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The LA Kings Surprise The Edmonton Oilers

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“Arguably, we’re going against the best 1-2 punch,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said Monday morning.

As it turned out, the Kings administered the knockout punch to the Oilers. McDavid and Draisaitl each scored a goal but the Kings turned their apparent disadvantage into a strength, emerging with a 4-3 victory that deflated the spirits of the previously jubilant sellout crowd at Rogers Place.

“That was a big identity game,” said Phillip Danault, who deflected Sean Durzi’s long shot past Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith with five minutes and 14 seconds left in the third period. “We showed the character we got. They came back in the game but we stuck with it.”

The Kings entered this series as underdogs. They don’t care. “We believe in our group, our leadership,” said Thousand Oaks native Trevor Moore, who had a goal and two assists. Asked if that meant they believe they can prevail over the Oilers, he replied, “We can win the series, yes.”

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Video- Dustin Brown Leaves The Ice In His Last Regular Season Game

Brown will hold a press conference today at 2:30pm ET to announce he is retiring after the season ends.

 

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Jonathan Quick.  The Kings did win 4-2.

 

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Drew Doughty Had Wrist Surgery Today

via the LA Kings PR department,

LA Kings defenseman and alternate captain Drew Doughty underwent successful wrist surgery today (April 11) and will not return this season. Doughty sustained the injury during a game on March 7 at Boston and has missed the last 16 games (Since March 10).

Doughty will begin his rehabilitation process immediately and is expected to be fully recovered for next season.

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Time For The LA Kings To Buy

from Jim Alexander of the LA Daily News,

The Kings have been sneaking up on all of us. The rebuild is over. And now it is time for them to take the next step.

The NHL’s trade deadline is less than two weeks away, on March 21. The Kings have put themselves in an enviable position, with eight wins in their past 10 games, three of four on the last road trip, and a .692 pace since Jan. 1 that has put them in second place in the Pacific Division, seven points clear of fourth place and comfortably in playoff position at 32-19-7.

That next milestone is when General Manager Rob Blake needs to be bold, use the assets at his disposal and make a big move that not only will be a statement now but will resonate in seasons to come. (And, shall we say, one that will be appropriate for a Los Angeles team.)

The type of move, in other words, that predecessor Dean Lombardi made a decade or so ago to turn an improving team into a champion. Remember? Dustin Penner for Colten Teubert and a couple of picks. Mike Richards for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson. And, later, Martin Gaborik for Matt Frattin and a couple of picks.

Yeah, that kind of deal.

It’s out there. There are more than 300 players who could be unrestricted free agents after this season ends, and the top of that list includes such names as Evgeni Malkin, Johnny Gaudreau, Joe Pavelski … and Filip Forsberg, a 27-goal scorer already this year for Nashville and strongly rumored to be on the move if the Predators can’t sign him before the deadline.

Arizona defenseman Jakob Chychrun is likewise a strong possibility to be dealt away, and the Kings are said to be strongly interested.

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Drew Doughty Will Hit 1000 Games Played Tonight

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 27, 2022) – LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will play in his 1,000th regular-season game tonight at UBS Arena against the New York Islanders. He will become the 359th player in NHL history to reach the league-recognized milestone.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Doughty will be the 12th player to skate in at least 1,000 games with one franchise and miss fewer than 40 games from his first to his 1,000th. He will be just the fifth player in franchise history to appear in 1,000 NHL games with the team and the 24th player to accomplish the feat in a Kings uniform. He also will be the 58th player to have played for the Kings to reach the milestone.

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Marc Bergevin Joins The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 9, 2022) – The LA Kings announced today that Marc Bergevin has joined the organization in a consulting capacity as Senior Advisor to the General Manager.

“Marc brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our hockey operations staff and will be a valuable addition to our group,” said Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. “We look forward to his contributions.”

Entering the 2021-22 season, Bergevin was in his 10th year as General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons as an executive in the Chicago Blackhawks organization, including Assistant General Manager in 2011-12.

“I’ve enjoyed my time away, but I’m excited to join the LA Kings and become an active part of helping the team reach its objectives,” said Bergevin. “I have a great amount of respect for Luc (Robitaille), Rob, and the staff they have in place and it’s an honor to provide my input to this highly-regarded group.”

Bergevin enjoyed a 20-season career as a defenseman, collecting 181 points (36-145=181) in 1,191 regular-season games with the Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Hartford Whalers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks.

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Video- Alex Edler Out Long-Term

 

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Video- Brendan Lemieux Suspended Five Games

Biting.

 

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Video- Did Brendan Lemieux Bite Brady Tkachuk?

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Brady Tkachuk and Brendan Lemieux got into a tussle and fell to the ground, and Lemieux appeared to bite Tkachuk.

 

 

added 10:35pm, below, Tkachuk on the bite.

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