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LAKing
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posted October 13, 2010 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LAKing   Click Here to Email LAKing     Edit/Delete Message
Great start!

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posted October 20, 2010 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
Shit.


Kings’ Doughty leaves with upper-body injury

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—Defenseman Drew Doughty(notes) has left the Los Angeles Kings’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes because of an upper-body injury.

The Kings said the Norris Trophy finalist is unlikely to return Wednesday night.

Doughty apparently was hurt late in the first period, and he didn’t return to the bench in the second period.

The 20-year-old has just one assist in Los Angeles’ first five games. He had 16 goals and 43 assists last season, his second full NHL campaign.

Los Angeles and Carolina were tied 3-3 heading to the third period.

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posted October 25, 2010 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EthanRubidoux   Click Here to Email EthanRubidoux     Edit/Delete Message
LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Los Angeles Kings put star defenseman Drew Doughty(notes) on injured reserve Monday while he recovers from an apparent concussion.

The Norris Trophy finalist will miss his third straight game Monday night at Minnesota. Although Doughty would be eligible to play Thursday in Dallas, the Kings don’t expect him back before Saturday, when they return from a five-game road trip to host New Jersey.

The Kings also recalled defenseman Jake Muzzin(notes) from the minors. Muzzin began the season with Los Angeles, but went down to Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate in Manchester on Saturday when Matt Greene(notes) returned from offseason shoulder surgery.

The 20-year-old Doughty was hurt last Wednesday on a hit by Carolina’s Erik Cole(notes), who ran into him in the neutral zone well after Doughty passed the puck. The NHL declined to penalize Cole for the hit, ruling it occurred during normal play.

Doughty, who has one assist in five games this season, stayed behind in Los Angeles when the Kings left on their road trip last week. He skated at their training complex and had several tests of his symptoms, but still hasn’t been cleared to play.

Doughty had 16 goals and 43 assists last season, blossoming into an elite defenseman in just his second NHL season. He became the second-youngest nominee for the Norris Trophy in NHL history, only older than 19-year-old Bobby Orr in 1967.

The second overall pick in the 2008 draft also won a gold medal last February at the Vancouver Olympics as the youngest player on Canada’s roster.

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posted November 04, 2010 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LAKing   Click Here to Email LAKing     Edit/Delete Message
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Kings: From pretenders to contenders; the five-year plan
By Dan Arritt


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From left, Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson have a few of the keys to the Kings' hot start.

Dean Lombardi arrived in Los Angeles in the spring of 2006, taking over as president and general manger of the Kings and bringing with him an eye for talent and a track record of success.

He had his work cut out for him.

Right from the start, Lombardi spoke of a five-year plan that involved re-stocking the roster with young talent and bringing in veterans who could lead by example. Still, it was a painful renovation, as the Kings finished no better than fourth in the Pacific Division the next three seasons.

"It was tough coming in here," said defenseman Jack Johnson, who joined the Kings as a rookie in 2007. "You wanted to win every game and you ended up being the team that was expected to lose."

But the pain and sacrifices are paying off. The Kings qualified for the playoffs last season for the first time since 2002, and began this week with the best record in the NHL.

"The rebuilding part is over now," said Anze Kopitar, one of only two Kings who were on the team four years ago. "Everything is clicking for us."

The overhaul arrived in stages.

Lombardi brought in skilled veterans with a strong presence in the dressing room, such as forwards Jarret Stoll, Justin Williams, Ryan Smyth and defenseman Matt Greene, and said goodbye to players such as Sean Avery, Rob Blake, Michael Cammalleri and Patrick O’Sullivan, who may have seemed more interested in a paycheck than being part of a rebuilding process.

He nurtured the young players he inherited, including Kopitar and Dustin Brown, both first-round draft picks, and locked them into long-term contracts.

And he re-tooled with his own draft picks, snaring third-line winger Wayne Simmonds in the second round in 2007, then taking defenseman Drew Doughty with the second overall pick in 2008.

Finally, he brought in a coach with a no-nonsense attitude and a preference for strong defensive play. Terry Murray inherited a team in the summer of 2008 that allowed a Western Conference-leading 266 goals the season before. The Kings trimmed that number to 234 during 2008-09, then 219 last season.

"Our defensive zone was a concern when he came in and it has been greatly improved," Brown said. "He hammered it home the first couple years."

