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Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Quick, Richardson Lead LA Kings To 2-1 Win Over Ovechkin, Capitals

LOS ANGELES — Brad Richardson assisted on the game-winning goal by Michal Handzus in the third period and made one solid play after another while Jonathan Quick was stellar in goal, stopping 26 shots, the two combining to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Alexander Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans during a matinee affair at Staples Center on January 2.

The Kings dominated the first period, which ended with Kings left wing Ryan Smyth opening the scoring on the power play with his eleventh goal of the season at the 19:01 mark.

The Capitals took over control of the game in the second, putting the Kings way back on their heels. But on the strength of Quick’s play in goal, the Caps scored just once on a power play goal by defenseman Mike Green at 2:13. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings: Finding Their Way?

LOS ANGELES — If you’ve been telling your friends, family, or anyone else that you thought the Los Angeles Kings would be ten games above the .500 mark in mid-December, in fourth place in the Western Conference, just two points out of the conference lead, and just three points behind the Washington Capitals for the best record in the National Hockey League as of this writing, rest assured that you will find a big lump of coal in your stocking courtesy of Santa Claus this holiday season.

After all, liars never wind up on Santa’s “good” list. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Hat Trick Moves Kopitar Into Tie For NHL Scoring Lead

LOS ANGELES — Washington Capitals superstar forward Alexander Ovechkin has been leading the National Hockey League in scoring to start the 2009-10 season, which should not be a surprise to anyone who follows the NHL.

But, at least for one night, Ovechkin has some company at the top from an unexpected source. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Almost Perfect On Three-Game Trip

LOS ANGELES — Just one week ago, the Los Angeles Kings were in free fall, having lost three straight games and eight of their previous twelve, plummeting out of the playoff picture.

Indeed, the Kings found themselves seven points out of eighth place in the Western Conference and that light at the end of the tunnel marked “playoffs” was growing dimmer with each passing day.

From the players and coaches to the assistant equipment managers, the Kings all knew that they had to turn things around. There was not a moment to lose and with a three-game road trip against teams ahead of them in the standings next on their schedule, they had a huge challenge in front of them. Read more of this post

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