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NEW YORK (May 6, 2013) – The 2012 Stanley Cup® champion Los Angeles Kings will play host to the Anaheim Ducks in a regular-season NHL® game outdoors at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League announced today
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So now, here we are in 2013 and, two games in, it has been a complete reversal of fortune for all the Kings men. All the games that they found a way to win last year, they found a way to lose against the Blues.
In the opener, a turnover by Quick led to a shorthanded unassisted goal by the Blues’ Alex Steen and 1-0 series lead for St. Louis.
In the second game, they were nursing a 1-0 lead, only to give up the tying goal to Patrick Berglund early in the third period. Just as the game looked as if it were heading to overtime for a second consecutive time, defenceman Barrrett Jackman stepped up on the play and blasted a slap shot past Quick’s glove hand that he couldn’t handle. This is the same Barrett Jackman that had 20 goals in 598 career games heading into this season and managed just three more in the lockout shortened 48; the same Barrett Jackman that had one goal last year and zero the year before.
Can somebody say Bryce Salvador?
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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Quick was good enough. He stopped 23 shots and, before Jackman's effort, yielded only a goal that caromed off Patrik Berglund's foot at 3:44 of the third period.
The Kings' offense, though, wasn't nearly adequate. The Kings have scored two goals on Brian Elliott in two games: one after Quick was pulled for an extra skater in Game 1, and on Thursday a deflection by Dustin Brown of a Mike Richards shot at 9:55 of the first period during a five-on-three advantage.
"We haven't scored a five-on-five goal in almost seven periods," said Coach Darryl Sutter, who reunited the Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams line in a vain search for more scoring.
"It doesn't matter how you translate it. You're not going to win any games if you don't score five on five."
Did Doughty get his stick on the puck to change the angle?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"I don’t know if we’ve done that, but keep the people at the TV networks happy, I guess," Blues captain David Backes said with a shrug after the morning skate Thursday.
"Whatever it is, it is. [The Kings] are playing at the same time."
Anze Kopitar was scratching his head but couldn’t remember ever playing this late.
"I’ve never played an 8:30 game," the Kings star center said after his team’s noon CT skate.
"It’s different, for sure," added Kings veteran Jarret Stoll. "I don’t want to sleep too long today, or else I’ll get groggy. I’ll just hang out and stretch, I guess."...
"It better not get to overtime or I’m going to be asleep on the bench," said Hitchcock after his team’s 11 a.m. skate. "The gap from now to 8:30, I don’t know, there better be some good games on at 6 p.m. [7 p.m. ET] when we’re sitting in the office twiddling our thumbs. It’s a long, long day. I’ve never seen anything like this. This will be interesting."
A shorthanded goal and a terrible turnover by Quick, not much else to say.
Went off for a few minutes and now is back.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
For Robyn Regehr, it’s felt like eternity.
For Jay Bouwmeester, well, it almost has been.
On Tuesday night, the former Calgary Flames teammates will skate on opposite sides and cherish the chance at playoff hockey when the St. Louis Blues host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
"It feels like forever. It really does," Regehr, 33, said Monday after practice with his Kings.
"I'm really looking forward to it. You grind it out in the regular season and this is the reward. I really enjoy playoff hockey and looking forward to being part of it again."
The KK reader who sent this to me captioned it as "Coach Sutter Gives Red Wings the Stinkeye".
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