2012 Stanley Cup Final: It’s Fun And Games, In A Sense, For Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is all about
fun and games, in a manner of speaking.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Back in 2009-10, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was in his sophomore season in the National Hockey League, and was on top of the world, playing his way to becoming a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the best defenseman in the NHL.

That season, Doughty, then just twenty years old, set the league on fire, scoring 16 goals and adding 43 assists for 59 points, with a +20 plus/minus rating and 54 penalty minutes in 82 regular season games.

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2012 Stanley Cup Final: Eastern Media’s Ignorance Of All Things LA Kings, Shines Through

COMMENTARY: With the Los Angeles Kings playing in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, something Kings fans have only seen their team do once before in the franchise’s nearly 45-year history, it is astonishing to see media based in the Eastern Time Zone only now taking notice of the Kings, most notably, the exceptional talent of center Anze Kopitar. Why only now? Will the Kings ever get themselves out from that dark shadow known as obscurity?

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar is well-known to Los Angeles
hockey fans. But he appears to be totally new to so many hockey
writers, who are, obviously, completely unfamiliar with him.
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LOS ANGELES — If it was not already crystal-clear well before the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs began, the Los Angeles Kings advancing to the Stanley Cup Final this season has vividly demonstrated how much the media in the East, and much of Canada, ignores teams in the West and Southwest, especially the Kings.

To be sure, many of the same reasons that the Kings were ignored for so many years after they entered the National Hockey League in 1967, the league’s first expansion from its Original Six teams, still exist today, most notably, that by the time the Kings hit the ice to start a home game at Staples Center, most of those who might watch in the Eastern Time Zone are either asleep, or about to go to bed. Read more of this post

2012 Stanley Cup Final: New Jersey Devils Looking For Silver Lining After Game 1 Loss To Los Angeles Kings

New Jersey Devils defenseman Mark Fayne missed a gaping net during his team’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings, during Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on May 29, 2012.
Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images via the Los Angeles Kings

Less than 24 hours after they faced-off in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, two similar teams were also very similar in their analysis of their performances the night before.

The New Jersey Devils pointed to a tentative start, and needing to raise their overall level of play.

“I think we’re going to have to find another level,” said Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. “I feel we have another level. I thought we came out a little tentative, as was expected for a Stanley Cup Final game. I thought we got better as the game went on. That’s a team you’ve got to play sixty minutes against.”

“[The Los Angeles Kings] were good,” added DeBoer. “They were off for a while. We knew they’d be good. I thought we were a little tentative early. Once we got comfortable, I thought we started to play better. We pushed in some spurts tonight, but not enough to have success against that team.” Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings/New Jersey Devils: 2012 Stanley Cup Final Preview

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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final just hours away, we are all about to see two very similar teams face-off against each other.

“They roll four lines, like we do,” said Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards. “They forecheck well, they get to the puck well, they’ve got a lot of speed, and they’ve got a couple of guys with a lot of skill, too.”

“They play a lot like us,” said Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. “They play a really strong game, they work hard, they have fast, big wingers, great centers. They have a strong forecheck, and that’s something I’m going to see a lot of. If I can play the puck, I have to create something for our defensemen.”

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LA Kings’ Dustin Penner: The Irony Of It All

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner’s resurgence
during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, capped by the
overtime game-winning goal in the Western Conference
Finals, is not only a major shock, but ironic as well.
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Photo: David Sheehan/

EL SEGUNDO, CA — No one is going to easily forget that Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner was invisible for much of the 2011-12 regular season, scoring a measly seven goals with ten assists for 17 points in 65 games.

Penner’s time with the Kings started off poorly, as he was a non-factor from the moment he joined the team after a trade deadline deal on February 28, 2011.

A veteran forward with size and skill, Penner was expected to give the Kings’ struggling offense a boost, but he scored just two goals and tallied only four assists last year, after joining the Kings, and he chipped in with a goal and an assist in the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks.

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