Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Vancouver Canucks End LA Kings’ Season With 4-2 Win in Game 6

LOS ANGELES — On April 25 at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings learned, in rather brutal fashion, that they still have a ways to go before they will be ready to inflict major damage on opponents in the playoffs.

Indeed, the Kings suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. With the loss, the Kings were eliminated from the Western Conference Quarterfinals in six games. Read more of this post


Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Beat Themselves In Third Period In Game 4 Against Canucks

LOS ANGELES — Things were looking awfully good for the Los Angeles Kings, who took a 3-2 lead into the third period of Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks on April 21 at Staples Center.

But the third period proved disastrous for the Kings, who wound up dropping a 6-4 decision and, instead of taking a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series, they now head to Vancouver for Game 5 on April 23 with the series tied, 2-2.

Whether they were overconfident and let up to start the third period, or maybe they were playing not to lose instead of continuing to attack and take the game to the Canucks. But whatever the reason was, the Kings stopped playing their system in the third period and that opened the floodgates for the Canucks, who took full advantage. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson Prove To Be Vancouver Canucks’ Biggest Problems

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks coming up tonight (April 21, 7:00 PM PDT at Staples Center), much of the focus has been on the Canucks’ inept penalty-killing, which has allowed seven power play goals on just twelve chances after three games.

The result: the Canucks are looking up at a 2-1 series deficit with a huge challenge ahead of them…fixing their penalty-killing woes.

But the problem for the Canucks is not just their penalty-killing. More to the point, their problem is two-fold and they go by the names Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson, the young studs on the Kings’ blue line.

Indeed, the twenty-year-old Doughty and the 23-year-old Johnson are still very young, relatively inexperienced defensemen. But in the three games played in this series they have totally outclassed the Vancouver blue line corps, contributed huge minutes in situations where they were called upon to shut down the Canucks’ top forwards, and they have been unstoppable on the power play. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: Doughty, Johnson, Handzus Power LA Kings Past Canucks, 5-3

LOS ANGELES — Drew Doughty scored a goal and added three assists, Jack Johnson tallied three assists and Michal Handzus scored two goals and contributed an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in front of a standing room only crowd of 18.264 jubilant fans
at Staples Center on April 19.

The win gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals series with Game 4 scheduled for April 21 at Staples Center (7:00 PM PDT).

The Canucks took an early lead when Mason Raymond scored his first goal of the playoffs at 2:06 of the first period, capitalizing on a blown coverage by Kings defenseman Peter Harrold and on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick allowing a pass to go across the top of his goal crease.

But outside of that goal, the Canucks appeared to be more interested in punishing the Kings physically, at the expense of playing the game. Indeed, they put several big hits on the Kings, including forwards Richard Clune and Ryan Smyth. Read more of this post

Cloutier Shines In 2-1 Overtime Loss To Canucks

LOS ANGELES — Prior to Monday night’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings, news out of the Kings’ practice facility was that goaltender Dan Cloutier would get the start in goal.

Once that news came out, if you listened carefully enough, you could probably hear a collective groan from Kings fans across the region.

Seriously speaking, Cloutier has been anything but good for the Kings since his arrival in Los Angeles last season. In fact, the term “sieve,” would probably be considered too positive a description by some.

But you wouldn’t know it on Monday night, when Cloutier made 38 saves and almost single-handedly kept his team in the game. But in the end, the Canucks escaped Staples Center with a 2-1 overtime victory in front of an announced crowd of 14,653 fans. Read more of this post