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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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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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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.


LA Kings right wing Justin Williams
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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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Did San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson Try To Pull A Fast One In Statement On Torres Suspension?

COMMENTARY: Over the last few weeks, the Los Angeles Kings have been involved in two incidents involving blows to the head of a player. Both times, the player who was hit suffered an injury, and in each case, a player was suspended. Perhaps even worse, both incidents have shined a bright light on the fact that it isn’t just fans who don’t know the rules, but apparently, National Hockey League players, coaches and general managers don’t either, and the fault for that falls squarely on the shoulders of the NHL.


LA Kings center Jarret Stoll.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Almost one month ago, Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown was suspended two games, without pay, for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville at 10:04 of the second period in a game at Minnesota on April 23, a 2-1 Wild victory.

No penalty was called on the play.

Just prior to, and immediately after the decision by National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan was announced, the vast majority of Kings fans were up in arms about the decision, claiming it was a clean hit, and that Brown was a victim of circumstance because of Pominville’s positioning as he approached Brown (slightly low).

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