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from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Just when you're ready to believe that maybe the Blues have passed the rival Kings, Los Angeles sends a stark reminder that it remains big brother in that rivalry.
The Kings got two goals from Trevor Lewis and a strong performance from Jonathan Quick, sending a message with a 4-1 win that there's room for growth in St. Louis.
After the game, goalie Jaroslav Halak took the blame for the loss after misplaying a puck in the corner that led to a Kings short-handed goal, but even without that misstep the Kings were better team. The Blues can't hang their heads for long though, because the powerhouse Ducks are coming to town and will be ready to pounce on any mistake the Blues make.
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17:36 Los Angeles Jake Muzzin: 2 minutes, roughing
17:36 St. Louis Vladimir Tarasenko: 2 minutes, roughing
Then with 6 seconds left in the game, Chris Stewart wanted some revenge...
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
At the end of a bitter bad-blood battle, the Kings would claim a 1-0 victory, but this wasn’t about the points or the fact the Kings have four regular-season wins over the Canucks for the first time in 23 years. It was about making a point and maintaining a resilient collective mindset that Tortorella has been drilling into his troops.
“I thought we did a real good job as far as deciding that’s our ice also,” said Tortorella. “It’s been a minus in our game. We got squat for points but we crossed a couple of bridges in what needs to be done.”
... How Sestito wound up with two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting, 10 minutes for instigating and a game misconduct had the Canucks scratching their heads.
more on the game
Half way in the 3rd period, Dale Weise with a tex- book slew-foot on Drew Doughty which was missed by the refs...
Watch it below....
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On the comment by Mike Gillis that “It’s not a surprise when players run the goalie, the goalie is going to get hurt”:
Well, good for Mike Gillis to say that…Quite honest, if you just asked about Jonathan Quick, how Jonathan Quick looked in video? Roberto Luongo looked great in video, too. Played a hell of a game. That goal, [that] shot was on a rebound that came right here. The player was going to the net, shot it into the net, tried to go over Roberto Luongo. That’s wonderful that they would quote that. Quite honest, that’s [road apples]. It is. It’s [road apples]. Don’t get me going on it.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings have assigned goaltender Martin Jones to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Jones, 23, made his NHL debut on December 3 versus Anaheim and stopped 26 shots for his first victory. He followed that performance with consecutive shutouts on December 7 against the New York Islanders (16 saves) and December 10 versus the Montreal Canadiens (31 saves). In total, Jones won his first eight NHL games/starts and is the second goaltender in League history to win his first eight games (Bob Froese of the 1982-83 Flyers) and the first netminder to start and allow two or fewer goals in each of his first eight games since 1938-39 (Frank Brimsek/12-game streak).
Overall Jones is 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average, a .950 save percentage and three shutouts in 11 appearances this season. With the Monarchs this season he is 9-2-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
The New York Rangers have added toughness, acquiring Daniel Carcillo from the Los Angeles Kings.
The Rangers surrender a seventh-round draft pick to acquire the 28-year-old forward.
In 26 games with the Kings in 2013-14, Carcillo has scored one goal and one assist, adding 57 penalty minutes.
from Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter,
The NHL has never played a regular season outdoor game west of the Mississippi river, but the league will be front and center in Los Angeles when it partners with NBC Sports to take hockey to Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.
"What a perfect combination: the Hollywood stars, the hockey stars, under the stars. It is the perfect hat trick," NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood told The Hollywood Reporter about the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks regular season game....
But Flood, a former college hockey captain at Williams before becoming a TV hockey powerbroker, said mixing NHL brawn with Hollywood beauty promises an event more than a league game. "[Los Angeles] is celebrity. That is the scene. That is a place you want to be seen," Flood insisted.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Though the plan for Jonathan Quick to travel with the Manchester Monarchs this weekend was dashed by winter storms that delayed and canceled flights throughout the eastern part of the country, the Kings goaltender is ready to participate in live game action and appears to be nearing his return to the active lineup. The 27-year-old suffered a Grade 2 groin strain in overtime of a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on November 12.
“I feel good. I think the next step is to get some game action. I think that’d be the next step. So it’s up to the coaches, trainers to decide when they want me to take that step,” Quick said following the team’s practice at Toyota Sports Center on Friday.
The refs called it a good goal and the situation room confimed the call.
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