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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LA Kings Tanner Pearson Is Looking For Chemistry and Consistency Right Off The Bat

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — January 10, 2015 marked the start of the second half of the 2014-15 National Hockey League season for the Los Angeles Kings, proved to be a huge, dark cloud that would hang over the remainder of their season with the loss of then-rookie left wing Tanner Pearson.

That night, the Kings skated against the Winnipeg Jets, suffering a 5-4 shootout loss, but more significantly, Pearson slammed into the end boards, feet first, breaking his left leg.

To that point in the season, Pearson was still in the conversation for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, having scored twelve goals and adding 14 assists, with 14 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 42 games.

Head coach Darryl Sutter indicated that Pearson was on the verge of returning to the lineup when the Kings’ 2014-15 season ended rather unceremoniously last April, as they missed the playoffs.

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2015 LA Kings Draft Preview

LOS ANGELES — In the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, the Kings had the final selection (30th overall). In 2014, they had the 29th overall pick, one ahead of the New Jersey Devils, who were moved behind all the other NHL teams in the first round as punishment for signing forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a contract that circumvented the league’s salary cap rules.

Getting stuck with the last pick in the first round of the draft (or 29th in 2014) was the “price” the Kings paid for winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Williams, Kopitar, Stoll, Regehr, Pearson, Sutter Interviews, 4/1/15

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a spirited practice, their first at home after coming off a five-game road trip, the Los Angeles Kings shifted their focus solely to their next opponent, the Edmonton Oilers, who they host on April 2 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

After practice, a usually large number of players took time to speak with the media, along with head coach Darryl Sutter.

Some of the topics covered in the video interviews with Justin Williams, Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll, Robyn Regehr, Tanner Pearson and Sutter (see below) include:

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LA Kings Dean Lombardi On Tanner Pearson, The Best Way To Improve and…Sleeping?

AUDIO: Includes audio of the media conference call with Dean Lombardi on February 25.


Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi speaks to the media, if he has the time, he’ll provide chapter and verse about his actions, his plans, and just about anything else under the sun related to the Kings, the National Hockey League, and sometimes, non-hockey-related topics.

During a media conference call on February 25 in which the main topic was the trade in which the Kings acquired veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes (click here for related story), Lombardi also discussed several other subjects.

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