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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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LA Kings Try To Learn From Sub-Par Effort At Vancouver, Work On Solving Nashville’s Defense

VIDEO: Story also includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty spoke to the media following practice on March 3, 2013, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a poor effort at Vancouver on March 2, the Los Angeles Kings went back to the drawing board on March 3, trying to fix what went quite wrong against the speedy, skilled Canucks.

“Some of our guys weren’t at the pace we needed them to be last night,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “We just want to reinforce the pace that they have to play at, in terms of moving pucks, getting to pucks, that sort of thing.”

One example of that was the line of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, along with Trevor Lewis and later, Dustin Penner. Sutter noted that the line struggled against the Canucks, as evidenced by Richards and Carter both ending up with a -3 plus/minus rating for the contest.

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Is It Time For The Los Angeles Kings To Trade For A Defenseman?

Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson got behind the defense on this play
to score a goal at 7:01 of the second period, helping lead his team
to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Bridgestone Arena in
Nashville on Feburary 7, 2013.
Photo: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) via the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — After a 3-0 shutout defeat at the hands of the Nashville Predators on February 7 in Nashville, the Los Angeles Kings have dropped to 3-4-2 to start the abbreviated 2013 campaign.

Indeed, after raising their black, white and silver 2012 Stanley Cup banner on January 19, the Kings are now raising red flags due to their inconsistent play in the offensive zone, and lots of blatant defensive blunders in the neutral zone and especially in their own zone—they look nothing like the team that dominated the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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For The Los Angeles Kings, It All Comes Down To Getting Dirty

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner will return
to the lineup on February 2 at Anaheim after
sitting out four games.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — For those who may be wondering, the headline for this story does not mean what you might think. Rather, it has become a repeated, old refrain that has often been heard in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room in recent seasons.

Indeed, the Kings really do need to get dirty. More specifically, they are getting very few opportunities to score the “dirty goals” to this point in the abbreviated 2013 season. The result? A meager 2-2-2 start to the season.

A dearth of scoring chances from the prime scoring areas was most evident this season in the Kings’ last game on January 31, when they dropped a 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators at Staples Center.

“We had a lot of offensive zone time, but it was a lot of cycles,” said forward Jeff Carter. “We really didn’t get much off it.”

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