Lombardi agreed the combination of drafts, trades, and hirings have each played a role in bringing the franchise back into the upper echelon of the NHL, but said the final piece of the puzzle was developing camaraderie.

"Twenty-three guys that have learned to like each other every day," he said. "That might sound simplistic, but in this day and age that’s a huge thing."

The players whole-heartedly agree.

"We’ve grown together over the last three or four years," Brown said. "It makes it a lot easier when you know each other really well off the ice."

Kopitar said the team’s closeness in age has also factored in the good chemistry.

"We don’t have much of an age difference and even the ones that are a little older, they fit in really good," he said. "Five years ago when I got here, we had older guys and real young guys. There wasn’t that soft middle."

Not every move has turned to gold for Lombardi, but he is quick to admit his mistakes and find a way to correct them.

Lombardi drafted goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier No. 11 overall in 2006, then named him the starter in the fall of 2007, when Bernier was still only 19 years old. He lost three of his first four starts and much of his confidence, causing him to be shipped back to his junior team. Lombardi has admitted that starting Bernier was one of the "top five dumbest decisions" he made since arriving in Los Angeles.

But even that move has come with a bright side. Bernier is back with the club this season, and though he’s been relegated to a backup role, he and starter Jonathan Quick give the Kings one of the best one-two combinations in the league.

The veteran group of Stoll, Williams and Smyth have emerged as a rock-solid second-line scoring threat, producing 34 points in the 11 games they’ve been aligned and taking some of the pressure off first-liners Kopitar and Brown.

The defensive unit has also showed off its depth by covering nicely while key blue-liners Greene and Doughty missed a handful of games because of injury, and isn’t expected to miss a beat while offseason acquisition Willie Mitchell recovers from a broken wrist.

"Right now, we’re riding that wave," Kopitar said. "Hopefully, we can keep on going."

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posted December 01, 2010 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LAKing   Click Here to Email LAKing     Edit/Delete Message
They'll be back. it's just a rough patch.

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posted December 13, 2010 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message

Kings’ Quick makes 51 saves in 5-0 win over Wings

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DETROIT (AP)—Jonathan Quick(notes) bounced back from a shaky performance and handed the Detroit Red Wings their first shutout in nearly a year.

Quick made 51 saves for his 10th NHL shutout and defenseman Drew Doughty(notes) had three assists in the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-0 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night.

Anze Kopitar(notes) had two goals, and Wayne Simmonds(notes), Oscar Moller(notes) and Jack Johnson(notes) also scored for Los Angeles, which has won four of five overall and four straight against the Red Wings.
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Dustin Brown(notes) added two assists to help Quick earn his second shutout this season.

“It’s great and all to get all of those saves but at the end of the day, the two points is all that matters,” said Quick, who struggled in Saturday’ s 3-2 home overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild.

“I was looking to get back out and put that game behind me,” he said.

Quick’s 26 saves in the second period went a long way toward that. The Red Wings were last shut out on Jan. 12 in a 6-0 loss to the New York Islanders.

“Quick was excellent, especially in the second period when we took the two penalties (both by defenseman Alec Martinez(notes)). They threw a lot of rubber at him,” Kings coach Terry Murray said. “We couldn’t get it out and we couldn’t win a faceoff.”

Quick’s most spectacular effort of the night came when he dove across the net to get his stick in front of Tomas Holmstrom’s(notes) rebound shot during Detroit’s first power play a little over 7:30 into the second period.

“Homer looked like he was going to score on a rebound, but he somehow came across and made a great save,” Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) said.

Jimmy Howard(notes) made 21 saves in taking the loss.

“Hats off to Quickie. He played a hell of a game. He stole that one,” Howard said. “He was in a zone. There’s nothing you can do about it. He was stopping everything. I think we could have went all night and he probably still would have gave up zero. He was just in one of those zones.”

Doughty also praised Quick.

“Quicker was obviously unbelievable,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game where the goalie stood on his head like that.”

Simmonds opened the scoring with 6:33 left in the first period when he put in a rebound from the slot for his fifth goal. Moller made it 2-0 with 6:21 remaining in the second, poking in a puck that had gotten through Howard for his first of the season. That goal came a little over two minutes after Los Angeles killed off the second of Martinez’s two penalties.

