LA Kings Must Solve San Jose Forecheck If They Expect To Win Game 5

LA Kings center Vincent Lecavalier
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On the eve Game 5 of their best-of-seven first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings, who trail the Sharks in the series, 3-1, opted for video sessions to review their game plan and off-ice workouts, aside from a handful of players who chose to skate.

“We went over some special teams from [Game 4 on April 20 in San Jose], checked on some injuries, and guys got a little workout upstairs,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “The guys who wanted to go on [the ice, went] on.”

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LA Kings Have Lots To Fix In Short Amount of Time Before Game 3 vs. San Jose

LA Kings forward Marian Gaborik
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — That the Los Angeles Kings are off to a dreadful start to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs is not just surprising, but you could say that it is also understating the situation.

Sure, one could argue that they overcame greater odds in 2014 when they came all the way back from a 3-0 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks to win their first round playoff series, 4-3.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Gaborik, Ehrhoff After LA Kings 3-2 OT Win Over Chicago

LOS ANGELES — After spotting the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks a 2-0 lead, Jeff Carter scored early in the third period, Marian Gaborik tied the game late in the third period, and then Gaborik scored the overtime game-winner on a breakaway to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Gaborik, Pearson, Shore After 4-3 Win Over Edmonton

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, shown here during a recent practice
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Pearson scored a goal and tallied two assists, Marian Gaborik scored a goal and added an assist, and both Milan Lucic and Nick Shore scored a goal each, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center on Saturday night.

Despite the four-goal outburst and the multi-point games by Pearson and the slumping Gaborik, the Kings sagged for a portion of the first period, most of the second period, and in spots during the third period, breathing life into the Oilers, who tied the game at 15:10 of the third period on a goal by Taylor Hall.

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Struggling Gaborik Talks “Dirty Areas,” Ugly Goals

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here during media day for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 3, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a dreadful 0-3 start to the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, the Los Angeles Kings are in the midst of a six-game winning streak, relying heavily on goaltender Jonathan Quick, who played in five of the six games, recording some eye-popping numbers: an 0.99 goals-against average, a .965 save percentage, and one shutout.

Meanwhile, the offense has picked up, sort of…more on that later. Indeed, the Kings have averaged 3.00 goals per game during their current winning streak.

That’s the good news.

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