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LA Kings Anze Kopitar Deserves To Win 2013-14 Selke Trophy, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar (right) checks Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Pardy (left) behind the net
on March 29, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With less than two weeks left in the 2013-14 National Hockey League season, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar is finally getting some well-deserved consideration for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward.

Indeed, such consideration is overdue by two or three years. In fact, yours truly has voted for Kopitar as a finalist for the Selke Trophy (voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association) in each of the last three seasons.

This year, unless something drastic happens before the end of the regular season, Kopitar will get my top vote for the Selke Trophy, as he has been the league’s best defensive forward this season.

But don’t just take my word for it.

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Marian Gaborik Has Been Just What The Doctor Ordered For The LA Kings


LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When players move from one team to another, especially at the National Hockey League’s trade deadline, the adjustment that a player has to make, both on the ice and off, is never easy. But veteran left wing Marian Gaborik seems to have made the transition from his old team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, to the Los Angeles Kings, with remarkable ease.

Since he was acquired on March 5, 2014, Gaborik has played in twelve games, scoring three goals and contributing five assists for eight points, with a +1 plus/minus rating, and four penalty minutes.

On the season, he has nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points, with a +1 plus/minus rating and ten penalty minutes in 34 games.

More important is the fact that before Gaborik arrived, the Kings, who are 8-3-0 with him in their lineup, were scoring a measly 2.17 goals per game (GPG). But since he joined the team, they have scored 2.75 GPG, which would rank them 14th in the NHL in goal scoring, if that was their full season average (Kings are ranked 24th, averaging 2.41 goals per game for the season).

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Jonathan Quick Breaks LA Kings’ All-Time Win Record After 4-0 Victory Over Florida

AUDIO: Includes audio interview with Jonathan Quick and Rogie Vachon.


Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (left) speaks to the media with former Kings superstar goaltender
Rogie Vachon after Quick broke Vachon’s record for all-time regular season wins with the Kings with a 4-0 shutout
victory over the Florida Panthers on March 22, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — In sports, breaking an individual record is often very rewarding and fulfilling for the player who sets the new record. But it is even more special when the player whose record was broken is present to share the moment. That was exactly the case on March 22, when the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-0, in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans during a matinee affair at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick earned his fifth shutout of the season, and the 30th of his National Hockey League career. Quick’s 172nd career regular season victory catapulted him ahead of former Kings superstar goaltender Rogie Vachon as the team’s all-time leader in career regular season wins.

Vachon was at the game to share in the moment and to congratulate Quick.

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LA Kings Dustin Brown: “Holding Onto The Puck Is A Key For Me”

AUDIO: Includes audio interviews with Dustin Brown and Darryl Sutter.


Los Angeles Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after his first game back in the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed lower body injury (unrelated to the knee injury—posterior cruciate ligament—he suffered during last season’s playoffs), Los Angeles Kings winger and captain Dustin Brown spent some time studying video of his play during a 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Capitals.

More than one observer has noted that Brown had more jump in his step, more speed, and more aggressiveness against the Capitals on March 20 than has been seen from him all season long.

“I felt fine,” Brown said about returning to the lineup. “Getting up to speed after missing a week, or two games, just getting back up to game speed, I think I adjusted pretty well.”

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