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LA Kings Defenseman Alec Martinez Has Become A Difference-Maker

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez and Willie Mitchell.


LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (foreground) checks Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Often times, the hockey gods work in strange, mysterious ways, and for a long time, they were not smiling down upon Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez.

Whether it was one of a handful injuries, or falling out of favor with head coach Darryl Sutter, Martinez has been out of the lineup for some fairly lengthy stretches.

During the lockout-abbreviated 2013 season, the 6-1, 209-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan played in just 27 out of the Kings’ 48 games, scoring one goal and contributing four assists for five points, while sitting out seven regular games, from February 12 – March 4, 2013.

More importantly, Martinez was on the sidelines for most the 2013 playoffs, appearing in just seven of the Kings’ 18 playoff games (four games vs. St. Louis, two vs. San Jose, and one vs. Chicago).

This season was going much the same way for Martinez, who missed action from October 18 – November 12, 2013, sitting out seven games. He also sat out from December 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014, missing four games, and from January 12 – 16, watching one game in street clothes.

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LA Kings Dustin Brown: “Holding Onto The Puck Is A Key For Me”

AUDIO: Includes audio interviews with Dustin Brown and Darryl Sutter.


Los Angeles Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after his first game back in the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed lower body injury (unrelated to the knee injury—posterior cruciate ligament—he suffered during last season’s playoffs), Los Angeles Kings winger and captain Dustin Brown spent some time studying video of his play during a 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Capitals.

More than one observer has noted that Brown had more jump in his step, more speed, and more aggressiveness against the Capitals on March 20 than has been seen from him all season long.

“I felt fine,” Brown said about returning to the lineup. “Getting up to speed after missing a week, or two games, just getting back up to game speed, I think I adjusted pretty well.”

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LA Kings: Gaborik Adjusting To New Surroundings While Brown, Kopitar Explain Formula For Recent Success

AUDIO: Includes audio interviews with Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Darryl Sutter.


Winger Marian Gaborik (second from right), celebrates a Jeff Carter
goal at Edmonton on March 9, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After winning seven consecutive games coming out of the Olympic break, and with eight straight wins overall, it is now safe to say that the break worked wonders for the Los Angeles Kings, who are on the verge of tying a franchise record for consecutive wins in a season with nine as they prepare to skate against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Staples Center here in Los Angeles tonight (7:30 PM PDT).

“I think all of our guys came back from the break really sharp,” said head coach Darryl Sutter.

“I had lots of fun, [the Olympics] was a great experience for me, personally, for [Team Slovenia], and for every single athlete who was there,” said center Anze Kopitar. “Maybe it gives you a little boost. When I came back, Darryl gave me a few days off, too, so I didn’t have to skate and put on equipment, which helped a lot.”

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NHL Hits Grand Slam Home Run At Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium

Legendary hall of fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Bob Miller opened
the festivities for Stadium Series: Los Angeles on
January 25, 2014, at Dodger Stadium.
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Photo: Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images
and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — So many said that it couldn’t be done.

Just as many laughed derisively while insisting that the rink would turn into a swimming pool by the end of the first period.

Thousands upon thousands just shook their heads, muttering something about there being no real hockey fans in Southern California, and that Dodger Stadium would be mostly empty.

As evidenced by the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium on January 25 for Stadium Series: Los Angeles, the naysayers were wrong.

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