San Jose Sharks Present A Whole New Post-Season Challenge For LA Kings

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Matt Greene, Jarret Stoll, and head coach Darryl Sutter.

LA Kings center Jarret Stoll.
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Photo: David Sheehan/

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are heading into Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Jose Sharks on May 14 (7:00 PM PDT, Staples Center) knowing that were not at the top of their game in the first round of the playoffs against the St. Louis Blues. To be sure, the Kings have not looked much like the team that won the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship.

“I don’t know if we’ve played like that yet,” said defenseman Drew Doughty. “I think we still have a long way to go. We were OK in the St. Louis series. We weren’t great. We didn’t play to the best of our abilities, so we’ve got a lot to work on, and we’ve got to start doing it in this series.”

“Our defensive zone coverage, composure with the puck under fast, quick pressure, heavy pressure, like we saw in the first round, I don’t think we handled it too well,” said center Jarret Stoll. “We need to be a lot better in that area. We relied on our goaltender too much. He was great, he was awesome for us, but we need to be better in that area, and just bearing down, offensively. We had some chances that went by. We scored some timely goals, but I think we could’ve put more pucks in the net, and we didn’t.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: Clifford Strikes Twice, Toffoli Debuts In LA Kings’ 5-2 Win Over San Jose

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Features exclusive video of post-game interviews—footage that KingsVision did not get—with Jonathan Bernier and Tyler Toffoli.

LOS ANGELES — Kyle Clifford scored two goals, Jarret Stoll scored a goal and tallied an assist, Trevor Lewis contributed two assists, and Jonathan Bernier made twenty saves, including one on a penalty shot, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a decisive 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 16.

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Los Angeles Kings Let It All Skate Away Against San Jose

LOS ANGELES — Four days after the Los Angeles Kings were eliminated in six games from the first round of 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, the Kings dressing room at Staples Center has probably been cleaned out, not to be used (at least, not by the Kings), until next season.

Despite losing in six games, the Kings came close to, not just extending the series to a seventh game, but to advancing to the second round. Indeed, when they were on top of their game, their forecheck, defensive zone coverage and goaltending gave the Sharks fits.

“We had opportunities to win this series,” Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown lamented. “We had a 4-0 lead at home in Game 3, and two other overtime games. We were right there.” Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Will Need A Miracle To Win First Round Series Against San Jose

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (right) will return to the lineup for Game 1 of his team’s first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on April 14, 2011 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With less than 16 hours left, at the time of this writing, before the Los Angeles Kings open their first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion in San Jose (7:00 PM PDT, televised in Southern California on Fox Sports West, nationally on Versus, and in Canada on TSN and RDS), one thing is clear…

…without star center Anze Kopitar, it will take a miracle for the Kings to win this series and advance to the second round. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Get Two, But Give Up One Against San Jose

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (arms raised) celebrates after scoring his second goals of the game at 18:18 of the third period,
during a 4-3 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center
in Los Angeles on March 24, 2011.
Photo: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images via Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — With the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks in town, the Los Angeles Kings were looking to cut into the Sharks six-point lead over them in the division standings.

Although the Kings won the game, 4-3, they gift-wrapped a point in the standings for the Sharks by giving up the tying goal at the 19.55 mark of the third period, when Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored his second goal of the game.

To magnify the fact that the Kings blew an opportunity to draw even closer to the Sharks, Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown scored his second goal of the game just 1:37 earlier, giving the Kings a 3-2 lead, with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. Read more of this post


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