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Our execution wasn’t very good. As you saw 5-on-5 we weren’t able to get a goal, and not only that, not enough quality chances and we’re not making it hard enough on them in the defensive zone. We’re not getting enough traffic, we’re not getting enough second-chance opportunities. We’ve got to start playing our game and right now we’re not playing our game at all. We’ve got to stop playing with frustration and start using our emotion in the right way because frustration is a waste of emotion and we’ve got to go out there with determination and start playing our game.
-Milan Lucic of the LA Kings after the 2-1 loss to the Sharks. More quotes from Lucic and other LA players by Lindsay Czarnecki at LA Kings Insider.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Any NHL player that finds himself in the fortunate situation of being up two-games-to-none in a playoff series will quickly declare that it’s far from over.
The Sharks that have been around for at least the past three seasons, like Joe Pavelski, certainly know that’s the case, and we don’t have to repeat the history here at this point.
“It means it’s a good start. That’s all it means,” Pavelski said.
Sharks coach Pete DeBoer quickly shot down any suggestion that he would have to guard against his club feeling overconfident after another hard-fought, one-goal win on Saturday night, 2-1 over the Kings. The goals came from Pavelski and Logan Couture, and Martin Jones was strong in net.
“The core group, they’ve seen almost everything,” DeBoer said. “I don’t think overconfidence is going to be an issue. We’ve got a lot of respect for L.A. and we know they’re a long way from done.
“I also know that our group, we’ve still got other levels to get to, and I think we can even play better than we have.”
Below, watch the game highlights of the Sharks 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings...
added 7:56am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Brent Burns has been better than Drew Doughty. Martin Jones has had the upper hand on Jonathan Quick.
And Joe Pavelski, well, he's outplaying everyone.
Which leaves Anze Kopitar very much looking into the mirror for the answer to how his Los Angeles Kings are going to start digging out of a 2-0 series deficit to the San Jose Sharks.
"I definitely have to be better," Kopitar said Saturday night in a very quiet Kings dressing room after his team dropped a second straight game at Staples Center. "I take pride in leading the team. For me I know this is just not good enough. You got to bring it a lot better on Monday."
from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,
The Kings’ guns were blazing. Their armor was the problem.
They put up three goals and, at the end, had all the bullets they needed to win Game 1 against San Jose. Kyle Clifford missed a yawning yard of net. Tyler Toffoli had daylight and couldn’t cash in. Milan Lucic tried a difficult angle and came up empty.
But the Sharks, trying to shake their wait-till-next-year habits, answered everything the Kings mustered and hung on, through a minute-and-a-half of 5-on-6 hockey. They subdued the Kings, 4-3, to take a 1-0 lead, in a frenzied if imperfect hockey game that was nearly as loud and unlikely as that pageant we all watched here Tuesday night.
Game 1 began with the release of all the playoff energy the Kings hadn’t gotten to spend since Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, when Alec Martinez picked up a rebound and fired it past Henrik Lundqvist and made a sporting fortress tremble.
Milan Lucic played that first period like an outlaw walking into a saloon. Anze Kopitar stole a puck and put the events in motion that became a goal credited to Jake Muzzin, because he held the puck long enough for Martin Jones to collapse, and then bounced if off the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl.
Game highlights can be watched below...
The Dallas Stars And Los Angeles Kings Will Play A Preseason Game At The New T-Mobile Arena In Vegas
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club will play a preseason game in Las Vegas, Nevada at the new T-Mobile Arena on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 against the Los Angeles Kings as part of the club's 2016 preseason schedule. The Kings will be hosting their annual "Frozen Fury" exhibition in Las Vegas, playing the Stars on the 7th and the Colorado Avalanche on the 8th.
Ticket information for the game will be made available at a later date, as well as the remainder of the Stars preseason schedule. Fans are encouraged to register for free Stars Insider emails at DallasStars.com/Insider in order to be notified when tickets are made available for sale.
"We're thrilled to incorporate this trip to Las Vegas into our preseason schedule," said Stars President, CEO and Alternate Governor Jim Lites. "The new T-Mobile Arena is a beautiful facility and we're proud to take part in one of the first sporting events there."
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
It looked bad when the Kings winger suffered a sprained left knee Feb. 12 at Madison Square Garden. The Kings were hopeful that he would be available for the playoffs, but they weren't expecting it.
A month and half later, it doesn't look good. Gaborik skated "a little bit" on his own Wednesday, according to Coach Darryl Sutter, but that is one of several steps before he is cleared to join teammates for a full practice.
With six games remaining in the regular season, the clock is more of an opponent than an ally.
"There's no way a player, unless he can play regular-season games, I have no interest playing him in the playoffs," Sutter said after practice in El Segundo. "None. We did that before. If you look back … it's very difficult to put players in.
"As you go into March there's another whole level of play. There's a whole next part too [after that]."
from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,
ESPN.com: You eventually got a professional tryout with the Arizona Coyotes' AHL team in Portland. How difficult was it when that didn't work out?
Bissonnette: When I got cut, that feeling of depression came back instantly. I felt I needed to act now. I think my agent called a few other teams and could have got a PTO somewhere else for more money. I just called [Kings VP of hockey operations Mike] Futa and handled it myself. At that point, another $10,000-$15,000 meant nothing to me. I needed something now. [Kings general manager] Dean [Lombardi] said, 'Absolutely, just tell him to stay the f--- off Twitter.' I said, 'Deal.'
ESPN.com: No Twitter?
Bissonnette: This organization is not big on it. I don't want to ruffle feathers, especially after what they've done for me. They've given me a second lease on my career. I'll do whatever they want.
much more including recovering from depression...
Logan Couture has a sure goal taken away by Jonathan Quick.
The Sharks did win 5-2.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Deciding between Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson is like sitting in a great restaurant and trying to make a choice between the steak and the specialty, the catch of the day. There’s no real wrong decision here: What it comes down to, really, is preference for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman.
The easy votes and the votes too often made by the less educated will go to Karlsson, which is more a knock on the voters than it is on the Ottawa defenceman. Too often in recent years, the Norris has gone to the defenceman with the most points. That worked well when Bobby Orr was in a class by himself, but not so well when you consider Zdeno Chara has won the award the same number of times P.K. Subban has.
Not all defenceman are created equal. Rarely do two play the same kind of game, and too often much of what they do on the ice can’t be measured with any kind of statistics.
Karlsson is a brilliant offensive player on a particularly weak defensive team. He scores a lot and gets scored on a lot. Doughty’s numbers are nowhere near Karlsson’s, except he doesn’t get scored on often - only 48 times this season, and unlike Karlsson he plays significant penalty- kill minutes, which means he plays in all situations. The Los Angeles Kings are among the best teams in the NHL in both goals allowed and shots allowed (Ottawa is last in NHL in goals allowed and shots allowed).
My ballot will have Doughty ahead of Karlsson, and it’s been that way almost every season. The Senators are 2nd worst in penalty killing in the NHL and don’t employ Karlsson to try and change that. That’s a short synopsis of why I’ll take Doughty over Karlsson, this year and most years.
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On January 6th, 2016 , the Philadelphia Flyers traded Vincent Lecavalier for the first time in his 17 year career. It couldn’t have come at better time for the Kings 35 year old centre.
The Kings defeated the Oilers 6-4.
via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The goal that Carter scored mystified McLellan because Lucic clipped Brossoit’s pad and spun him to the ice. “I was told it was interference but I was told the goal-tender should have gotten up and made a different selection of save. Massive confusion on my behalf and I can be easily confused, but boy, oh boy,” said McLellan, trying not to roll his eyes.
The Edmonton broadcast view is below...
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