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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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Poor Playoff Performance Shows That LA Kings Anze Kopitar Is Not An Elite Player…Yet

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — At this time last year, the Los Angeles Kings were basking in the glory of their first Stanley Cup Championship in what was then the 45-year history of the franchise.

The team raced through the playoffs, earning an astounding 16-4 record, including ten straight road victories, and they accomplished all that by staying healthy, and getting contributions from everyone in the lineup. But as the old saying goes, a team’s best players have to be their best players in order to achieve post-season success, and that is exactly what the Kings got from goaltender Jonathan Quick, defenseman Drew Doughty, and forwards Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar.

But one year later, the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which begins tonight in Chicago. Indeed, the Kings failed to defend their Stanley Cup Championship after being eliminated in the Western Conference Final by the Blackhawks in five games, and in a more convincing fashion than the game scores may have indicated.

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Los Angeles Kings Aren’t Fazed By Game 7 Mystique

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar (left), shown
here with goaltender Jonathan Bernier
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On the eve of Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings were very much aware of the potentially final nature of tonight’s game at Staples Center in Los Angeles (6:00 PM PDT, NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS).

“This is it,” said center Anze Kopitar. “Either you live on, or you’re done with the season. I think everybody is going to take responsibility, and obviously, I’m certainly one of them. I’m going to try and pull the team behind me.”

“We want to make sure we leave everything out there, and give ourselves the best chance to win,” added Kopitar. “We’re a confident group. We know we can get it done. We’ve done it a bunch of times already. Now it’s just a matter of going out and performing to our standards.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Brown, Greene, Kopitar After LA Kings Take 3-2 Lead in Series With 3-0 Win In Game 5 Over San Jose

Due to the late hour, not to mention several early commitments in the morning, I will not be posting a quick write-up leading into the following post-game interviews with Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown, Matt Greene, and Anze Kopitar, who helped lead their team to a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinal playoff series at Staples Center on May 23.

KingsVision’s video interviews are included below, but the first three videos, with Brown, Greene and Kopitar, are only available from FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube.

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