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The Los Angeles Kings Know They Are Only Halfway Home

from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register,

Kings coach Darryl Sutter, noted hockey sage, once broke down a best-of-7 playoff series this way: “You don’t get nothing for three.” Wins, that is, and in a technical sense, he’s correct.

The fourth victory is all that matters – just ask the San Jose Sharks – but under the proper circumstances, three can be soul-draining. Two years ago, on their way to the Stanley Cup, the Kings won the first three games of every series, including Games 1 and 2 on the road. Now they’re up to their old tricks.

The Kings lead the Ducks, 2-0, in this second-round series, going into Thursday’s Game 3 at Staples Center. Having won two tight games on the road, the Kings don’t want to cede any of the turf they won at Honda Center.

“We know how quickly a series can change,” defenseman Drew Doughty said Wednesday. “It just takes one moment sometimes. It could be a fight or a big goal or anything. So we’ve got to keep our foot on the gas pedal. We can’t let them back in the series.”

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Drew Doughty- The Los Angeles ‘Dodger’

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

"I'm the first to dodge hits," the Los Angeles Kings' most indispensable skater said Wednesday, when the topic of being targeted by the opposition was raised.

"I'm not going to take a hit for no reason. If it's taking a hit to make a play, I'm going to do that, but if I can make the play and then dodge the hit, I'm going to do it every time. I really don't care what anyone says about that."

It's no news to the 24-year-old defenceman that the Anaheim Ducks, who trail their playoff series 2-0 with Game 3 Thursday night at Staples Center, figure their best chance of reversing the tide is to keep pounding away at Doughty, and Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick, in the belief that the punishment will eventually take its toll.

For that reason alone, the extra day off between games was especially welcome for the Kings, whose defensive corps is down a couple of bodies, with veterans Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr both out. Doughty has played just a hair under 60 minutes of the first two games.

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The Ducks Need To Figure Out Quick

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register at the Los Angeles Register,

“They’re getting the types of goals on us in this series that we got on them in the regular season,” Andrew Cogliano said. “Like on that goal, we had two chances to get it out, and it winds up in our net. And then they score on the first shift, which shouldn’t happen. But it seems like the roles have been reversed.”

“No matter how hard you’re trying to get it deep in the forecheck, they know how to close the door,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.

The Ducks are now left with two days between games, and perhaps they will use a water gun, like the ear doctor uses, to get Quick out of their heads. Cogliano picked a puck from Doughty and had a close-in chance and backhanded it against his skate, and then had another shot at it and couldn’t find the net.

It seemed as if Cogliano had built a theory for beating Quick, postgame. Whether he can breathe life into that blueprint is not that clear.

“He just comes out and challenges you,” Cogliano said. “Hopefully you can get it behind him, maybe give him a fake, but he’s so aggressive that if you don’t show some puck-savvy and some patience, you’re not going to score.

“He puts everything on you. If you make a good play you’ll beat him, but if you don’t, he’ll beat you every time.”

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added 8:41am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

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Video- Corey Perry Being Corey Perry

Ah yes, Corey Perry... The first video was shown last night but happened in game 1...

 

 

Last night, Jonathan Quick welcomed Perry to his crease...

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Injured Defensemen May Be A Concern For The Kings

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"Not going to go anywhere with Regehr or Mitchell," said Sutter. "It does me no good to talk about our injured players, just helps the other team."

What we do know is that Regehr and Mitchell are injured -- two-thirds of the left side of L.A.'s defensive corps -- two playoff-savvy veterans who are hard to replace. And that void represents the most obvious difference between this Kings team and the 2012 champs.

Amazingly, Los Angeles used the same six defensemen during their 20-game run to glory in 2012, avoiding a single injury and throwing out the same three pairs night after night. That's certainly not going to be the case this spring, which means the Kings have adversity to overcome if there's another deep playoff run in their near future.

"It's not so much that they've lost high, high-end defensemen, it's what they're putting in,'' an NHL head coach from a Western Conference team told ESPN.co Sunday. "Matt Greene is limited. And whether it's Jeff Schultz or Andrew Campbell going in, either way, they don't trust those guys as much. Where the biggest disadvantage comes for L.A. is that Anaheim will continue to play four lines. So over time it will be become taxing to the Kings' top guys.

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The Stressful LA Kings

from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register,

Instead of rally towels, perhaps the Kings should give blood-pressure pills to their fans.

This is an exciting but anxious time to follow the Kings, who led their fans to despair (a 3-0 first-round series deficit against San Jose), then joy (a historic comeback), then did it all over again Saturday night.

The Kings trailed in the waning moments of Game 1 against the Ducks, tied the game with seven seconds remaining in regulation then won it, 3-2, in overtime. Game 2 is Monday night at Honda Center, and the Kings are carving out their niche as the team that won’t go away, or do anything in an easy, simple fashion.

“We always find a way to make it difficult and then find a way to dig ourselves out,” captain Dustin Brown said. “I think that just reassures our belief system in each other.”

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Open Post- Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks

The freeway series begins tonight with the puck dropping just after 8:00pm ET.

You can watch the game on NBCSN, TSN or RDS.

I like the Kings winning game one, what about you?

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Ducks/Kings- More Than Just A Series

from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register,

Their first playoff series, which starts Saturday, is expected to draw a high level of media interest, and if hockey is ever to (permanently) rise above the level of niche sport in this area, now is the time. Could this turn into the golden age of hockey in Southern California?

“You’d have to be under a rock not to hear about this series in some fashion,” said David Carter, the executive director of USC’s Sports Business Institute and a longtime local sports marketing analyst. “These teams have a unique opportunity now, because of the circumstances of the market.”

The climate seems right for the sport to bloom here. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007, followed by the Kings in 2012. The Olympics in 2010 and 2014 drew huge television ratings. More than 50,000 fans crammed into Dodger Stadium to watch the Ducks and Kings play an outdoor game in January.

Casual fans, and even non-fans, are being exposed to major hockey events at a more frequent rate than ever before. The question is, how much “stickiness” is there when it comes to these high-profile events?

Those people who catch five minutes of a Kings-Ducks game on TV, will they watch the rest of the series? Buy a jersey? Buy season tickets? Take their kids to a local rink for skating lessons? Or, as soon as football starts in the fall, will hockey return to being a passing fancy in their lives?

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Two Different Coaching Styles

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register and the Miami Herald,

He finished talking to the assembled media only after all questions had been exhausted.

Then he met one-on-one with a reporter for 10 minutes.

Then he met with another reporter for five more minutes.

Then he stopped again to briefly address two other reporters, before a third joined the conversation.

Then he answered three questions from a guy recording everything with a cell phone.

And then Bruce Boudreau left....

A short time later and about 30 miles away, Darryl Sutter was asked what's different about defenseman Jake Muzzin today compared to a year ago.

"Experience," Sutter said. And he added absolutely nothing more. Not even a discernible expression....

Gabby vs. Crabby.

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Afternoon Line

“Southern California has been waiting for this matchup for a very long time,it’s finally here. It’s going to be a tough series. Two tough teams with a lot of respect for each other, but, same hand, it’s a lot of competing.”

-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks on their second round series with the Los Angeles Kings.  More from Kyle Shohara of the Ducks' website.

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