Rough, Physical Play Showing That LA Kings Are A Team, Perhaps Now More Than Ever Before

LA Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell drops the gloves with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downie on
November 4, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Photo: Newscom

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — To this point in the 2010-11 season, if anything is clear about the Los Angeles Kings, it is that other teams view them as one of the best teams in the NHL, and that is showing up in terms of physical play, as many opponents are going into games against the Kings trying to get them off their game through physical intimidation.

To be sure, despite the fact that right wing Kevin Westgarth, the Kings’ heavyweight enforcer, has not been in a fight yet this season, perhaps due to the fact that he broke Colorado Avalanche heavyweight David Koci’s jaw in a pre-season scuffle back in September, teams seem to be going into games against the Kings with the intent of knocking them around, both with big hits and their fists.

“There were a few hits, a few confrontations,” head coach Terry Murray said after his team’s very physical 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 4. “A little old time hockey with the scrums that were going on. It was a very competitive game out there—two first place teams. The battle heats up.” Read more of this post


Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Still On Top After Rough 3-1 Win Over Dallas

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings find themselves on top of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference standings and second in the overall league standings after winning their fifth straight game and seventh straight game at home, a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on November 11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Dustin Brown got the Kings on the board with his seventh goal of the season at 6:13 of the first period, cleaning up a sloppy rebound left in the crease by Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

Stars forward Jamie Benn made Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty look bad by easily lifting Doughty’s stick from behind, and then going in alone on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick to tie the game at the 17:04 mark. Read more of this post