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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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi On Mike Richards’ Future: “It’s Going To Be Up To Him”

Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards, shown here during the
on-ice celebration after he helped lead the Kings to the
2012 Stanley Cup Championship on June 11, 2012,
at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As much as Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi talks when the media can get ahold of him for an interview, we often have to go through channels to reach him and sometimes, it can take weeks to finally get a chance to speak with him.

But on this day, Lombardi came downstairs from his offices at the Kings’ practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, and asked the local media watching the team practice…

“Does anyone need to talk to me?”

Of course, he knew that, after having placed veteran center Mike Richards on waivers earlier in the day, the answer would be a resounding “yes.”

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LA Kings Darryl Sutter: “The Stanley Cup Train Was Last Year. Some Guys Have To Get Off That Train”

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With one game left before the National Hockey League’s All-Star break, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture.

Indeed, if the Stanley Cup Playoffs were to begin tomorrow, the defending Stanley Cup Champions would not qualify for the post-season party.

So what’s to blame for the Kings’ “malaise,” a term used by President/General Manager Dean Lombardi in a recent Canadian radio interview?

Although the recent losses of forwards Tyler Toffoli (mononucleosis) and Tanner Pearson (fractured fibula) are playing a role, the problems have been present since the season began last October. As such, you can chalk it up, in large part, to instability on the Kings’ blue line, with veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr in and out of the lineup due to various injuries, along with the loss of Slava Voynov to his ongoing suspension.

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Is LA Kings Rookie D Brayden McNabb Finding His Game Just In The Nick Of Time?

LA Kings rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb (right), shown here during a recent practice with Martin Jones
in goal and forward Andy Andreoff (left) just barely in the picture.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography


EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb was in his coaches’ doghouse.

Indeed, he was a healthy scratch in four of the Los Angeles Kings’ last seven games, and in three straight games prior to returning to the lineup on January 10, in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Staples Center in Los Angeles. But the 23-year-old, 6-4, 208-pound native of Davidson, Saskatchewan took quite the leap forward on January 12, and perhaps just in the nick of time, helping the Kings shutout the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0, at Staples Center.

Against the Maple Leafs, McNabb played what was, arguably, his best game of the season with solid positional play, smart reads, good, quick decisions and strong physical play.

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You Might Be Wondering, “What Now,” But Not The LA Kings

LA Kings center prospect Nick Shore, shown here with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League
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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — After losing right wing Tyler Toffoli to mononucleosis, seeing left wing Tanner Pearson slide, feet first, into the end boards, suffering a fractured fibula, and knowing that the Los Angeles Kings are not playing well in their own zone, many are probably wondering…

What now?

But the Kings are not asking that question, at least, not publicly.

“It hurts losing those guys,” said defenseman Jake Muzzin. “They bring a lot of energy and a lot of offensive ability, but we’ve got other guys who can step up, no problem.”

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