LA Kings: Williams Says, “Enough Screwing Around;” Pearson On The Rise?

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Also includes audio of interviews with Tanner Pearson, Justin Williams and Darryl Sutter after practice on January 2.


LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Now that the New Year is upon us, the Los Angeles Kings are looking to turn the page on 2014 and start a hard push for the playoffs.

“It’s now time to win a few in a row,” said veteran right wing Justin Williams. “Enough screwing around. It’s time to get ourselves atop the conference again, where we belong, and get some breathing room between us and other teams.”

“The regular season is long,” added Williams. “Everyone’s gunning for you. It’s a hard league. We need to, eventually, hit a point where it’s go time. We need to find that, and we need to bring it every night.”

The Kings’ come-from-behind 3-2 win at Vancouver on January 1 was a good start to their playoff push.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Doughty, Kopitar, Sutter Interviews After LA Kings Beat San Jose, 3-1

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin scored goals while Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 27.

Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks at 2:37 of the first period after the Kings turned the puck over in their own zone, but that would be the only San Jose goal.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Game-Day Skate Interviews WIth Brown, Doughty, Sutter, 12/27/14

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a four-day holiday break, the Los Angeles Kings were back on the ice today (December 27), preparing for their game against their Pacific Division rivals, the San Jose Sharks, tonight (7:00 PM PST; televised regionally on NBCSN).

Defenseman Drew Doughty, forward Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter spoke with the media after their morning skate, and you can watch video of those interviews below.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Kopitar, Lewis, McBain and Sutter After LA Kings Down Coyotes, 4-2

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter, Marian Gaborik, Alec Martinez and Trevor Lewis scored goals and Anze Kopitar pitched in with three assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes during a matinee affair at Staples Center on December 20.

The Kings scored two power play goals on five chances with the man advantage, and they denied the Coyotes on all three of their power play opportunities.

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Defense Is The Catalyst For The Los Angeles Kings

ALSO: Something important that you might not know about Marian Gaborik, praise for Alec Martinez, and video not available anywhere else of post-practice interviews on December 19, 2014, with Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Justin Williams, defenseman Jake Muzzin, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings winger Marian Gaborik
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — A common refrain heard among those who follow the Los Angeles Kings is that scoring is down and their top players are not producing as they should.

Although they are not clicking at the 3.38 goals per game rate they achieved during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (top team in the playoffs), the Kings are not exactly terrible either, scoring an average of 2.70 goals per game, ranked 16th in the National Hockey League this season—right in the middle of the pack.

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