2014 Archive Stories Kings

Line of last resort leads Kings to victory

Sat Dec 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It sounds like the plot to a goofy buddy movie. Take three wayward superstars, put them together with a puck and, presto, on-ice magic. At least that’s how it’s worked for the Kings this week. It’s not a major stretch to say that uniting Jeff Carter, Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar on a line was a la

Loss of Regehr to stretch Kings' defense further

Fri Dec 19, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Things certainly haven’t been staid for the Kings’ defense over the past three months. The six defensemen the Kings hoped to play together this season have yet to play a single game together, for various reasons, and it’s not likely to happen any time soon, if at all. The latest twist came Thu

Kings dig out of early hole to beat Blues

Thu Dec 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Don’t call it a comeback. Call it two. Embarrassed two nights earlier, when they coughed up a third-period lead and allowed four consecutive goals, the Kings sat in a three-goal hole before the end of the first period Thursday night, but didn’t go away.

Carter's scoring drought for Kings reaches a month

Wed Dec 17, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – It seems as though Kings coach Darryl Sutter has a naughty-or-nice list, and there’s no debate as to which side of the ledger Jeff Carter has fallen. “He hasn’t scored a goal since a month ago tomorrow,” Sutter said Wednesday. “I have it all marked down.” With that, Sutter pu

Mumps makes big impact on NHL

Wed Dec 17, 2014

Last week the Pittsburgh Penguins posted pictures on their website of several players in Santa Claus hats visiting patients at a local children’s hospital. That heartwarming scene turned into a bad visual for the NHL when one of those players, forward Beau Bennett, became the latest player believed to have mumps in an outbreak that

Mumps took a toll on Ducks, while Kings have been unaffected

Wed Dec 17, 2014

The Ducks were among the first teams to have players officially diagnosed with mumps, and among the most affected as star goal scorer Corey Perry, defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Clayton Stoner and winger Emerson Etem all contracted the virus. To this point, there have been no other cases involving members of the team or the organizat

Kings come apart in third period, fall to Blues

Tue Dec 16, 2014

A trip full of anxiety for the Kings ended in perhaps the most appropriate, frustrating way. Often pleased with their play of late – if not the results – the Kings held a two-goal lead Tuesday, then suffered a complete third-period collapse in a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Kings took the i

Judge: Kings' Voynov to be tried on felony domestic violence charge

Mon Dec 15, 2014

TORRANCE – After detailed police testimony about alleged punching, kicking and choking, a judge ruled Monday that Kings defenseman Slava Voynov must stand trial on a domestic violence charge. Voynov, 24, faces one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury and, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of nine

Judge orders Kings' Voynov to stand trial on count of spousal abuse

Mon Dec 15, 2014

TORRANCE - Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was ordered to stand trial on a felony count of spousal abuse by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge late Monday morning. Voynov faces a count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury and, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. Voynov, a Russian citizen,

Kings fall to Maple Leafs in shootout

Sun Dec 14, 2014

There’s no exchange rate on frustration. It’s been just as high for the Kings in Canada as anywhere. Normally a low-octane offensive team, the Kings have recorded shot attempts by the dozens on this trip, but that has translated only to a slow but steady slide down the Western Conference standings. The Kings rallied f

Canadiens strike back at Jones, Kings

Fri Dec 12, 2014

One year later, the Montreal Canadiens got revenge on the Kings and goalie Martin Jones. The Kings dominated the first period Friday but literally couldn’t stay out of their own way, faced a three-goal deficit after less than 24 minutes and lost to the Canadiens 6-2 at Bell Centre. Last Dec. 10, the Kings stomped the Canadi

Kopitar's timely goal lifts Kings

Thu Dec 11, 2014

Just when the Kings seemed on the verge of a third-period meltdown Thursday, Anze Kopitar awakened. Kopitar hadn’t scored in his previous 10 games, but his smart, coldly efficient play early in the third period resulted in a power-play goal that helped lift the Kings to a 5-3 victory over Ottawa at Canadian Tire Center. It&

Kings doing things well, except scoring

Wed Dec 10, 2014

They’re called “fancy stats,” although the concept is fairly plain. The newest trend in hockey is to track shooting and possession statistics in order to track a team’s effectiveness. They’re often quite revealing. Then there’s the Kings. In their past two games, they’ve passed the eyeball test b

Kings' futility in Buffalo continues

Tue Dec 09, 2014

Over the past decade, the Kings have reached great heights. They’ve transformed a struggling franchise into a two-time Stanley Cup champion. Yet they still can’t win in Buffalo. The Kings returned winger Marian Gaborik to the lineup and reunited two previously high-scoring lines, but couldn’t solve one of the NHL’

Simmonds nets game winner as Flyers top the Kings

Sat Dec 06, 2014

LOS ANGELES – No one involved with the Kings will ever rue the team’s 2011 trade with Philadelphia. It led, either directly or coincidentally, to two Stanley Cup championships in the next three seasons. The trade did send Wayne Simmonds out of town, though, and Simmonds hasn’t gone away quietly. In his second re

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