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LA Kings Get The Shaft On Disputed Goal That Should Have Been Reviewable Years Ago

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: The Los Angeles Kings had a likely victory snatched from them by on-ice officials in Detroit on January 18, when video replay showed that a Detroit goal should not have been allowed. Was the right call made? Should the goal have been reviewable? What’s next?

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LOS ANGELES — On January 18, forward Jeff Carter scored a power play goal at 17:45 of the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings

At least, that is probably the way the lead for a recap of this game should have read. Instead, the Red Wings pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory after the officials allowed a goal at 19:33 of the third period by Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall that never should have counted.

On that highly controversial play, Kronwall got the puck at the top of the slot and fired a slapshot that deflected off of Kings center Jarret Stoll’s stick. The puck ricocheted high into the air, hitting near the top of the protective netting behind the Kings net. It then dropped, bounced off of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick’s back, and wound up in the net.

At that point, referee Rob Martell pointed to the net, indicating that a goal had been scored.

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LA Kings Dustin Brown Is Trying To Be More Than A “Role Player”

Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — To his credit, Los Angeles Kings winger and captain Dustin Brown will be the first to tell you that he is not having a good 2013-14 season.

“I mean, I could be a hell of a lot better,” Brown said on January 3.

That Brown has scored just nine goals and has contributed a meager six assists for 15 points in 45 games, which includes just one power play goal, is evidence enough of that fact.

Head coach Darryl Sutter recently discussed Brown’s problems.

“Brownie’s game has been a struggle from day one, right from last Spring,” said Sutter. “It’s like whenever Brownie has a good game, everybody always [says], ‘oh, jeez, that’s Brown,’ and they look at the [scoresheet], and it says that he got eight hits, or scored two goals, and they’ll go ‘yeah! Hopefully that’ll get him going.’”

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LA Kings D Matt Greene Is Focused On His Own Situation, As Usual

AUDIO: Story includes audio of media interviews with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene and head coach Darryl Sutter.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, shown here during a recent practice, is
biding his time, waiting for an opportunity to return to the lineup.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Whenever the Los Angeles Kings hit a cold streak, and they’re trying to figure out what their problems are, one player you can count on to accept responsibility and look only at himself is veteran defenseman and alternate captain Matt Greene.

In those instances, Greene will usually say something like he did on January 3: “You can only speak for yourself…I can’t talk for anybody else in this room. I can only talk for myself, and I have to get back to [playing well] to help our team.”

Fast forward to the present: Greene has been a healthy scratch for the last three games—he has not dressed since January 2 at St. Louis, an embarrassing 5-0 blowout loss, the culmination of a disastrous road swing in which the Kings lost all four games.

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Jonathan Quick Could Return To Action Tonight For LA Kings

Also features a video interview with Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick could return to action
as soon as tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings mired in a five-game losing streak, one would think that the team would not be too upbeat during practice. Nevertheless, the atmosphere was light and high-spirited at their practice facility in El Segundo, California on January 3.

Perhaps the reasons for the smiles and laughs was that star goaltender Jonathan Quick is very close to returning to action after suffering a grade 2 groin strain, a partial tear, on November 12, in Buffalo.

“I’m feeling good,” said Quick. “I think the next step is getting some game action. I think that would be the next step, so it’s up to the coaches and trainers to see when they want me to take that next step.”

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