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Are The LA Kings On The Right Track For 20-Game Sprint To The Finish?

AUDIO: Includes audio interviews with Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Jake Muzzin, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams.


LA Kings right wing Justin Williams: “This time of year is when we play our best hockey. These last twenty games is playoff time.
It’s time to show up.”
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Even though the Los Angeles Kings have won all three of their games since the National Hockey League returned to the ice following the Olympic break—they have won four straight games overall—they know their game is not yet where it needs to be. Nevertheless, there is little doubt that they have picked up their game since the break ended.

“We wanted to have a good start coming out of the break,” said defenseman Alec Martinez. “It’s no secret that we weren’t happy with our game before the break started.”

“We’re scoring goals, and we’ve been playing our game, the last three games,” added Martinez. “That’s certainly a good sign, but we’ve got twenty more to go. We’ve got to keep it going.”

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LA Kings Anze Kopitar Talks Olympics, Sprint To The Finish

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Well before the Los Angeles Kings hit the ice on February 24, an unusually large throng of local media had already gathered at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. In fact, with all the television and radio news media present, it looked like we had skipped over the final 23 games of the regular season for the Kings and moved right into the playoffs, which is when the local broadcast media start to show up at practices.

But on this day, center Anze Kopitar returned to the Kings’ practice ice for the first time since the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia ended, and he did so as an Olympic hero, of sorts. After all, even though he did not win a medal, he led Slovenia to a nearly miraculous 3-1 win over Slovakia in the preliminary round. Slovenia also shutout Austria in the Qualification Round, 4-0, to reach the Quarterfinals.

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Dirty, Greasy Goals Would Be Just What The Doctor Ordered For LA Kings

AUDIO: Also includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli.


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, shown here during practice on January 24, prior to
the January 25 Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After an optional skate and off-ice workout on February 2, the Los Angeles Kings gathered at an undisclosed location that afternoon to watch the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLVIII, which turned out to be an easy win for the Seattle Seahawks, who blew out the Denver Broncos, 43-8.

But as much as most of the Kings were apparently rooting for the Broncos, there may have been a more important motive behind the gathering.

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LA Kings Goaltender Jonathan Quick Talks About Being Named To Team USA For 2014 Sochi Olympics

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will represent the United States during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in
Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — Hours after being named to represent the United States at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (February 6-23, 2014), Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick spoke to the media about the honor from St. Louis, where the team will skate against the St. Louis Blues on January 2.

In 2010, Quick was a member of the silver medal-winning Team USA in the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, but was the third goaltender and did not dress for any games.

“I was able to be part of the team in 2010, so you get an understanding, I suppose, of what it’s like to represent your country,” said Quick. “To be able to have that opportunity again is a great feeling.”

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