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Win Over San Jose Brought Out Best From LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings right wing Jeff Carter will be out of action for awhile due to what is believed
to be a foot or ankle injury.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported in this space on October 24, the Los Angeles Kings’ game is built around establishing a strong, relentless, smothering forecheck.

The only problem is that through 14 games this season, their forecheck has not always been there.

“The biggest part of our game is the forecheck, and it hasn’t been there every night,” winger and captain Dustin Brown told Frozen Royalty on October 23. “It’s been really inconsistent. When we’re really good, and hard to play against, it’s because our forecheck is really good.”

One week after Brown made that remark, his team put in their best effort of the season, despite glaring blunders on two goals against, to beat the National Hockey League’s best team to date, the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in overtime, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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LA Kings Pushing For Improvement Heading Into 4-Game, Southeastern Road Swing

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter was standing in front of the net, much like he was in this photo from a recent practice session, when he scored the overtime game-winner against the
Ottawa Senators on October 9.
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are 2-2-0 as they begin a four-game road trip this evening against the Carolina Hurricanes (4:00 PM PDT, televised on Fox Sports West). But as their .500 record indicates, it has been quite the struggle so far, and that includes their last game, a 4-3 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators on October 9, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a game in which they blew a 3-0 lead.

Winger and team captain Dustin Brown noted that despite blowing a big lead, the Kings have enough experience to get them through difficult times.

“You never want to blow a three-goal lead, but at the end of the day, this team has been through a lot harder situations,” said Brown. “As a group of guys, we’re at that point where I don’t think a lot of things faze us.”

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NHL Stadium Series Media Day At Dodger Stadium – In Photos


Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

On September 26, the National Hockey League held a press conference at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles where one of the six 2014 Stadium Series games will be played, with the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Anaheim Ducks, on January 25, 2014.

To read Frozen Royalty’s comprehensive coverage of Thursday’s media day, please read:

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NHL Stadium Series: Upcoming Game At Dodger Stadium Is Already Bringing Back Fond Memories For Players

NHL STADIUM SERIES MEDIA DAY COVERAGE: Part 2 of Frozen Royalty’s comprehensive coverage of the NHL Stadium Series Media Day at Dodger Stadiun focuses on how the upcoming outdoor game at Dodger Stadium is a throwback to hockey’s roots, but is a very unfamiliar concept here in Southern California.


From left: LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, right wing Jeff Carter, Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner, and right wing Emerson Etem, shown here at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on September 26, 2013.
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LOS ANGELES — With the National Hockey League’s Stadium Series coming to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on January 25, 2014, where the Los Angeles Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks in one of six outdoor games scheduled this season, something that stands out in all this is the fact that outdoor ice hockey is a completely foreign concept here in Southern California.

Indeed, the fact is that the only outdoor hockey we know here is played on roller skates, or in a pair of tennis shoes in a park, schoolyard, or a neighborhood street.

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