Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Can Build Off 3-2 Win Over Detroit

LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar scored at 4:04 of overtime to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on December 4.

Kopitar, defenseman Alec Martinez and right wing Justin Williams each scored a goal and added an assist in the game. Read more of this post

LA Kings To Face Vancouver Canucks In First Round Of NHL Playoffs

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UPDATE: Fox Sports West or Prime Ticket will televise all games in the Vancouver Canucks/Los Angeles Kings first round playoff series. Radio broadcasts to move to KLAC AM 570.


On the strength of a come-from-behind, 2-1 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in Denver on April 11, combined with a 3-2 overtime win by the Detroit Red Wings over the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings ended the 2009-10 regular season in sixth place in the Western Conference and headed for a first round playoff matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

After trailing since near the midpoint of the first period, the Kings took over in the third period.

Kings center Jarret Stoll deflected a point shot by defenseman Matt Greene that beat Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson at the 15:28 mark to tie the game. Read more of this post

NHL To Experiment With Rule Restricting Line Combination Changes

NEW YORK — Although the cry for a rule banning hits to the head was the focus of the recent National Hockey League general manager’s meetings, other rules were proposed that were designed to improve the game and, most notably, the fan experience.

Perhaps the most controversial rule proposed was to restrict the changing of line combinations during the season.

The proposed rule change would limit teams from changing established line combinations, barring injury, to no more than six different line combinations for each of their forward lines and defensive pairings.

Constant changing of line combinations by NHL head coaches has been a frequent complaint by fans across the league for many years. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Michal Handzus Leads LA Kings To Record Ninth Straight Win

LOS ANGELES — During a matinee contest at Staples Center on February 6, the Los Angeles Kings set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive win, coming back from a 3-0 first period deficit to defeat the once mighty Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans.

As they have many times in Saturday afternoon games, the Kings came out flat, gift-wrapping three goals for the Red Wings in the first period.

Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring at the 8:44 mark, taking a pass from line mate Pavel Datsyuk and, while all alone in front of the net, easily tapped the puck past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who had no chance.

Just sixteen seconds later, Detroit center Valtteri Filppula banked a backhand from the left circle in off of Kings defenseman Sean O’Donnell to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead. Read more of this post

Dean Lombardi: The Time To Make A Big Splash May Be Now

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: The following is the first in a series of stories based on an interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. Look for Part 2 later in the week.


Dean Lombardi
Photo: LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Anyone who follows the National Hockey League knows that Atlanta Thrashers superstar left wing Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract expires on June 30, 2010, and that the Thrashers risk losing him if they are unable to sign him to a contract extension prior to that date.

To this point, the Thrashers have been unable to reach an agreement with Kovalchuk, who many believe is waiting to test the free agent waters in July, and rumor has it that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell is testing the trade waters to try to make sure that if Kovalchuk refuses to sign, that the Thrashers will, at least, get something in return.

That has led to furious, wild speculation in recent days regarding teams that may be in the running for Kovalchuk’s services, and the Los Angeles Kings, with their young, up-and-coming team and enough salary cap room to fit Kovalchuk into their plans, are rumored to be among the favorites.

Many Kings fans are drooling all over themselves, both figuratively and literally, at the thought of seeing Kovalchuk in a Kings jersey. But the question is:

Will Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi pull the trigger? Read more of this post

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