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Anze Kopitar’s Two-Way Play Has Been Key To LA Kings’ Success

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings beginning a four-game road trip in Nashville tonight (5:00 PM PST, televised on Fox Sports West in Southern California), and with the news that goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the trip, and is practicing with the team, it appears that he is now within a week or two of returning to the lineup.

When he went down with a grade 2 groin strain—a partial tear—on November 12 at Buffalo, a collective groan could be heard rumbling through Kings Nation. Many expected that the team would struggle to keep their heads above water without their star netminder. Some even thought the Kings would plummet in the standings.

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Frozen Royalty Video: King, Jones Lead LA Kings To 3-2 Shootout Win At Anaheim

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (right) congratulates goalie Martin Jones on his first National Hockey League win, a 3-2 shootout win at Anaheim on December 3, 2013.
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ANAHEIM, CA — Dwight King scored the lone goal in a nine-round shootout, and Martin Jones made his National Hockey League debut in goal—both led the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim on December 3.

Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown scored goals for the Kings, while Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry scored for Anaheim.

Jonas Hiller was outstanding in goal for the Ducks, making 49 saves, while Jones stopped 26 shots for the Kings.

Jones and Kings head coach Darryl Sutter spoke to the media after the game, and you can watch videos of those media scrum interviews below.

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Comfort + Confidence = Contributions For LA Kings Left Wing Dwight King

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the earliest days of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 training camp, head coach Darryl Sutter has been singing the praises of left wing Dwight King, referring to the 24-year-old native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan as his best player during training camp, and he has continued to speak highly of the much-maligned forward, to the chagrin of the considerable number of detractors he has gained since last season.

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LA Kings Dwight King Becoming A 15-Goal Scorer May Not Be Far-Fetched At All

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — It doesn’t take more than a quick spin through the various forums and web sites where the Los Angeles Kings faithful congregate to talk about their favorite team to learn that left wing Dwight King has become this season’s Dustin Penner.

Indeed, Penner, who now plays for the Anaheim Ducks after more than two seasons with the Kings, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2012, was the target of the fans’ ire for just about his entire time with the Kings. But even though the anger level is not what it often was with Penner, King frequently elicits similar reactions, drawing heavy criticism for his play.

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