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Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings’ Uneven Effort Proves Costly Against Flyers

LOS ANGELES — In their first game without injured left wing Ryan Smyth, the re-configured Los Angeles Kings put in an uneven effort and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center on Wednesday night. Read more of this post

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Sharks Spoil Kings Home Opener

LOS ANGELES — In their home-and-home series this weekend, the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings made a lot of people see why the two teams are at opposite ends of the hockey spectrum.

On Saturday night in San Jose, the Sharks totally dominated the youthful Kings in a 3-1 win that was not nearly as close as the score would seem to indicate.

And on Sunday night at Staples Center, the Sharks were playing their third game in four nights and their fatigue was noticeable. Nevertheless, they had plenty left in the tank to hand the inexperienced Kings a 1-0 defeat, spoiling their home opener in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans. Read more of this post

The Hard Is What Makes It Great: Sharks: 2, Kings: 1

LOS ANGELES — In the 1992 movie, A League Of Their Own, about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that played during World War II when Major League Baseball was shut down temporarily, there is a scene where Geena Davis, who played Rockford Peaches star catcher Dottie Hinson, leaves the team to return home to Oregon with her husband, who had just returned from duty in Europe.

In that scene, Tom Hanks, who played former Major League star and Peaches manager Jimmy Dugan, tells Davis that she will miss playing for the team. When Davis denies it and tells Hanks that her situation became too hard to deal with, Hanks replied, in part, “…the hard is what makes it great.”

Fast forward to 2008 and that phrase is being applied to the Los Angeles Kings, who dropped a 2-1 decision to the white-hot San Jose Sharks in front of an announced crowd of 16,784 fans at Staples Center on Tuesday night. Read more of this post

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