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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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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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Player Interviews and Head Coach Darryl Sutter

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Down 2-0 in their first round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings, for the most part, took the time to rest up for Saturday’s Game 3 at Staples Center (7:00 PM PDT; televised locally on Fox Sport West), although some players skated.

With the exception of Dustin Penner, the players who spoke to the media on Friday did not skate, including Rob Scuderi, Jarret Stoll, and Mike Richards. Head coach Darryl Sutter also spoke to the media, and Frozen RoyaltyNHL on YouTube is the only source for the full interview with Sutter.

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St. Louis Blues Present A Different Challenge For LA Kings This Time Around

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings qualified for the 2013 post-season party as the fifth seed in the Western Conference, and will face the St. Louis Blues in the first round, with Game 1 in St. Louis tonight (5:00 PM PDT, televised in Southern California on Prime Ticket).

For those who may still have the Kings’ sweep of the Blues in the second round of last season’s playoffs on their minds and believe that the Kings will enjoy similar success this time around, you can forget about that.

In fact, the Blues are likely to give the Kings a serious run for the money, and they have a good chance of winning the series, even though the Kings dominated the Blues in head-to-head competition during the regular season, sweeping the three games and outscoring them 14-7 in those contests.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Matt Greene, Rob Scuderi, Jarret Stoll and Darryl Sutter

LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene, who is recovering from back
surgery in late January to repair a herniated disc, participated
in his second full practice on April 17.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, who is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, participated in his second full practice with contact on April 17, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

Greene indicated that when he might return to the lineup is entirely in the hands of head coach Darryl Sutter.

For more, check out the following exclusive videos of the media interviews with Greene, defenseman Rob Scuderi, center Jarret Stoll, and Sutter via FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube.

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