Los Angeles Kings Left Wing Simon Gagne Is Healthy Once Again

LA Kings veteran left wing Simon Gagne, shown here during a workout on
March 15, 2012, returned to practicing with the team on May 25, 2012.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As you walked into the Toyota Sports Center, the practice facility of the Los Angeles Kings in El Segundo, California on Friday morning, there was a strange, yet vaguely familiar sight on the ice.

That was the sight of the number 12 on the back of a jersey during a full practice, something not seen since late December.

Indeed, veteran left wing Simon Gagne, who suffered a concussion back on December 26, 2011, was finally back on the ice with his teammates, skating in a full practice for the first time since suffering the injury. Read more of this post


Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Breaks Down LA Kings Loss In Game 4, 2012 Western Conference Finals

Following post-game interviews after the Los Angeles Kings’ 2-0 loss in Game 4 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday, May 20, I appeared on Inside SportsFrom The Arena post-game show hosted by Charles E. Smith, Jr. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Are Flying High, While Trying To Keep Their Skates Planted Firmly On The Ice

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi
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Photo: David Sheehan/

EL SEGUNDO, CA — It’s so close, they can almost touch it. But just the same, they would rather keep it at a distance, at least until they earn the right to talk about it openly.

“It” is the Stanley Cup, the most revered and coveted trophy in professional team sports, and with a win today in Game 4 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Los Angeles Kings can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for just the second time in franchise’s nearly 45-year history.

The Kings have a stranglehold on the best-of-seven series, having won the first three games, and can complete a series sweep of the Coyotes, who have been badly outplayed in just about every aspect of the game in Games 1-3.

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Are The Phoenix Coyotes Grasping At Straws Facing 3-0 Series Deficit Against The LA Kings?

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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After his team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the best-of-seven 2012 Western Conference Finals, now finding themselves trailing the Kings in the series, 3-0, Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett began grasping at straws.

“Personally, I’ve talked about this in a lot of meetings with Don [Maloney], our general manager, that the game is turning a little dishonest and it’s embellishment by players,” Tippett fumed. “When it’s done well, it’s very hard for the referees, very hard, because if you fall down near the boards, or you drop your stick, or you throw your head back, you’re putting the referee in a very tough situation.”

“You know, [it’s] not just our game tonight, you see it all through,” Tippett added. “The referees have a hard job. What it does, it makes the game dishonest. In actual fact, to make it work to your favor, you’ve got to do it more. You’ve got to do it. If everybody else is doing it, you better do it, too.” Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Rookie Left Wing Dwight King’s Wildest Dreams Are Coming True

Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Dwight King has scored
five goals in twelve playoff games this season.
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Photo: David Sheehan/

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Playing in the National Hockey League, and in the 2012 Western Conference Finals, has to be beyond the wildest dreams of Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King.

After his first recall on November 16, 2010, the 6-3, 234-pound native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, made his NHL debut the next night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. But he only lasted six games with the Kings before being sent back to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate).

During that six-game stint with the big club, King, was Read more of this post