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Kings Stop Streaking Sharks

LOS ANGELES — Going into Thursday night’s action, the San Jose Sharks had not lost in regulation play in twenty games, having gone 18-0-2 over that stretch.

Indeed, the Sharks are smoking hot and have been virtually unbeatable since they acquired defenseman Brian Campbell at the trade deadline. Add to that the Vezina Trophy candidate play that Evgeni Nabokov is giving the Sharks in goal in just about every game and it is easy to see why the Sharks have locked up first place in the Pacific Division.

But all streaks come to an end. But what was almost unbelievable was who ended it…none other than the lowly Los Angeles Kings the worst team in the National Hockey League going into Thursday’s action.

Anze Kopitar scored two goals, Brian Willsie and Raitis Ivanans added a goal each and Erik Ersberg made 32 saves to lead the Kings to a 4-2 win over the Sharks in front of 17,759 fans at Staples Center on Thursday night. Read more of this post

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LA Kings: November Hiatus For Hollywood Hockey?

LOS ANGELES — In case you weren’t aware, the 2007-08 National Hockey League season is still going on. But that has been very easy to forget in the Los Angeles area with the Los Angeles Kings sitting on the sidelines all week.

Indeed, the Kings have been reduced to being spectators this week, having been given the week off by the NHL’s scheduling gurus. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Looking Much Better

LOS ANGELES — After losing five straight games following their season opening win in London, England, the Los Angeles Kings have now won three of their last four games and are playing much better hockey.

During their five-game losing streak, the Kings were, in a word, horrendous. They were stumbling and bumbling their way through each game, making one glaring, fundamental mistake after another, with the puck winding up in the back of their net each time.

At least for now, the Kings appear to have righted the ship. The glaring mistakes have disappeared as the players have bought into the system and are trusting each other. Read more of this post

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