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Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Kopitar, Clifford, Quick Lead LA Kings to 2-1 Win Over Calgary

LOS ANGELES — Rookie Kyle Clifford scored his first National Hockey League goal, Anze Kopitar scored his third straight game-winning goal, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 9.

Olli Jokinen scored the Flames’ lone goal on the power play late in the third period.

Kings center Brad Richardson suffered an upper body injury, possibly a concussion, during the first period. He appeared to be woozy as he skated to the Kings’ bench, and did not return. He will be evaluated by team doctors on December 10.

Prior to the game, left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky was activated from injured reserve after missing twelve games due to a broken finger he suffered on November 6, 2010, in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at Staples Center.

Ponikarovsky returned to his position on the Kings’ third line, with center Michal Handzus and right wing Wayne Simmonds. Read more of this post

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For The Los Angeles Kings, Black Friday Has A Totally Different Meaning

EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Terry Murray was hired as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on July 17, 2008, his highest priority was to teach his young team how to play defense, something that seemed like a foreign concept to the Kings in the seasons just prior to his arrival.

Two years later, Murray’s mostly young charges had improved their defensive zone play in dramatic fashion by emphasizing coverage of the “home plate” area in front of their own net. That new focus, along with improved goaltending, resulted in a dramatically reduced number of shots against, far fewer quality scoring chances by opponents and, as a result, a lot less pucks ending up in their net.

That focus was on point to start the 2010-11 season, one that saw the Kings jump out to a 12-3-0 start. But their defensive focus went by the wayside in mid-November, and the Kings have been in a deep slump ever since, losing five of their last six games while allowing one glorious scoring chance after another and giving up goals in bunches. Read more of this post

LA Kings Getting Solid Production From Second Line In Early Going

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As they have struggled on the power play, scoring just one goal in 16 times shorthanded through the first four games of their 2010-11 National Hockey League season, and with star center Anze Kopitar off to a slow start with just three assists in the four games, the Los Angeles Kings have had to find offense from a somewhat unexpected source. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Can Third Line of Handzus, Ponikarovsky, Simmonds Be More Than A Shut Down Line?

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings head into their 2010 exhibition season tonight (September 22, 2010) at Colorado, much of what head coach Terry Murray has in mind for his team is already apparent, especially in terms of his forward lines.

At this point in the Kings’ 2010 training camp, Murray has Anze Kopitar centering the first line with Ryan Smyth and Dustin Brown on the wings, with Jarret Stoll centering the second line between Scott Parse and Justin Williams. Read more of this post

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