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Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Appears On Montreal Hockey Talk, December 12, 2014

ONTARIO, CA — On December 12, 2014, prior to the start of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, I was a guest on MontrealHockeyTalk.com’s pre-game show, sharing what’s been happening with the Kings of late with hosts Steven Hindle and Corey Collard.

During the approximately 17-minute interview, we talked about Anze Kopitar’s season-long struggles, the emergence of Brayden McNabb, the strong play of Jake Muzzin, the loss of Slava Voynov, the impact of Darryl Sutter, and more.

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LA Kings: Players Lament Lack Of Consistency, But Darryl Sutter Is Looking At His Best Players

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar has struggled this season, and head coach
Darryl Sutter tried to light a fire under him, and other players, after
practice on December 7, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after they got off to another slow start against a lesser opponent and paid for it with a loss, the Los Angeles Kings were already looking ahead to their upcoming five-game road trip, one in which they know that they need to start stringing together some wins to keep themselves in a playoff spot, and, they hope, improve their position in the standings.

As mentioned, a big problem has been slow starts.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Kopitar, Martinez, Sutter After LA Kings Shutout Boston, 2-0

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Pearson scored a first period goal, Anze Kopitar contributed two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 shutout win over the Boston Bruins at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 2.

The shutout was Quick’s 34th of his National Hockey League career.

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LA Kings Matt Greene On Goal vs. Florida: “That’s A Once-In-A-Lifetime-Deal There”

LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — During their 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 18, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene did something he had never done before.

Greene scored a goal, something he has done before, but isn’t exactly a regular occurrence for him (his last goal was scored on October 19, 2013, a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars at Staples Center, an empty-net goal). But even though this was not his first career National Hockey League goal, this time, Greene scored on a deflection/re-direction in front of the net, something he said that he has never done before.

Indeed, Greene is a stay-at-home defenseman who virtually never jumps up into the play, so what on Earth was he doing in front of the net?

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