LA Kings Must Stick With Playoff Mindset Heading Into Long Grammy Road Trip

AUDIO: Includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings’ Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez and head coach Darryl Sutter.


Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis, shown here
during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings begin their annual Grammy road trip tonight at Boston (4:00 PM PST) while Staples Center hosts the annual Grammy Awards, their big home win over the Chicago Blackhawks on January 29 could serve a stepping stone, of sorts.

“I think we stuck with it for 60 minutes,” defenseman Alec Martinez said about the win over Chicago. “I thought our penalty-kill was a lot better. We had three of those kills in the first [period], and we had a big goal on the power play, so special teams was a big difference. That’s what it’s going to take to win games.”

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Jeff Carter, Darryl Sutter Interviews after LA Kings’ 4-3 Over Chicago

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter, shown here
during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter scored two goals and added an assist, Tyler Toffoli scored a goal and added an assist, and Jake Muzzin scored late in the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a come-from -behind 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a standing-room only crowd of 18,525 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 28.

Anze Kopitar contributed two assists for the Kings.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring after Kings rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb blocked a shot, only to see the puck deflect right onto the stick of Chicago forward Patrick Kane below the right circle. Due to the bounce, Kane had a gaping net to shoot at, giving the Blackhawks the lead just 1:58 into the game.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Post-Game Interviews with Muzzin, Nolan, Regher after 4-1 Loss To Chicago

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings got off to a rather sluggish start their contest against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and that was all the Blackhawks needed, as they had a fairly easy time handing the Kings a 4-1 defeat.

After the game, Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin and Robyn Regehr, along with the Kings’ lone goal scorer in the game, forward Jordan Nolan, spoke to the media. You can watch video of those interviews below (video of interviews with Muzzin and Nolan cannot be seen elsewhere).

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LA Kings Have 77 Reasons To Be Comfortable, Confident Heading Into Game 7 In Chicago

2014 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL – GAME 7: The last thing the Los Angeles Kings wanted to do was return to Chicago for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. But even though they’re in the Windy City, preparing for tonight’s game, they are doing so with comfort and confidence. Final segment of a two-part story.


LA Kings right wing Justin Williams
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LOS ANGELES — As reported in Part 1 of this two-part story, the Los Angeles Kings wanted anything but to return to Chicago, but that is exactly what they had to do after losing Game 6 of their 2014 Western Conference Final series against the Chicago Blackhawks on May 30 in Los Angeles.

Despite that, the Kings are not uncomfortable about being back in the Windy City for tonight’s Game 7 (5:00 PM PDT). After all…

  • The Kings are 6-4 all-time in Game 7’s.
  • They have a combined 77 games of Game 7 experience.
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2014 Western Conference Final – Game 7: LA Kings Make Unwanted Trip Back To Chicago

2014 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL – GAME 7: The Los Angeles Kings are back in Chicago, a place they did not want to return to, not this soon, anyway. Despite that, they’re not uncomfortable being back in the Windy City for tonight’s Game 7. Part 1 of this two-part story looks back at Game 6, and the reasons they are back in Chicago. Part 2 will look at why the Kings are so comfortable being in Chicago for Game 7, even though returning was clearly not their first choice.


Chicago Blackhawks star left wing Patrick Kane (number 88) has had lots of reasons to celebrate after playing a starring role in his team’s wins in Games 5 and 6 over the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 Western Conference Final.

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are certainly in a place they don’t want to be, not literally, anyway.

After a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the 2014 Western Conference Final, the series is tied, 3-3, forcing the Kings to return to Chicago for tonight’s Game 7 (5:00 PM PDT), a city that they had no desire to visit again, at least, not until next season.

Defensive breakdowns and failing to pay close enough attention to the Blackhawks’ top players, most notably, Patrick Kane, have been the Kings’ downfall in the last two games.

“It’s been our problem the last two games, giving up too many goals and that’s the result of making mistakes in the neutral zone and mistakes on coverage,” said winger and team captain Dustin Brown. “If we clean that up, we’re good.”

“We’ve got to be sharper in our own end,” said defenseman Alec Martinez. “We can’t have those breakdowns and allow them those opportunities. They’re going to capitalize.”

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