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Three 'tings' for Lecavalier on the same shot...
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Carter will play at the Wells Fargo Center Monday for the first time since he was dealt to Columbus. He had a broken foot when the Blue Jackets played in Philadelphia during his partial season with the team, and he wasn’t with the Kings yet when they played here.
“It’s exciting,” Carter, minus his two front teeth from getting hit with a stick last season, said of his return. “We had six good years here; I obviously loved playing here and had a lot of fun. Just looking forward to getting out there tonight.”
Carter, who leads the Kings with 24 goals, said he didn’t expect a warm greeting from fans Monday.
“It seems like everybody that goes back to play against their old team gets booed, so that’s just the way it is,” he said. “It doesn’t really bother me; you just go out and play the game.”
Carter was upset when the Flyers traded him, but said time has healed the wounds.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
"When I went to Calgary in December, [Berube] was still on that team and then I didn't play him that much," said Sutter, the Kings' coach. "We talked about it right away. He was more like 'Whatever you want me to do. If you want me to play, I'll play. If you want me to coach, I'll coach.' That was his role already."
Sutter was proud of Berube when he was first elevated to head coach in Philadelphia in October after the Flyers started 0-3-0. Berube, for his part, has cited Sutter as a key influence.
The Flyers, who play the visiting Kings on Monday, are the talk of the NHL and happen to be on a stellar run, having won five straight games. They've lost two games in March, once in regulation and the other in overtime.
"You want them young guys to do good. Not just come in and be a one- or two-year [coach]," Sutter said. "That's the problem in the NHL, a lot of these guys are given, well, not given but they get these head coaching opportunities. And they want the contract. So instead of taking the right situation, they just take the job.
"…A head coach, you know the guys who are really strong bench coaches. You know the guys who are strong locker-room guys. You know those guys. There's only a handful of 'em."
Jonathan Quick robs Tomas Fleischmann with the glove hand.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Phoenix Coyotes' come-from-behind win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center Monday night was notable for a variety of reasons.
First, if you're a fan of the Coyotes or if you happened to pick them to win the Stanley Cup as some people (one person?) did, the 4-3 win pushed them back into the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, leapfrogging idle Dallas. The Coyotes have two more points but Dallas has two games in hand.
Coupled with Minnesota's loss in Boston, Phoenix pulled to within three points of the first wild card spot, though the Wild hold a game in hand.
The Kings trailed 2-0 early but came back to take a 3-2 lead after two periods, and the loss marked the first time this season they failed to win after leading through 40 minutes (20-1-0). In fact, the Kings are an amazing 126-2-11 when leading after two periods dating back to April 2009. Overall, the loss was the third in a row for a Kings team that had recently won eight in a row.
more topics including Custance on Tampa Bay and Strang on the St. Louis Blues...
Marian Gaborik was called for incidental contact (attention NHL, fix the referee microphone issue). The Kings lost 2-1 to the Ducks.
On an assertion that Brown’s performance last season was “par for the course”:
I’ll just tell you, it was a career year. It wasn’t ‘par for the course.’ He’s a 20-goal scorer. So 18 in 48 is what?…You couldn’t do it over the course of his career. He’s almost 30 years old. He’s a borderline 20-goal scorer. So if he scores 20 and plays the whole game…then you’ve got a player. Part of getting Marian Gaborik onto this [team], it sorts it out. It puts Brownie where he should be. It puts Carts in where he’s not being overloaded. That part of it. Don’t expect anything more out of Dustin Brown. It’s based on how you played last night and how you play tomorrow night in this league…When you don’t have a veteran team, you need your veterans. It’s not ‘captains.’ You need your veterans to be great examples for your group. Otherwise you’re going to have trouble with your ice time.
-LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter on Dustin Brown. More from Sutter after practice today by Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.
Los Angeles Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter post-game comments after being up 2-0 against Toronot but losing 3-2. The Kings had won 8 games in a row before last night.
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