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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

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

Butch Goring
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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

Los Angeles Kings Fantasy Camp: Doing The Right Thing To Start 2010

LOS ANGELES — Anyone with dreams of hitting the ice with Los Angeles Kings greats Luc Robitaille, Bernie Nicholls, Butch Goring, Marty McSorley and other Kings alumni can have those dreams come true and start the New Year off right, helping those in need, by participating in the Los Angeles Kings Fantasy Camp (for adults 18 or older only), scheduled for January 14-16, 2010, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California and Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

Proceeds from the fantasy camp benefit the Los Angeles Kings Alumni Association and the Kings Care Foundation. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Ryan Smyth Already Making A Big Impact

LOS ANGELES — For years, veteran left wing Ryan Smyth was a “Kings Killer,” scoring more points (24 goals with 24 assists for 48 points in 48 games) against the Los Angeles Kings than any other team, while wearing the jerseys of the Edmonton Oilers, the New York Islanders and the Colorado Avalanche.

But that was not one of the reasons Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi acquired the 33-year-old native of Banff, Alberta from the Avalanche on July 3, 2009, in exchange for defensemen Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing, along with a fifth round selection in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Indeed, Smyth’s uncanny ability to light up the Kings just about every time he faced them was probably not even on Lombardi’s list. Rather, it was Smyth’s veteran experience and leadership, not to mention the fact that he is one of the best in the game at driving hard to the front of the opposition’s net, parking himself there to create traffic in front of the goalie and get the dirty goals that the Kings have so rarely scored in recent years. Read more of this post

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