Was LA Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter Messin’ With The Media?

INJURY UPDATE/VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Story also includes updates on the injury status of Matt Greene and Trevor Lewis, along with video interviews with Greene, Lewis, Martin Jones, Ben Scrivens, Darryl Sutter, and a fascinating, don’t miss interview with goaltending coach Bill Ranford.


LA Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones,
shown here during a recent practice.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Goalie Gate, as one member of the local media has dubbed it, took a another twist after the Los Angeles Kings wrapped up their practice on December 8.

To review, goaltender Ben Scrivens led the team onto the ice for warm-ups, and because tradition dictates that the starting goaltender lead the team onto the ice, that “confirmed” that he would start against the New York Islanders at Staples Center on December 7.

But rookie Martin Jones got the call instead, starting his second consecutive game—the first two games of his National Hockey League career—earning a 3-0 shutout victory.

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LA Kings Rookie Goalie Martin Jones Passes First NHL Test With Flying Colors

LA Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones
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ANAHEIM AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After earning his first National Hockey League win in his NHL debut, a 3-2 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center in Anaheim on December 3, rookie goaltender Martin Jones remained the center of attention in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room after practice on December 5.

Jones spoke with the local media in greater detail about his first NHL game.

“It feels good, for sure,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure that I made the saves that I needed to, and give the guys a chance to win, because we’ve got a great team in here. They played real hard tonight. All I had to do was give them a chance.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews with Greene, Jones, Kopitar And More After December 5 Practice

LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings practice on December 5 was a full practice after a day off, following their 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on December 3..

Frozen Royalty recorded video interviews after practice with center Anze Kopitar, defensemen Matt Greene and Jeff Schultz, goaltender Martin Jones, and head coach Darryl Sutter.

You watch them below…

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Frozen Royalty Video: King, Jones Lead LA Kings To 3-2 Shootout Win At Anaheim

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (right) congratulates goalie Martin Jones on his first National Hockey League win, a 3-2 shootout win at Anaheim on December 3, 2013.
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the Los Angeles Kings

ANAHEIM, CA — Dwight King scored the lone goal in a nine-round shootout, and Martin Jones made his National Hockey League debut in goal—both led the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim on December 3.

Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown scored goals for the Kings, while Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry scored for Anaheim.

Jonas Hiller was outstanding in goal for the Ducks, making 49 saves, while Jones stopped 26 shots for the Kings.

Jones and Kings head coach Darryl Sutter spoke to the media after the game, and you can watch videos of those media scrum interviews below.

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Losing Scrambly Play Has Helped Ben Scrivens Shine In Goal For LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings superstar goaltender Jonathan Quick went down with what appeared to be a groin injury at Buffalo on November 12, and again, a couple of days later when it was learned he had suffered a grade two groin strain, and would be out at least four to six weeks, grave concerns arose regarding how the team would fare without him.

But backup netminder Ben Scrivens shocked just about everyone by beating each of the three teams in the New York metropolitan area, the New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils, and the New York Rangers.

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