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LA Kings Trevor Lewis Is Thriving Under Head Coach Darryl Sutter

VIDEO: Includes video of May 25 media interview with Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter with bonus footage available only from FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — At this point in his National Hockey League career, it is quite clear that Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis is not likely to become a gifted sniper or a dazzling playmaker.

But that is what Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi thought he could be getting when he dealt center Pavol Demitra, the Kings’ best player in the 2005-06 season, to the Minnesota Wild on June 24, 2006, in exchange for center prospect Patrick O’Sullivan (now playing in Finland), who was the top prospect in the Wild organization at the time, along with the 17th pick in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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LA Kings Need To Fix Scoring Woes, But Problems Don’t Necessarily Start In Offensive Zone

VIDEO: Includes video of portions of media interviews with Los Angeles Kings Rob Scuderi and Justin Williams that are only available from FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — That their Western Conference Semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks is now tied, 2-2, might be the bottom line for the Los Angeles Kings heading into Thursday’s Game 5 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. But of greater concern is that the Sharks have dictated the pace and controlled play for the vast majority of each game, using a heavy forecheck to keep the Kings bottled up in their own zone.

The fifth game of a National Hockey League playoff series that lasts six or seven games is often the key contest in that series, something that was not lost on the Kings.

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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.


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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Los Angeles Kings To Face San Jose Sharks In The Second Round

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings Rob Scuderi, Drew Doughty, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Detroit Red Wings eliminating the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 victory in Game 7 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series, the next round of the playoffs in the West is set.

The two Western Conference Semifinal series will feature the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks against the number seven seed Red Wings, and the fifth-seeded Los Angeles Kings versus the sixth-seeded San Jose Sharks.

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