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Defensive Zone Play, Inconsistent Effort Are Top Priorities For The Los Angeles Kings

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: This story includes exclusive video of interviews with Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner and head coach Darryl Sutter following practice on March 8, 2013.


Left wing Dustin Penner said that “puck luck” played a key role
in the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars at
Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 7, 2013.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although the Los Angeles Kings are ranked fifth in the Western Conference heading into action on March 9, consistency has not been their strong suit through 22 games in this abbreviated season.

Although they have won nine out of thelr last twelve games, all one has to do is look at their sluggish 3-5-2 start, some incomplete efforts, and games in which the defensive blunders are glaring, and it leads one to question just how far this team can go this season.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Defensive Breakdowns Doom LA Kings in 5-2 Loss To Dallas

LOS ANGELES — Jaromir Jagr scored two goals, Cody Eakin scored a goal and added an assist, and Jamie Benn contributed two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 7.

Alex Gogligoski also tallied two assists for the Stars.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: LA Kings Come From Behind To Beat St. Louis, 6-4

LOS ANGELES — Jake Muzzin scored two goals and tallied an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 5.

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo opened the scoring at 15:09 of the first period, and he jumped up into the play after the Kings coughed up the puck behind their own net. Pietrangelo ended up in the left corner, where he tried to throw the puck in front to forward David Perron, who drove hard to the front of the net when the Kings turned the puck over. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov tried to fight off Perron, but the puck deflected off Voynov and into the net.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Carter’s Hat Trick Leads LA Kings to 5-1 Win Over Nashville

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter scored three consecutive goals, recording a natural hat trick, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 4.

The Kings got off to an uneven start to the game, giving up high-quality scoring chances early, and failing to record a shot on goal until the 15:02 mark of the first period. But Carter gave the Kings a 1-0 lead on the power play at 5:28 of the second period, when his attempted backhand pass fooled Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, who was playing the pass, and lost the puck between his legs.

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