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2010-11 Los Angeles Kings Year-In-Review: Evaluating The Forwards

2010-11 YEAR IN REVIEW: Part 1 of a series.


Anze Kopitar (right) and Justin Williams (left) led the way among Los Angeles Kings’ forwards this season.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings suffered an earlier than desired exit from the 2010-11 season, when they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, who won the series 4-2.

To be sure, another first round exit from the post-season party was not what the Kings had in mind this year, as expectations, both their own and just about everyone else’s, was for them to at least advance to the second round.

Although they faced extenuating circumstances that affected their ability to enjoy post-season success, namely, the loss of leading scorer and top defensive forward Anze Kopitar to a devastating ankle injury in late March, the Kings showed that if they had the discipline to adhere to their system and structure, they could have won that series, advancing to the Western Conference Semi Finals. Given that, it doesn’t matter how you slice it. The fact remains that the Kings did not meet expectations for the 2010-11 season. Read more of this post

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2008-09 NHL Playoffs – Joe Thornton: Too Little, Too Late…Again

LOS ANGELES — When San Jose Sharks superstar center Joe Thornton dropped the gloves with Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf just two seconds into Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series, it was too little, too late.

Thornton, who scored just one goal and contributed four assists in the six-game series, failed to show any fight in his game until it was too late, helping lead his team down the drain, losing the series in six games.

The Sharks have a reputation of being playoff busts, failing to get out of the second round in four straight seasons. This is also a team that reached the Western Conference Finals in 2003-04 and has been among the elite teams in the conference since then. Read more of this post

Youthful Kings Outclassed At Shark Tank

Alexander Frolov scored on the power play at 6:34 of the first period, but that would be the last time anyone would hear from the Los Angeles Kings the rest of the way, as the San Jose Sharks dominated from that point on and had an easy time handing the Kings a 3-1 loss in front of 17,496 fans at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Saturday night in the Kings’ 2008-09 opener. Read more of this post

Kings Finish Pre-Season With 3-2-3 Record

Joe Pavelski, Brad Lukowich and Patrick Marleau scored goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 25 shots to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in pre-season action at the E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday night.

Kyle Calder scored the lone goal for the Kings.

Jason LaBarbera started in goal for the Kings, allowed three goals on 28 shots.

The Kings ended the exhibition season with a 3-2-3 record.


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