The Los Angeles Kings found the net eight times in 29 shots to dominate the Vancouver Canucks by five goals last night at the Staples Center. Alexander Frolov, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown contributed in the first block to give LA the initial 3-0 lead. Brown supplied the assist to Frolov 5:26 into the contest to add to his hat trick and career-high 4-point performance. “It was a huge statement game for us,” said Brown. “They’re a possible playoff opponent for us, and at this point of the year, it’s great. They’ve had our number all year, but we kept the game out of reach for them from the first period on.”
The Kings have now won two straight after their recent four-game skid to put themselves back in a good spot for postseason play. “We’re starting to talk about it,” said Kings coach Terry Murray. “It’s not there ’til it’s there, but it’s getting closer. I’m important that we keep the focus out there, but it’s starting to come around again. Everybody is hungry for the playoffs.” They will next matchup with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, April 3rd and Tuesday, April 6th. Other teams left on the regular season schedule include Phoenix, Edmonton and Colorado. Los Angeles Kings tickets are now available!
Tomas Kopecky produced the only two goals in the third period to solidify the 3-0 Blackhawks victory over the Kings yesterday in Los Angeles. Chicago goalie Antti Niemi was stellar through the entire contest, blanking LA’s lineup in the process of adding 17 saves to his own stat line. “We knew they have a good team and we focused on defense,” said Kopecky. “Everything starts with the defense.”
Troy Brouwer found the net halfway through the second block after both teams were shutout in the initial period. This marks the Blackhawks first win at the Staples Center since 2003. They also earned the regular season advantage against the Kings 3-1 with the recent W. Chicago is scheduled to take on the Phoenix Coyotes this Saturday as the Kings matchup against the New York Islanders.
The LA Kings produced four goals in the first period to dominate the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-0 yesterday at the Staples Center. Three of the six goals provided were scored during power play opportunities. Michal Handzua and Alexander Frolov found the net 40 seconds apart to gain the clear advantage near the end of the initial block.
Fredrik Modin kept it going early in the second before Brad Richardson scored the final goal, resulting in a 6-0 lead with 30+ minutes left. “If you want to have success on the power play, you have to shoot as often as you can. That’s what we tried to do tonight,” said Frolov. “The power play worked out great for us. We changed our mentality and put more pucks on the net. We knew we had to have a strong game tonight, especially from the beginning.”
The 25-30 Blue Jackets have now lost five in a row heading into tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings will look to earn their 40th win of the season vs the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday at the United Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings were tied at 1-1 heading into the third period last night at the United Center. The Hawks then came out strong for the next ten minutes, tacking on three more goals to solidify the win and coast from there. Chicago handled LA offensively with 10 shots on goal to their two in the final period.
John Madden started off the festivities, knocking in the initial goal just over a minute into the second period. Anze Kopitar answered for the Kings soon after to tie it up, which was then followed up by Troy Brouwer, Jonathan Toews, and Andrew Ebbett’s game changing scores in the third.
The biggest factor in last night’s contest was how teams responded to power play opportunities. The Kings were given the one-man advantage twice but failed to score each time. The Blackhawks from their three chances earned two goals. “I’ve always said the power play can win you a game and penalty killing can lose you a game. And tonight, it lost us a game,” said Kings coach Terry Murray. “The Blackhawks brought their work boots. They got a couple-goal lead and played prevent defense.”
Chicago is now set to host the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday at 8:30 PM. Blackhawks tickets are available now!
Marian Gaborik scored for insurance 4:22 into the third period as the New York Rangers went on to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 last night at the MSG. Gaborik’s sixth goal of the season left the game out of reach for LA, giving the Rangers their sixth consecutive victory.
“You just find a way to win when you’re not on – and we were not on,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “We were behind in every facet of the game but we still found a way to win. That’s a good sign.” Vaclav Prospal came up big for New York scoring two power play goals in the first period. Henrik Lundqvist contained the Kings all night with 34 saves. New York is scheduled to play the Toronto Maple Leafs this Saturday at 7:00 PM.
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Recap – When it comes to the NHL there are some good teams, and some bad teams. The LA Kings are a bad team, a really, really bad team. Through 50 games, LA has only accrued 19 wins and 40 total points. Those are the lowest totals in the entire NHL. Defense is not the team’s strongpoint, not that they have a strongpoint, but they have allowed 168 goals which is the 2nd highest in the league. The Gretzky days are only a distant memory now and attendance is at an all time low. This franchise is in serious trouble and the ownership needs to decide if they really want to stay in LA for much longer.
2nd Half – Even a miracle would not give this team a playoff birth. The Kinds used 4 goaltenders in the first half of the season and none were effective. At 23 years old, left-wingman Dustin Brown has a bright future ahead of him and right now he’s merely playing for his next contract. With 24 goals and 15 assists, someone will save him from his misery in LA.
Team Name: Los Angeles Kings (19-29-2)
Pacific Division Standing: 5th place
Conference Standing: 15th place
Final Predictions – 5th in Pacific Division, 15th in Western Conference
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