Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: LA Kings Slip Past Blue Jackets, 2-1

LOS ANGELES — Kyle Clifford and Mike Richards scored goals, and Jonathan Bernier stopped twelve shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on February 15.

After a scoreless first period, there was no scoring in the second period until Clifford finished off a two-on-break scoring an unassisted goal at the 18:40 mark.

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LA Kings Darryl Sutter Talks Helicopters, Prophecies After Wednesday Practice

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been on the ice for more than his share of goals against this season, a fact that has not gone unnoticed.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite returning from their five-game Grammy road trip with a losing 2-3-0 record, the mood was rather upbeat in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room following practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, on February 13.

The reason? Even though they were just 1-1 in the final two games of that road trip, the Kings played their best hockey of the season, which could give them the badly-needed push needed to propel them into the Western Conference playoff race.

“I thought, in the Detroit game [on February 10, a 3-2 loss], we actually played better [than at St. Louis on February 11, a 4-1 win],” said veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi. “We deserved those two points. Sometimes, that doesn’t happen, but it was a huge step in the right direction for our group of guys, trying to play the right way, given our game, playing with some desperation, and some passion.”

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Los Angeles Kings’ Leading Scorer Is…Kyle Clifford?

Left wing Kyle Clifford is the Los Angeles Kings’
leading scorer, believe it or not.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After stumbling out of the gate with an 0-2-1 start, the Los Angeles Kings finally got into the win column with a 4-2 victory at Phoenix on January 26, a game in which more players seemed to be finding their legs and timing, both of which have been lacking after a seven-month lull due to the National Hockey League lockout.

Indeed, it has been painfully evident across the NHL that those players who played meaningful, competitive hockey during the lockout are playing at a higher level than those who did not. Those who played during the “lull” are generally sharper, they are playing the game at faster, quicker pace, their decision-making is quicker and better, and they are often in better condition.

Those who did not are playing catch-up, often in a big way.

One of those players who is playing catch-up said that things are improving.

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Sluggish Start By Los Angeles Kings Was All Too Predictable

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner (right), shown here with goaltender
Jonathan Quick (left), during a recent practice session.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Following the Los Angeles Kings’ third period collapse, resulting in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on January 22, based on the reaction across the World Wide Web, one would think the sky is falling, Dustin Penner is back to being the worst player in the history of the game, and the Kings are doomed.

Of course, in an abbreviated season, every game counts that much more, and there is almost no time for a team to catch up if they dig themselves into a hole early in the season.

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After A Scary Injury, Alec Martinez Is Ready To Go For LA Kings – News, Audio Interviews From January 9 Informal Skate

PRE-TRAINING CAMP: A few more of the Los Angeles Kings showed up at their informal skates at their practice facility on January 9, including Colin Fraser, Mike Richards, and Alec Martinez. Read on for the details, and listen to the raw audio interviews.


LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has just a small
scar as a reminder of a nasty injury after taking
a puck to the face while playing in the Finnish
Elite League during the NHL lockout.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings continue to trickle back into the Los Angeles area after the National Hockey League lockout, the number of players who are participating in daily informal skates at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the team’s practice facility, is on the rise.

On January 8, forwards Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Penner, Brad Richardson, and Jarret Stoll, defensemen Davis Drewiske, Matt Greene, and Rob Scuderi, and goaltender Jonathan Quick were on the ice. Today, Richardson was absent, but the rest were joined by centers Colin Fraser and Mike Richards, right wing Justin Williams (who participated in the skate on January 7, but skipped Tuesday’s skate) and defenseman Alec Martinez.

Martinez certainly had quite the journey during the lockout.

“I’ve been a bit of a suitcase during this lockout,” he said. “I spent extended time here in L.A. I was in Finland for awhile, and got hurt there.” Read more of this post

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