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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Andreoff, Doughty, Carter, Sutter After 4-3 OT Win Over Nashville

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Andy Andreoff netted his first goal of the season, and Jeff Carter scored in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon.

With their victory over the top team in the Western Conference, the Kings extended their winning streak to seven games.

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LA Kings D Brayden McNabb Has Re-Discovered His Identity

Defenseman Brayden McNabb (right) shown here during a practice drill with forward Tyler Toffoli (center) and goaltender Jonathan Quick (left) on October 11, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Brayden McNabb began the 2015-16 National Hockey League season in street clothes, rather than on the bench with his teammates, in the Los Angeles Kings’ first game of the season on October 7 against the San Jose Sharks.

The reason? A sub-par training camp, one in which Kings coaches were rather critical of his performance.

“I think, in training camp, I got caught trying to perfect things,” said the 24-year-old native of Davidson, Saskatchewan. “I just wasn’t playing my game. It was kind of a wake-up call, not playing in the first game. It’s not fun. You always want to play. It’s frustrating, but at the same time, you want to be a good teammate. You hope the team wins, and that everything goes well. But you want to do everything you can to get yourself back in the lineup.”

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Much More Is Needed, Expected From LA Kings’ Leaders, Top Players

AUDIO: Includes audio of interviews with Drew Doughty, Kyle Clifford and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (right) receives instruction from associate head coach John Stevens (left).
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On Wednesday morning, extending slightly into the afternoon hours, the Los Angeles Kings held a high-energy, intense practice as they look to avoid starting the season 0-4, which would set a new team record.

Although one couldn’t tell what was on the minds of the players and coaches while they were on the ice, they know that their leaders, their best players, have not gotten the job done at all in their first three games.

“I think the play of our top players [has been sub-par],” said one of those players, defenseman Drew Doughty, who was including himself in his criticism. “[These are] guys you count on to lead you, in terms of offense. Our leaders aren’t playing good enough hockey, and I think that’s pretty obvious to a lot of people.”

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LA Kings D Jake Muzzin Looking To Reach New Levels In 2015-16

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On Day 4 of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2015 Training Camp, things were a bit less hectic and more focused, with their first pre-season game of the 2015-16 season on tap for tonight in Bakersfield, California against the Arizona Coyotes.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, otherwise known as the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, defenseman Jake Muzzin mused about last season and what’s ahead for him, and the team, this year.

While most of his teammates were idled after the 2014-15 National Hockey League season ended for the Kings on April 11, 2015, Muzzin headed for the Czech Republic to represent Canada in the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

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LA Kings 2015 Training Camp, Day 1: Turning Failure Into Success and Doughty’s Six-Pack Abs

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (foreground), fights off forward Milan Lucic during a drill on the first day of the team’s 2015 Training Camp on
September 18, 2015 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — National Hockey League teams hit the ice for the first time during their 2015 training camps on Friday, but for the Los Angeles Kings, remnants of a bitter aftertaste remain after they missed the playoffs last season, just one year after they won their second Stanley Cup Championship in 2014..

With their 2014-15 season ending on April 11, 2015, it has been a long, drawn out five months for the team to reflect on what went so very wrong. Despite that, thoughts turned quickly to learning from their mistakes, and how to move forward and build success from failure.

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