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Los Angeles Kings Looking To Make History With Sweep Of Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks are hoping that forward Daniel Sedin (foreground left) will be able to return to action in Game 4 of their first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, after missing twelve games due to a concussion.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Over their 44-year history, the Los Angeles Kings have been swept in a playoff series nine times, but they have never accomplished that feat.

Moreover, the Kings never had a 3-0 lead in a series until their current Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks, so it can also be said that the Kings have never come close to sweeping a playoff series.

But with a win tonight in Game 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (7:00 PM PDT, televised exclusively in the United States on the NBC Sports Network), the Kings can do just that. Read more of this post

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Critics Of Dustin Brown’s Captaincy Of Los Angeles Kings No Longer Have A Leg To Stand On

Los Angeles Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Ever since Dustin Brown was named as the 15th captain of the Los Angeles Kings on October 8, 2008, many have been highly critical of his captaincy, with a considerable number calling for the “C” to be ripped off his chest, something that has become a common, repeated refrain, year after year.

Indeed, all it takes is a quick perusal of Kings-related message boards on the World Wide Web to find a large amount of those who have called for the captaincy to be taken away from Brown, going back to the 2008-09 season, his first year wearing the “C.” Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Talks LA Kings and the NHL Playoffs On Cable Radio Network, April 16, 2012

On April 16, 2012, Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda appeared on The PM Show with Michael Horn, on Cable Radio Network, talking about the Los Angeles Kings’ improbable success in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks, who trail the Kings in the series, 3-0. Read more of this post

Even With 2-0 Series Lead, Los Angeles Kings Know They Need To Be Much Better

Los Angeles Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown says his team needs to improve heading into Game 3 of their first
round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After returning to the Los Angeles area with a surprising 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven, quarter final round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks, winners of the President’s Trophy for earning the best record in the National Hockey League this season, one might expect to see huge smiles, lots of laughter, and joking around by the players, showing excitement, and even joy, about their good fortune so far in the playoffs.

But instead of floating on Cloud Nine, the Kings appear to have their feet planted firmly on the ground, knowing that despite having a considerable lead in the series, they did not play all that well in Game 2 on April 13, in Vancouver.

“If you look at Game 2, we had too many turnovers,” said right wing and team captain Dustin Brown. “They had some good chances [off those turnovers], and [goaltender Jonathan] Quick had to make some big saves. We turned the puck over just inside our blue line, [instead of] getting pucks out.”

“I thought we turned too many pucks over last night, and gave them a lot of opportunities, which allowed them to play in our zone a whole lot,” said center Mike Richards. “In the first game, we got pucks in deep. We didn’t try to make those [risky] plays in the neutral zone.” Read more of this post

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