Frozen Royalty Video: Gaborik, Kopitar, Sutter Interviews After LA Kings Comeback To Beat St. Louis, 6-4

LOS ANGELES — On a night when the Los Angeles Kings were looking forward to facing their opponent considerably more than usual, it looked like they were going to fall flat on their faces.

Indeed, after a third period blitz led the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 victory over the Kings on December 16 in St. Louis, the Blues jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period—they had scored seven unanswered goals since the game in St. Louis. and were well on their way to an easy win.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews with Dustin Brown, Darryl Sutter, December 17, 2014

LA Kings right wing Dustin Brown
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 17, one day after a disastrous 5-2 loss at St. Louis, the final game of a dreadful five-game road trip, the Los Angeles Kings held an optional skate at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

With their top players struggling, except for winger Marian Gaborik, who appears to be heating up, one might expect the Kings to be focused on their offense. But that was not the case at all.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Quick’s 32nd Career NHL Shutout Leads LA Kings To 1-0 Win Over Blues

LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick earned his 32nd career National Hockey League shutout and Jeff Carter scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 16.

Despite being outplayed for much of the game and despite being outshot, 43-18, the Kings managed to hold off the Blues, on the strength of their goaltender, who tied former superstar goaltender Rogie Vachon for the all-time Kings record for career shutouts.

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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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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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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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