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LA Kings Rookie LW Tanner Pearson Is Flying As High As His Confidence Has Soared

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Listen to audio from May 7 interviews with Tanner Pearson, Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson, shown here during practice on May 7, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in EL Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — In case you haven’t noticed, Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson has been flying during the playoffs…almost literally. He has been more effective during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs than at any point during the regular season, making plays and using his speed, which, all of a sudden, appears to be his most dangerous weapon.

Conventional wisdom suggests that a young player like the 21-year-old Pearson should find it more difficult to be effective in the National Hockey League playoffs than it was during the regular season. Nevertheless, the converse has been true for Pearson, who has scored a goal and has contributed three assists for four points, with a +5 plus/minus rating and four penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

Compared to this time last year when Pearson played just 5:44 in Game 3 against the San Jose Sharks, the 6-1, 200-pound native of Kitchener, Ontario has come a long way in just one season.

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LA Kings Hoping Stark Contrast From Games 1 and 2 Continues

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Includes audio interviews with Dwight King, Darryl Sutter, and the entire media scrum interview with Dustin Brown (not available elsewhere)..


LA Kings winger and team captain Dustin Brown.
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LOS ANGELES — Just ahead of tonight’s Game 6 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the San Jose Sharks, who lead the series 3-2, the Los Angeles Kings, have not only made this playoff series a competitive one, but the pressure is all on the Sharks.

Despite that, the Kings are still just one game away from elimination, and they know that they have to keep doing what’s been working for them, and push forward from that.

“Getting off to a good start is key for us,” said winger and team captain Dustin Brown. “The desperation for both teams should be pretty high, so it’s a matter of matching it, and pushing it to the next level.”

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Are Focused On Possibilities Despite 3-0 Series Deficit

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Looking way up at a 3-0 deficit in their first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings are facing elimination and all the pressure that goes along with it.

Despite that coming back to win a series after being down, 3-0, has been done before. It’s an extremely rare occurrence, but it has been done.

That their task is not impossible seems to be exactly the attitude the Kings are taking into tonight’s Game 4 at Staples Center.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Kopitar, Stoll, Quick, Sutter Face The Music, Down 2-0 In Series vs. San Jose

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has allowed twelve goals in two games so far in his team’s first round playoff
series against the San Jose Sharks. Although he has pointed at himself for that, taking the blame, as usual, the
truth is that his teammates let him down...and they know it.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After getting their rear ends handed to them in two embarrassing losses to the San Jose Sharks in Games 1 and 2 of their 2014 Western Conference Quarterfinal series in San Jose, one might expect a somber mood in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room at their practice facility on April 21.

But even though you couldn’t call the mood of the team, “jovial,” they remain upbeat and confident, yet serious and focused on climbing a mountain that is now much taller than expected in order to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

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