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LA Kings-Anaheim Ducks: It’s Still Early, But Anze Kopitar Is Winning The Matchup With Ryan Getzlaf

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Listen to audio of May 6 interviews with Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Matt Greene, Jeff Schultz, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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ANAHEIM AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Heading into the second round playoff series between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks, a matchup that Southern California hockey fans have been waiting twenty years for, much of the hype focused on the battle between two of the National Hockey League’s best centers, Anze Kopitar of the Kings, and Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks.

Getzlaf is a finalist for this season’s Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, while Kopitar is a finalist for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s top defensive forward.

Looking at their offensive numbers, Getzlaf is fifth in playoff scoring with three goals and seven assists for ten points, with a +1 plus/minus rating and six penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

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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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LA Kings D Matt Greene Is Focused On His Own Situation, As Usual

AUDIO: Story includes audio of media interviews with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene and head coach Darryl Sutter.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, shown here during a recent practice, is
biding his time, waiting for an opportunity to return to the lineup.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Whenever the Los Angeles Kings hit a cold streak, and they’re trying to figure out what their problems are, one player you can count on to accept responsibility and look only at himself is veteran defenseman and alternate captain Matt Greene.

In those instances, Greene will usually say something like he did on January 3: “You can only speak for yourself…I can’t talk for anybody else in this room. I can only talk for myself, and I have to get back to [playing well] to help our team.”

Fast forward to the present: Greene has been a healthy scratch for the last three games—he has not dressed since January 2 at St. Louis, an embarrassing 5-0 blowout loss, the culmination of a disastrous road swing in which the Kings lost all four games.

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The Sky Is Not Falling On The Los Angeles Kings

Also features a video interview with Los Angeles Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown.


LA Kings forward Dustin Brown, shown here
at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings limped home after losing all four games on their last road trip, they head into a contest against division rival Vancouver tonight (7:00 PM PST, Staples Center) having lost five straight games for the first time since December 3 – December 13, 2011, a streak of misery that ended with the firing of then-head coach Terry Murray.

Although there seems to be a significant amount of panic among Kings fans, the circumstances are dramatically different from those of two seasons past. In fact, the Kings insist that they are not far off from being on the other side of the won-loss column in their last five games.

“We’ve played well enough,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “If you look at it, prior to our last time we played St. Louis, we’d gotten points in five straight games. Four of them were overtime losses. Now we’re not getting the extra goal, so you’re not getting points.”

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