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Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Vancouver Canucks End LA Kings’ Season With 4-2 Win in Game 6

LOS ANGELES — On April 25 at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings learned, in rather brutal fashion, that they still have a ways to go before they will be ready to inflict major damage on opponents in the playoffs.

Indeed, the Kings suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. With the loss, the Kings were eliminated from the Western Conference Quarterfinals in six games. Read more of this post

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LA Kings: Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson Prove To Be Vancouver Canucks’ Biggest Problems

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks coming up tonight (April 21, 7:00 PM PDT at Staples Center), much of the focus has been on the Canucks’ inept penalty-killing, which has allowed seven power play goals on just twelve chances after three games.

The result: the Canucks are looking up at a 2-1 series deficit with a huge challenge ahead of them…fixing their penalty-killing woes.

But the problem for the Canucks is not just their penalty-killing. More to the point, their problem is two-fold and they go by the names Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson, the young studs on the Kings’ blue line.

Indeed, the twenty-year-old Doughty and the 23-year-old Johnson are still very young, relatively inexperienced defensemen. But in the three games played in this series they have totally outclassed the Vancouver blue line corps, contributed huge minutes in situations where they were called upon to shut down the Canucks’ top forwards, and they have been unstoppable on the power play. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Conquering Their Lack of Playoff Experience?

EL SEGUNDO, CA — A lot of attention has been focused on the fact that the Los Angeles Kings are a young team that lacks playoffs experience, despite the presence of several grizzled veterans with playoff experience, including four with Stanley Cup rings.

The fact that none of the players wearing those rings are part of the young core that not only makes up the leadership group, but also are not among the team’s best players who will likely lead the team years from now, only encourages greater scrutiny.

That lack of post-season experience was apparent in Game 1 of the Kings’ Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks on April 15. Read more of this post

LA Kings Shake Off Jitters, Earn Split In Vancouver With 3-2 OT Win on NHL Video

Anze Kopitar scored on the power play at 7:28 of overtime to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in front of a disappointed sell-out crowd of 18,810 fans at General Motors Place in Vancouver on April 17. Read more of this post

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