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LA Kings-Anaheim Ducks: Second Round Playoff Series Preview

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Includes audio of May 2 post-practice interviews with Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, forward Dustin Brown, defenseman Jake Muzzin, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (right) shined during the first round playoff series
against the San Jose Sharks, much to the surprise of many fans.

 

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With all the talk over the past couple of days about a true rivalry that will be established between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, now that the two teams are finally meeting in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the anticipation going into the series is palpable.

But beyond the hype, the game is played on the ice, and one team must win four games to advance to the conference finals.

For the Kings to accomplish that goal, they must clamp down defensively on the team that led the National Hockey League offensively during the regular season, averaging 3.21 goals per game, compared to the Kings’ 2.42 goals per game (ranked 26th in the league).

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Finally…A True LA Kings-Anaheim Ducks Rivalry Is About To Be Born

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Includes audio of May 1 media conference call with Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll, defenseman Matt Greene, and head coach Darryl Sutter..


LA Kings center Jarret Stoll.
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LOS ANGELES — When the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim became a National Hockey League team in the 1993-94 season a rivalry was born between them and their neighbor, who played about 35 miles north, the Los Angeles Kings.

Since that time, whether it was at what was then the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, the Kings’ first permanent home, to the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, now known as Honda Center, and then to Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, there is a lot more trash talking between fans than usual when the two teams go head-to-head.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Kopitar, Stoll, Quick, Sutter Face The Music, Down 2-0 In Series vs. San Jose

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has allowed twelve goals in two games so far in his team’s first round playoff
series against the San Jose Sharks. Although he has pointed at himself for that, taking the blame, as usual, the
truth is that his teammates let him down...and they know it.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After getting their rear ends handed to them in two embarrassing losses to the San Jose Sharks in Games 1 and 2 of their 2014 Western Conference Quarterfinal series in San Jose, one might expect a somber mood in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room at their practice facility on April 21.

But even though you couldn’t call the mood of the team, “jovial,” they remain upbeat and confident, yet serious and focused on climbing a mountain that is now much taller than expected in order to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

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LA Kings vs. San Jose Sharks: 2014 First Round Playoff Preview/Predictions

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — It’s that time of year again.

It’s the time of year when hockey fans all over are either at games, or are glued to a television set somewhere watching Stanley Cup Playoff games, and probably not just games in which their favorite team is playing in.

Indeed, this is the best time of year for hockey fans, and that sentiment is shared by National Hockey League players and coaches as well.

“This is the best time of the year,” said Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar. “Everybody gets excited for it, and it’s no different for us.”

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