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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Los Angeles Kings Are Really Offensive

LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (foreground center)

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings prepared for tonight’s Game 2 of their second round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks, they knew that despite winning Game 1, they must play considerably better than they did, if they expect to win Game 2, let alone advance to the Western Conference Finals.

In Game 1, the Kings found themselves hemmed into their own zone by the Ducks for extended periods, much of that caused by their own mistakes.

“I thought our puck management wasn’t great,” said right wing Justin Williams. “I didn’t think our forecheck was great. I think all around, everyone has areas to improve on and myself, personally, also.”

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NHL Hits Grand Slam Home Run At Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium

Legendary hall of fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Bob Miller opened
the festivities for Stadium Series: Los Angeles on
January 25, 2014, at Dodger Stadium.
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and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — So many said that it couldn’t be done.

Just as many laughed derisively while insisting that the rink would turn into a swimming pool by the end of the first period.

Thousands upon thousands just shook their heads, muttering something about there being no real hockey fans in Southern California, and that Dodger Stadium would be mostly empty.

As evidenced by the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium on January 25 for Stadium Series: Los Angeles, the naysayers were wrong.

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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice While Teemu Selanne Takes Time To Enjoy It All

Anaheim Ducks superstar winger Teemu Selanne, shown here during his team’s practice session at Dodger Stadium on January 24, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — On January 24, the eve of the 2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles, both the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks skated on Dodger Stadium ice for the first time, with the home team getting the first practice time at 4:00 PM.

It was a typical practice for the Kings, in terms of them doing line rushes, and a few drills. But that is where the similarities with any part of their normal routine ended, as they were obviously skating under a darkening sky, with the San Gabriel Mountains off in the distance, and Palm trees close by.

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Southern California NHL Players Help Make Charity Hockey Game In Anaheim A Big Hit

RELATED STORY: Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings Players Vent Their NHL Lockout Frustrations


LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner was one of several Kings and
Anaheim Ducks players who participated in a charity game
in Anaheim on December 14, 2012.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

ANAHEIM, CA — With National Hockey League players idled by a lockout that is now in its 92nd day, and with no end in sight, some Southern California players decided to put some of their unwanted spare time to good use on December 14, 2012, when they skated in a charity game at The Rinks – Anaheim Ice, benefitting the Jr. Ducks Pee Wee AAA team (11 and 12-year olds), and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).

The game was a four-on-four contest with a lot of goals, no defense, half-speed skating (if that), and not a whole lot of goaltending, which is par for the course for similar Read more of this post

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