Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: LA Kings Need To Get Drew Doughty, Power Play Out Of Doldrums

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Despite getting blown out of the HP Pavilion by the San Jose Sharks, 6-3, on November 15, the Los Angeles Kings are still on top of the Western Conference standings with an outstanding 12-4-0 record to start the 2010-11 National Hockey League season.

Indeed, the Kings have played well throughout those 16 games, with their very poor performance at San Jose a couple of nights ago being the exception. Flying that high so far, one would probably think that the Kings are firing on all cylinders. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Breeze To 5-1 Win Over Islanders

LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar scored two goals and added an assist, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown both scored their eighth goals of the season, and Drew Doughty added a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 rout of the lowly New York Islanders in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 13. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Talk Is Cheap…Time To Put Your Money Where Your Mouths Are

LOS ANGELES — Given that the Los Angeles Kings are just 5-6-2 since the Olympic break and have put in mostly poor efforts since that time, one can imagine what an advertisement in the Lost and Found section of the local newspapers might look like:

LOST: Intensity, effort, urgency, enthusiasm. If found, please contact the Los Angeles Kings immediately.

Although their malaise began before the Olympic break, the two-week hiatus killed any momentum the Kings had going into the stretch drive for the playoffs. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Still Need Work Despite Win Over Islanders

LOS ANGELES — After an embarrassingly poor, lethargic effort in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on March 18, the Los Angeles Kings showed some improvement in a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center on March 20.

Brad Richardson scored his eleventh goal of the season at 13:35 of the first period and the Kings, behind a bounce-back performance by goaltender Jonathan Quick, made the lone goal stand up.

Quick stopped 26 shots in his fourth shutout of the season and the eighth of his National Hockey League career.

The Kings got off to a strong start, which has been rare for them in recent games. But when Kings defenseman Randy Jones went off for tripping at 15:39 of the second period, the Islanders got some much-needed energy despite not scoring on the ensuing power play and took over control of the game, while the Kings’ effort sagged. Read more of this post

Butch Goring Was The LA Kings’ First Star, Fan Favorite

Butch Goring
Photo: LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Long before Anze Kopitar’s skates hit the ice at Staples Center, years before superstar Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Marcel Dionne lit up opponents on the ice at the Forum in Inglewood, California, and even before superstar and should-be Hall Of Fame goaltender Rogie Vachon often won games single-handedly at the Forum, center Robert Thomas “Butch” Goring thrilled fans with his speed, scoring ability and hard work for eleven seasons after being selected by the Kings in the fifth round (51st overall) of the 1969 National Hockey League Amateur Draft.

In the 1969-70 season, his first with the Kings, Goring scored thirteen goals and added 23 assists for 36 points in 59 games. But he wound up splitting time between the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, the Springfield Kings of the American Hockey League and the big club the following season, playing in just nineteen games at the NHL level.

It was not until the 1971-72 season that Kings fans became enamored with the speed and scoring ability of the St. Boniface, Manitoba native, but Goring quickly became the Kings’ first star and fan favorite. Read more of this post

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