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LA Kings Try To Learn From Sub-Par Effort At Vancouver, Work On Solving Nashville’s Defense

VIDEO: Story also includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty spoke to the media following practice on March 3, 2013, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a poor effort at Vancouver on March 2, the Los Angeles Kings went back to the drawing board on March 3, trying to fix what went quite wrong against the speedy, skilled Canucks.

“Some of our guys weren’t at the pace we needed them to be last night,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “We just want to reinforce the pace that they have to play at, in terms of moving pucks, getting to pucks, that sort of thing.”

One example of that was the line of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, along with Trevor Lewis and later, Dustin Penner. Sutter noted that the line struggled against the Canucks, as evidenced by Richards and Carter both ending up with a -3 plus/minus rating for the contest.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Kopitar, Bernier Lead LA Kings To 2-1 Win Over Detroit

LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar scored a highlight reel goal at 15:12 of the third period while Jonathan Bernier was stopping 32 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 27.

The Kings got off to a rather lethargic start, but Bernier was up to the task until Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey bounced a shot from the left wing boards off of Bernier’s mask. The puck then fluttered over and behind him, bouncing off his back and into the net at 9:42 of the first period.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: LA Kings Dominate Colorado In Saturday Matinee, 4-1

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Trevor Lewis and Anze Kopitar scored goals to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in a sell-out, matinee contest at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 23.

Brown was unchecked in the slot, and scored on a one-timer from the left hashmark just 58 seconds into the game, setting the tone for the rest of the game, with the Avalanche often more than one step behind.

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LA Kings: Lewis Stepping Up, Muzzin Seeks Consistency, Sutter Issues Another Challenge – VIDEO

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (foreground), shown
here during practice on February 22, 2013, at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: Kasey Spatz/SpatzShots

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Outside of the first and second periods in Chicago on February 17, the Los Angeles Kings have started to put things together after a rough start to the abbreviated 2013 season.

Prior to February 10, the Kings were struggling badly, earning just a 3-4-2 record after nine games. But after that, they are 4-2-0, with a loss at Detroit, a game in which they arguably played their best hockey this season, and the aforementioned loss at Chicago, in which the Kings were missing in action until the third period, but almost came all the way back from a 3-0 deficit.

Head coach Darryl Sutter pointed out that his team’s progress has been a bit slow.

“I knew, coming [into the season], that opening [day, a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on January 19] wasn’t going to be about the game,” said Sutter. “It was going to be about the ceremony, and that held true. Then, we went to Colorado, and played pretty well, but made a couple of mistakes in the third period. That set the [tone] for where we are.”

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