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Frozen Royalty Audio: Kopitar, Stoll, Quick, Sutter Face The Music, Down 2-0 In Series vs. San Jose

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has allowed twelve goals in two games so far in his team’s first round playoff
series against the San Jose Sharks. Although he has pointed at himself for that, taking the blame, as usual, the
truth is that his teammates let him down...and they know it.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After getting their rear ends handed to them in two embarrassing losses to the San Jose Sharks in Games 1 and 2 of their 2014 Western Conference Quarterfinal series in San Jose, one might expect a somber mood in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room at their practice facility on April 21.

But even though you couldn’t call the mood of the team, “jovial,” they remain upbeat and confident, yet serious and focused on climbing a mountain that is now much taller than expected in order to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

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LA Kings vs. San Jose Sharks: 2014 First Round Playoff Preview/Predictions

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is itching to get back into action against the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — It’s that time of year again.

It’s the time of year when hockey fans all over are either at games, or are glued to a television set somewhere watching Stanley Cup Playoff games, and probably not just games in which their favorite team is playing in.

Indeed, this is the best time of year for hockey fans, and that sentiment is shared by National Hockey League players and coaches as well.

“This is the best time of the year,” said Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar. “Everybody gets excited for it, and it’s no different for us.”

But the players cannot allow that excitement—the visions of Stanley Cups dancing in their heads—to distract them from their immediate goal, which is winning the next game, and focusing exclusively on that.

For the Kings, their first round series begins tonight against the San Jose Sharks, at SAP Pavilion in San Jose (7:00 PM; televised in Southern California on Fox Sports West, and nationally on the NBC Sports Network).

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LA Kings Anze Kopitar Is Working His Way Back To Elite Status

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Following the 2013 Western Conference Final, when the Chicago Blackhawks unceremoniously bounced the Los Angeles Kings out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five games, one thing was crystal-clear…

…Kings star center Anze Kopitar was nothing close to the unstoppable Anze Kopitar who shared the National Hockey League playoff scoring title with teammate Dustin Brown (eight goals, twelve assists for twenty points) in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Kings won the Stanley Cup.

In fact, Kopitar’s paltry three goals and six assists for nine points in 18 playoff games last season was a far cry from his performance in the 2012 playoffs. Moreover, that explosive first step, the strength on the puck, the ability to protect it along the boards and in the corners—all those trademarks of Kopitar’s game were missing in action.

Last season, Kopitar’s prolonged slump began in late March, and extended 34 games, including the post-season. His shockingly poor performance led to widespread speculation that he was injured—it seemed the only logical explanation.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Begin Prep Work For First Round Playoff Matchup vs. San Jose

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin in just a few days, and the Los Angeles Kings are apparently already in full playoff mode.

Despite not taking the ice on Monday, opting instead for off-ice workouts, forwards Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll, along with goaltender Jonathan Quick, and head coach Darryl Sutter took time out to speak to the media gathered at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

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