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Calgary Flames Fight Off Undermanned LA Kings, 2-1 on NHL Video

Dion Phaneuf and Nigel Dawes scored goals while Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 34 shots to lead the Calgary Flames to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the injury-decimated Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in Calgary. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Parse, Stoll, Quick Help LA Kings Douse Flames

LOS ANGELES — Scott Parse and Jarret Stoll scored goals, but Jonathan Quick was the big star for the Los Angeles Kings, who squeaked past the Calgary Flames, 2-1, in front of an announced crowd of 13,853 fans at Staples Center on Monday night.

Parse opened the scoring at 8:54 of the first period on a nifty move in front of Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

Flames forward Curtis Glencross answered at 15:39, beating Quick with a backhand from the low slot. Read more of this post

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Make It Or Break It Time For The Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — After a 4-1-1 road trip and a 7-1-1 record in their previous nine games, the Los Angeles Kings returned to the comforts of home and apparently, life at home is good…

Too good.

Indeed, perhaps all the home cooking and sleeping in their own beds made the Kings a little too comfortable because since returning to Southern California, they have been shutout by the Calgary Flames on February 12, 2-0, and then the Edmonton Oilers handed the Kings a 3-2 shootout loss on February 14.

In both games, the Kings started slow, but wound up outplaying the Flames and Oilers for the vast majority of their respective games, but something was missing from the Kings’ effort in each game that proved costly in the end.< Read more of this post

Lombardi Talks About Goaltending, Top Defenseman Prospects

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – PART 2: After taking New Year’s Day off, Frozen Royalty is back with more from an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. In this installment, Lombardi focuses on his team’s future in goal and two of his top defenseman prospects. Check back on Tuesday, January 6 for Part 3 of this series and if you missed Part 1, check out Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi Excited About Defense.


LOS ANGELES — Throughout the over forty-year history of the Los Angeles Kings, goaltending has arguably been their biggest Achilles Heel.

The only Kings goaltender who could be considered to be in the truly elite category was Rogie Vachon, who backstopped the Kings from 1971-72 to 1977-78, winning many games all by himself while playing on mostly horrid teams. Indeed, Vachon was so good that it is a heinous crime that he still has not been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sure, the Kings got stretches of solid goaltending from the likes of Mario Lessard, Kelly Hrudey and for a little more than one season, Felix Potvin. But outside of that, Kings goaltenders have been mediocre at best, and they often fell far short of that mark.

Much to the dismay of the Kings and their fans, in recent seasons, their goaltending woes have continued, but that might be changing sooner rather than later. Read more of this post

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