Kopitar scored just 23 seconds into the third to give the Kings a 3-0 lead. He picked up a rebound of Brown’s shot and put the puck past Howard for his 12th goal. Kopitar scored again at 2:59 and Johnson added a power-play tally at 6:03 to make it 5-0.

NOTES: Los Angeles D Willie Mitchell(notes) returned after missing 14 games with an undisclosed upper body injury. … The stands were only about half-full following a winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on Sunday. The temperature was in single digits with a wind chill below zero. Detroit also hosted the relocated NFL game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings, that had been scheduled to be played in Minneapolis on Sunday. … Forward Marco Sturm(notes), acquired by the Kings from Boston on Saturday, hasn’t passed his physical yet with Los Angeles. He hasn’t played this season because of a knee injury. … Los Angeles D Matt Greene(notes) left the game in the second period due to an undisclosed upper body injury and didn’t return. The team said his status would be updated on Tuesday. … Kings D Rob Scuderi(notes) got a bloody mouth and left the game when he was accidentally struck by the stick of Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader(notes) early in the third period. Abdelkader was given four minutes for high-sticking.

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Hey they won one - finally after 8 games.

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Los Angeles Kings are no longer sellers at the NHL trade deadline. General manager Dean Lombardi is buying into his improving club by adding Dustin Penner(notes) for the playoff push.

The Kings acquired the Edmonton Oilers’ goal-scoring left wing for prospect Colten Teubert(notes) and two draft picks Monday, swinging the biggest deal of a fairly quiet day.

“We’re set up now where we can focus entirely on getting better,” Lombardi said before Los Angeles hosted the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

That’s an unusual role for Lombardi and the Kings, who just ended an eight-year playoff drought last spring. Lombardi started his tenure in Los Angeles by dumping assets late in most seasons, but his Kings are in the playoff picture again this year, sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference standings with 11 wins in 15 games before meeting Detroit.

Penner, a four-time 20-goal scorer, leaves the league-worst Oilers in a deal for defenseman Teubert, the Kings’ first-round pick in 2008, along with Los Angeles’ first-round pick this summer and a conditional third-round pick in 2012.

Penner is expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and he could suit up for Thursday’s home game against Phoenix.

Lombardi is a notoriously cautious GM committed to building from within the organization and refusing to overpay for free agents. He was outbid by New Jersey’s exorbitant contract for superstar Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) last summer, but Lombardi eagerly rolled the dice on Penner after chasing the former Anaheim Ducks forward for more than a month.

Penner has 21 goals and 18 assists in 62 games this season, perhaps his best campaign since signing with Edmonton as a restricted free agent in 2007. He has one year left at $4.25 million on the controversial deal that brought him to the Oilers from Anaheim.

Lombardi envisions using the 6-foot-4 Penner on a line with leading scorer Anze Kopitar(notes), a similarly physical forward who could create matchup nightmares for opponents’ defenses.

“I think our team deserved this,” Lombardi said, citing the Kings’ 6-1-3 performance on a mammoth February road trip that rescued their season. “The players drove me to this, going on that road trip and saying … ‘Make us better without taking anybody out of the room.”’

Penner has been the subject of Oilers’ fans displeasure since he signed a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet that the Ducks declined to match. The contract angered then-Anaheim general manager Brian Burke, who blamed Kevin Lowe, Edmonton’s president of hockey operations, for inflating the value of young restricted free agents.

“There were ups and downs,” Penner said of his time with the Oilers. “I had a decent first year. The second year was something I think a lot of people would like to forget. The last two I’ve enjoyed thoroughly.

“I came here with a big contract. That also comes with big expectations, and if I tried to meet everyone’s expectations, I would drive myself insane. So I focused on becoming more consistent and a player who could play every position. I think I’m on my way to that. I’m not there yet, and it’s too bad I won’t be able to do it here.”

Penner kept his home in California, and described the Kings as “one of the better places I could go.” His transition should be smooth because he already knows players on the team, including former Oilers Jarret Stoll(notes) and Matt Greene(notes), who both encouraged Lombardi to make the move.

“It’s our job to get him in here and make him part of the family,” Lombardi said. “Obviously, he was passionate about his colors, and that’s good.”

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It's too tight. An 8th seed is not acceptable.

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