Frozen Royalty Video: Gaborik, Kopitar, Sutter Interviews After LA Kings Comeback To Beat St. Louis, 6-4

LOS ANGELES — On a night when the Los Angeles Kings were looking forward to facing their opponent considerably more than usual, it looked like they were going to fall flat on their faces.

Indeed, after a third period blitz led the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 victory over the Kings on December 16 in St. Louis, the Blues jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period—they had scored seven unanswered goals since the game in St. Louis. and were well on their way to an easy win.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews with Dustin Brown, Darryl Sutter, December 17, 2014

LA Kings right wing Dustin Brown
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 17, one day after a disastrous 5-2 loss at St. Louis, the final game of a dreadful five-game road trip, the Los Angeles Kings held an optional skate at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

With their top players struggling, except for winger Marian Gaborik, who appears to be heating up, one might expect the Kings to be focused on their offense. But that was not the case at all.

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Dedication And Work Ethic Are Pushing LA Kings Prospect Maxim Kitsyn’s Development Forward

AUDIO: Story includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Maxim Kitsyn and Ontario Reign head coach Jason Christie.


LA Kings forward prospect Maxim Kitsyn, shown here
during the Kings’ 2014 training camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — Back in 2010, when the National Hockey League Entry Draft was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi was in a gambling mood.

For the Kings, that draft was highlighted by their selection of right wing Tyler Toffoli in the second round (47th overall).

Toffoli, now a Stanley Cup Champion, made it to the Kings to stay last season. But the Kings selected four other players in the 2010 draft, including defenseman Derek Forbort, who was their first round selection (15th overall), center Jordan Weal (third round, 70th overall), and defenseman Kevin Gravel (fifth round, 148th overall).

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LA Kings D Prospect Alex Roach Is Quickly Earning Trust, Gaining Confidence With Ontario Reign

AUDIO: Story includes audio interviews with Ontario Reign head coach Jason Christie and Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Alex Roach.


LA Kings defenseman prospect Alex Roach, shown here
during the Kings’ 2014 training camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — The name, Alex Roach might not be familiar, but if he plays his cards right, and if the Los Angeles Kings guessed right back in 2011, he might be wearing a Kings jersey in a few years.

Roach, a left-shot defenseman prospect, played four seasons for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, but was not drafted by a National Hockey League team. He was, however, invited to the Kings’ 2011 training camp, and turned enough heads to earn a three-year, entry-level contract, signed on September 26, 2011.

Roach played three more seasons with the Hitmen after that, and had a five-game stint with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign (Kings ECHL affiliate) at the end of the 2013-14 season.

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LA Kings On Their Current Road Trip: “This Is A Perfect Opportunity For Us”

“We’re going to need to put some segments together, some streaks
to get some points to secure a playoff spot.”
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are in Buffalo where they begin a five-game road swing tonight (4:30 PM PST, televised on Fox Sports West in Southern California, and on NBCSN nationally), a trip they believe is one where they need to start putting together some wins.

But the first game of this trip could be a trap game. Indeed, the Buffalo Sabres are last in the Eastern Division, 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference, and 28th in the 30-team National Hockey League.

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