Second Period Lapse Overshadows Rookie Milestones: Avalanche Squeak Past Kings, 4-3

LOS ANGELES — As in most professional sports, in the National Hockey League, one or two mistakes are often the difference between winning and losing, and the young Los Angeles Kings learned that lesson the hard way on Monday night in a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in front of an announced crowd of 13,891 fans at Staples Center.

Ryan Smyth led the way for the Avs with two goals, including the game-winner scored at 16:32 of the second period, spoiling the night for Kings rookie forward Oscar Moller and rookie defenseman Drew Doughty, who both scored their first NHL goals.

Moller opened the scoring on the power play at 6:19 of the first period, only to see Smyth tie the game on a wrist shot from the left circle at 11:28. Smyth’s goal came as a result of the first and only strong shift by the Avs in the period.

Left wing Patrick O’Sullivan gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with a goal at 3:02 of the second period, but then the wheels fell off the Kings’ cart. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Solid Leadership and Commitment To The Team

LOS ANGELES — Despite getting off to their predicted slow start in the 2008-09 National Hockey League season, the Los Angeles Kings have reasons to be encouraged.

Despite losing their first two games, a home-and-home series with the San Jose Sharks in which they scored just once, the Kings broke out in a big way against the so far very disappointing Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 victory on October 14 at Staples Center.

But more important for the young Kings is building their team from the ground up, and that means more than developing and fine tuning the skills of their players…much more. Read more of this post

Kings Take Advantage of Undisciplined Ducks

LOS ANGELES — Southern California’s National Hockey League teams are both off to slow starts this season. The two teams met at Staples Center on Tuesday night and obviously, something had to give.

The Stanley Cup-contending but underachieving Anaheim Ducks have looked like anything but a contender in the very young 2008-09 season, while the young, inexperienced Los Angeles Kings have met expectations with their 0-2 start.

But when the ice chips finally settled late Tuesday night, it was the Kings who broke through with their first win of the season, a 6-3 trouncing over the undisciplined Ducks, in front of a relatively sparse crowd of 14,451 fans. Read more of this post

Sharks Spoil Kings Home Opener

LOS ANGELES — In their home-and-home series this weekend, the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings made a lot of people see why the two teams are at opposite ends of the hockey spectrum.

On Saturday night in San Jose, the Sharks totally dominated the youthful Kings in a 3-1 win that was not nearly as close as the score would seem to indicate.

And on Sunday night at Staples Center, the Sharks were playing their third game in four nights and their fatigue was noticeable. Nevertheless, they had plenty left in the tank to hand the inexperienced Kings a 1-0 defeat, spoiling their home opener in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Sign Patrick O’Sullivan to Three-Year Deal

EL SEGUNDO, CA – On October 7, the Los Angeles Kings signed left wing Patrick O’Sullivan to a three-year contract valued at $8.775 million.

The deal is front-loaded and will pay him $4 million this season and $2,387,500 the next two seasons. The contract averages $2.925 million per year. Read more of this post

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