Grandpa’s Advice Helps Michael Mersch Lead Ontario To Game 1 Win Over San Diego

LA Kings left wing prospect Michael Mersch helped lead the AHL’s Ontario Reign to a 5-3 win over the San Diego Gulls in Game 1 of their second
round playoff series on May 5, 2016, at Citizens Business
Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Michael Mersch scored two goals to lead the Ontario Reign to a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Gulls in Game 1 of their second round American Hockey League playoff series at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on May 5.

Mersch opened the scoring at 10:26 of the first period, batting the puck past Gulls goalie Matt Hackett from the bottom of the left circle.

Reign defenseman Vincent LoVerde scored on the power play at 14:37 of the first period, converting a back door play off a pass from Kings center prospect Nic Dowd, who was behind the left goal post.

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LA Kings Anze Kopitar: “It Only Comes Down To Winning Or Not.”

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 22, the Los Angeles Kings gathered at their practice facility where they met with the local media, lamenting their first round playoff loss to the San Jose Sharks, who eliminated them in five games.

Even worse, although the scores were close in all but Game 5, there were long stretches in the other games where the Sharks dominated, at times, making the Kings look like they didn’t belong.

“Teams in this league are pretty good,” said center Anze Kopitar. “You can’t just think that you’re going to come in and just roll over everybody. I think San Jose was a good example. They just flat out played better hockey than we did. They got timely goals on their power play and we weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be on the penalty-kill and on the power play. That’s what usually makes the difference.”

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Lecavalier Confirms Retirement Again, Lucic Really Wants To Stay With LA Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Several Los Angeles Kings players spoke with the local media on April 24, just a couple of days after they were bounced from the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs by the San Jose Sharks in five games.

Among those who spoke to the media was one player who was leaving the Kings and another who wants to stick around.

As he has said since his arrival in Los Angeles back in January, veteran center Vincent Lecavalier confirmed once again that he would retire now that the Kings’ season is over.

“It’s definitely still the plan,” he insisted. “I haven’t really thought about it the last couple of days. People are texting me, but I haven’t really thought about it. Yeah, it’s the same plan as when I first got here a few months ago.”

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LA Kings Must Solve San Jose Forecheck If They Expect To Win Game 5

LA Kings center Vincent Lecavalier
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On the eve Game 5 of their best-of-seven first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings, who trail the Sharks in the series, 3-1, opted for video sessions to review their game plan and off-ice workouts, aside from a handful of players who chose to skate.

“We went over some special teams from [Game 4 on April 20 in San Jose], checked on some injuries, and guys got a little workout upstairs,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “The guys who wanted to go on [the ice, went] on.”

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LA Kings Have Lots To Fix In Short Amount of Time Before Game 3 vs. San Jose

LA Kings forward Marian Gaborik
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — That the Los Angeles Kings are off to a dreadful start to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs is not just surprising, but you could say that it is also understating the situation.

Sure, one could argue that they overcame greater odds in 2014 when they came all the way back from a 3-0 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks to win their first round playoff series, 4-3.

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