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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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Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Strong Play On The Road Gets LA Kings Back In The Hunt

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings have returned to Southern California following a six-game Eastern road swing in which they earned a respectable 3-1-2 record. But that was part of a larger nine-game stretch of games, all on the road, in which they emerged with a 5-1-3 record, earning 13 out of a possible 18 points. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Show Improvement In Win Over Edmonton

LOS ANGELES — As often happens in a hockey game, one play, one moment in a game can change the momentum in favor of one team or the other. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Score Four In Second Period To Roast Ducks, 4-1

LOS ANGELES — Wayne Simmonds, Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown all scored in the second period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a decisive 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in front of an announced standing room only crowd of 18,313 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 26. Read more of this post

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