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Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Douse Flames In 2-1 Shootout Win

LOS ANGELES — Despite going on a bit of a scoring tear during their most recent road trip, the Los Angeles Kings are, once again, struggling to score goals. But with just ten games left in the regular season, and with the Western Conference playoff race tighter than the proverbial drum, the Kings are likely to be in for nothing but low-scoring, tight-checking affairs the rest of the way.

That was exactly the case once again on Monday night in a 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames at Staples Center. Read more of this post

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Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Kopitar, Clifford, Quick Lead LA Kings to 2-1 Win Over Calgary

LOS ANGELES — Rookie Kyle Clifford scored his first National Hockey League goal, Anze Kopitar scored his third straight game-winning goal, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 9.

Olli Jokinen scored the Flames’ lone goal on the power play late in the third period.

Kings center Brad Richardson suffered an upper body injury, possibly a concussion, during the first period. He appeared to be woozy as he skated to the Kings’ bench, and did not return. He will be evaluated by team doctors on December 10.

Prior to the game, left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky was activated from injured reserve after missing twelve games due to a broken finger he suffered on November 6, 2010, in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at Staples Center.

Ponikarovsky returned to his position on the Kings’ third line, with center Michal Handzus and right wing Wayne Simmonds. Read more of this post

Lombardi’s Rebuilding Plan Making Unexpected Progress

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – PART 3: Frozen Royalty is back with Part 3 from an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. In this, the third and final installment, Lombardi discusses the Kings’ player development and evaluation infrastructure and the progress made in his rebuilding plan. And in case you missed parts one and two, you can read them here. Part 1: Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi Excited About Defense and Part 2: Lombardi Talks About Goaltending, Top Defenseman Prospects.


LOS ANGELES — For long-time fans of the Los Angeles Kings, the wait has been interminable.

Aside from one run to the Stanley Cup Finals led by Wayne Gretzky in 1992-93, the Kings have been a big disappointment, qualifying for the playoffs just twenty-two times in their forty-plus seasons in the National Hockey League but advancing past the second round just once.

To be sure, that is a rather dismal record filled with mediocrity.

A big reason for that long history of mostly lousy hockey has been their propensity for trading away first round draft picks for way-over-the-hill NHL stars who gave the Kings next to nothing. Meanwhile, the traded away draft picks were used to select future NHL stars such as defenseman Raymond Bourque, to name just one out of way too many who went on to lead their teams to great success, including a number of Stanley Cup championships. Read more of this post

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