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LA Kings: Bad Habits and Bright Spots Highlighted In Win Over Phoenix

ALSO: Post-game audio interviews with Drew Doughty, Dwight King, Anze Kopitar and head coach Darryl Sutter following the Los Angeles Kings’ 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on October 24.


Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here during the team’s
October 24 morning skate, recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career
later that night, in a 7-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Anyone who has followed the Los Angeles Kings for at least a couple of seasons knows that they have a penchant for letting teams back into games after establishing a big lead.

The most notorious example in recent years was their loss in Game 3 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals, when they had a 4-0 lead, and then led 5-1, before losing in overtime, 6-5, an absolutely embarrassing defeat.

Earlier this season, the Kings had a 3-0 lead after the first period against the Ottawa Senators on October 9, at Staples Center, but then allowed three straight goals, one in the second period, and two in the third. Fortunately for the Kings, Jeff Carter saved the day with a goal in overtime to secure a 4-3 victory.

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LA Kings: Inconsistent Play Stopping Forecheck Before It Can Get Started

ALSO: Update on Dustin Brown adjusting to having to wear a knee brace; Defenseman Alec Martinez could become left wing Alec Martinez; Anze Kopitar makes a young man’s wish come true, and; in an audio interview, Willie Mitchell discusses hitting and fighting in the National Hockey League.


Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (left), with 18-year-old Tyler Fithian, a leukemia patient whose wish to skate with Kopitar was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, on October 23.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Entering tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles (7:30 PM PDT; televised locally on Fox Sports West), the Los Angeles Kings are a disappointing 6-4-0 to start the season, good for twelve points. That ranks them a lowly fifth in the seven-team Pacific Division, and seventh in the Western Conference.

Although it is way too early in the season to be overly concerned, to this point in the season, inconsistent play has been a rather glaring issue for the Kings, and it has shown up mostly in their inability to generate a forecheck with any semblance of regularity, as was evident in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on October 21.

Indeed, even though the Kings took too many penalties and gave up three power play goals, their problems extended beyond their poor penalty-killing that night.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Jonathan Bernier Stops 40 Shots, Leads LA Kings To 3-2 Victory Over Phoenix

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Penner, Drew Doughty and Jarret Stoll, scored goals, and Jonathan Bernier made a career-high 40 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in the second of back-to-back games at Staples Center on March 19.

The Kings won the opening round of this two-game match-up on March 18, 4-0.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Toffoli, Kopitar, Quick Lead LA Kings To 4-0 Rout of Phoenix Coyotes

LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar and rookie Tyler Toffoli each scored a goal and added an assist, while Jonathan Quick stopped all 27 shots he faced, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 18.

After the Coyotes had the best of the scoring chances early in the first period, Kings rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin opened the scoring on a shot from the top of the left circle at the 6:01 mark, with the Kings on the power play. Muzzin’s shot was deflected near the point of origin by Coyotes right wing David Moss, changing the direction of the shot.

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