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NHL’s Instigator Rule, Shot Blocking and The White House Are All On The Minds of the LA Kings

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Includes exclusive video of interviews with Colin Fraser, Jarret Stoll and head coach Darryl Sutter.


Can Darryl Sutter make a smooth transition from head coach of the
Los Angeles Kings to Washington lobbyist?
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after their 4-3 loss at San Jose, a game in which defensive lapses and turnovers proved too costly, the Los Angeles Kings, who are in the midst of a 17-games-in-31-days stretch this month, held an optional skate.

Most of the players took the opportunity to practice, but several key players, including Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Rob Scuderi, Jarret Stoll, and Slava Voynov used the time to rest and recover.

After practice, the big hit by San Jose Sharks center Andrew Desjardins on Kings center Colin Fraser early in the second period at San Jose, along with the response by Kings rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin, was the main topic of discussion.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Douse Flames Again, 3-1

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown scored two goals, and Jake Muzzin contributed two assists, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 11.

Brown opened the scoring at 5:39 of the first period, converting a pass by defenseman Slava Voynov, who was at the top of the right circle. Voynov threaded the pass through the right circle, and across the slot to Brown, who had an easy, slam dunk goal at left crease.

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LA Kings Try To Learn From Sub-Par Effort At Vancouver, Work On Solving Nashville’s Defense

VIDEO: Story also includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty spoke to the media following practice on March 3, 2013, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a poor effort at Vancouver on March 2, the Los Angeles Kings went back to the drawing board on March 3, trying to fix what went quite wrong against the speedy, skilled Canucks.

“Some of our guys weren’t at the pace we needed them to be last night,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “We just want to reinforce the pace that they have to play at, in terms of moving pucks, getting to pucks, that sort of thing.”

One example of that was the line of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, along with Trevor Lewis and later, Dustin Penner. Sutter noted that the line struggled against the Canucks, as evidenced by Richards and Carter both ending up with a -3 plus/minus rating for the contest.

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Is Cautiously Optimistic About Young Defensive Corps – VIDEO

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With injuries to stay-at-home defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell to start the abbreviated 2013 season—Greene played in just the first game of the season, while Mitchell has not seen action yet this year—things have certainly not gone according to the plan for the Los Angeles Kings.

“You’ve seen the way we had planned this,” said Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. “If you look at last year, we had a stopper with a puck mover, and obviously, that’s what we lost in Greene and Mitchell.”

Indeed, last season, the Kings had Rob Scuderi paired with Drew Doughty, Mitchell with Slava Voynov, and Alec Martinez with Greene. As Lombardi described, each defensive pair had a stay-at-home guy and a puck mover.

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