at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 14, 2012.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

 

AUDIO: Includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown, Robyn Regehr, and President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — Returning to practice ice after the National Hockey League All-Star break usually isn’t all that eventful for a team, but that was not the case for Los Angeles Kings, who found out that one of their own, veteran center Mike Richards, had been placed on waivers earlier in the day on January 26.

As reported earlier in this space, Richards’ poor 2013-14 performance has carried into the current season, and he has shown no sign of breaking out of his deep funk. That left President/General Manager Dean Lombardi with no choice, even though Richards is a deeply respected veteran who played a critical role in the Kings winning the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship and contributed to their second Stanley Cup Championship last season.

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi On Mike Richards’ Future: “It’s Going To Be Up To Him”

Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards, shown here during the
on-ice celebration after he helped lead the Kings to the
2012 Stanley Cup Championship on June 11, 2012,
at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As much as Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi talks when the media can get ahold of him for an interview, we often have to go through channels to reach him and sometimes, it can take weeks to finally get a chance to speak with him.

But on this day, Lombardi came downstairs from his offices at the Kings’ practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, and asked the local media watching the team practice…

“Does anyone need to talk to me?”

Of course, he knew that, after having placed veteran center Mike Richards on waivers earlier in the day, the answer would be a resounding “yes.”

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LA Kings Darryl Sutter: “The Stanley Cup Train Was Last Year. Some Guys Have To Get Off That Train”

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With one game left before the National Hockey League’s All-Star break, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture.

Indeed, if the Stanley Cup Playoffs were to begin tomorrow, the defending Stanley Cup Champions would not qualify for the post-season party.

So what’s to blame for the Kings’ “malaise,” a term used by President/General Manager Dean Lombardi in a recent Canadian radio interview?

Although the recent losses of forwards Tyler Toffoli (mononucleosis) and Tanner Pearson (fractured fibula) are playing a role, the problems have been present since the season began last October. As such, you can chalk it up, in large part, to instability on the Kings’ blue line, with veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr in and out of the lineup due to various injuries, along with the loss of Slava Voynov to his ongoing suspension.

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