Poor Playoff Performance Shows That LA Kings Anze Kopitar Is Not An Elite Player…Yet

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — At this time last year, the Los Angeles Kings were basking in the glory of their first Stanley Cup Championship in what was then the 45-year history of the franchise.

The team raced through the playoffs, earning an astounding 16-4 record, including ten straight road victories, and they accomplished all that by staying healthy, and getting contributions from everyone in the lineup. But as the old saying goes, a team’s best players have to be their best players in order to achieve post-season success, and that is exactly what the Kings got from goaltender Jonathan Quick, defenseman Drew Doughty, and forwards Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar.

But one year later, the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which begins tonight in Chicago. Indeed, the Kings failed to defend their Stanley Cup Championship after being eliminated in the Western Conference Final by the Blackhawks in five games, and in a more convincing fashion than the game scores may have indicated.

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2013 Western Conference Finals: Goaltending, Physical Style Should Help LA Kings Advance Past Chicago Blackhawks

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Heading into Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals, the Los Angeles Kings face their greatest challenge yet this season in the President’s Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks.

Having lost two of the three games against Chicago in the regular season might be a red flag for many. But the Kings won the last contest between the two teams on March 25, 5-4, at a time when the Kings were different team than the one the Blackhawks faced earlier in the season.

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LA Kings Trevor Lewis Is Thriving Under Head Coach Darryl Sutter

VIDEO: Includes video of May 25 media interview with Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter with bonus footage available only from FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube.


LA Kings forward Trevor Lewis
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — At this point in his National Hockey League career, it is quite clear that Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis is not likely to become a gifted sniper or a dazzling playmaker.

But that is what Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi thought he could be getting when he dealt center Pavol Demitra, the Kings’ best player in the 2005-06 season, to the Minnesota Wild on June 24, 2006, in exchange for center prospect Patrick O’Sullivan (now playing in Finland), who was the top prospect in the Wild organization at the time, along with the 17th pick in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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Los Angeles Kings – San Jose Sharks: Supplementary Discipline For Raffi Torres Won’t Be An Easy Call

Includes post-game video interviews galore, including exclusive video with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown and goaltender Jonathan Quick—not available elsewhere!


LOS ANGELES — Slava Voynov scored a goal and added an assist, Mike Richards scored a goal, and Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal series, in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on May 14.

With the win, the Kings have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 is scheduled for May 16 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, 7:00 PM PDT.

The Sharks came out flying early in the first period, aided by an interference penalty on Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin at the 5:23 mark.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Doughty, Penner, Quick Help LA Kings Escape With 2-1 Win Over St. Louis To Win Series in Six Games

LOS ANGELES — Drew Doughty and Dustin Penner scored goals, while Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series.

With the win, the Kings eliminated the Blues, four games to two.

Doughty opened the scoring at 12:37 of the first period on a wrist shot from the left circle. On the play, after taking a drop pass from center Colin Fraser, Doughty faked a slap shot, and then used Blues defenseman Roman Polak as a screen before letting go with a wrist shot that beat Blues goaltender Brian Elliott high, just inside the left goal post.

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