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LA Kings: Gaborik Adjusting To New Surroundings While Brown, Kopitar Explain Formula For Recent Success

AUDIO: Includes audio interviews with Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Darryl Sutter.


Winger Marian Gaborik (second from right), celebrates a Jeff Carter
goal at Edmonton on March 9, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After winning seven consecutive games coming out of the Olympic break, and with eight straight wins overall, it is now safe to say that the break worked wonders for the Los Angeles Kings, who are on the verge of tying a franchise record for consecutive wins in a season with nine as they prepare to skate against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Staples Center here in Los Angeles tonight (7:30 PM PDT).

“I think all of our guys came back from the break really sharp,” said head coach Darryl Sutter.

“I had lots of fun, [the Olympics] was a great experience for me, personally, for [Team Slovenia], and for every single athlete who was there,” said center Anze Kopitar. “Maybe it gives you a little boost. When I came back, Darryl gave me a few days off, too, so I didn’t have to skate and put on equipment, which helped a lot.”

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LA Kings Captain Dustin Brown: “We’re Taking Steps In The Right Direction”

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, 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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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — On February 3, the Los Angeles Kings suffered yet another defeat, this time, a 5-3 loss to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. It was their fourth consecutive loss, their ninth regulation loss in the last eleven games (2-8-1 record), and their 14th regulation loss in their last twenty games (4-14-2 record).

As dismal as all that is, Monday’s loss to the Blackhawks could turn out to be the start of the Kings turning things around.

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NHL Hits Grand Slam Home Run At Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium

Legendary hall of fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Bob Miller opened
the festivities for Stadium Series: Los Angeles on
January 25, 2014, at Dodger Stadium.
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Photo: Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images
and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — So many said that it couldn’t be done.

Just as many laughed derisively while insisting that the rink would turn into a swimming pool by the end of the first period.

Thousands upon thousands just shook their heads, muttering something about there being no real hockey fans in Southern California, and that Dodger Stadium would be mostly empty.

As evidenced by the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium on January 25 for Stadium Series: Los Angeles, the naysayers were wrong.

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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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