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posted July 25, 2005 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LAKing   Click Here to Email LAKing     Edit/Delete Message
Yes! We're back! I'm pissed about last season but looking forward to this season. The Kings have lots of room under the cap to get some top free agents (Peter Forsberg anyone?)

Let's go Kings freaks! Game on!

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It should be a fun year - everyone on the same pay scale. Pittsburgh should be fun to watch with the new phenom... what's his name Crosley?

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with unrestricted free agent goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Kings Senior Vice President/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

LaBarbera, 25, played in 53 games this past season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. With the Wolf Pack, the 6-3, 224-pound native of Prince George, British Columbia, had a 31-16-2 record, six shutouts, a 1.84 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .934 save percentage. LaBarbera’s GAA ranked second amongst all AHL netminders, his save-percentage ranked third, his win total was seventh and his shutouts were tied for eighth best.

“In Jason we have added another promising young goaltender who we expect to play a key role with the Kings this season,” said Taylor. “We like his size and feel has a tremendous upside as he has been on of the top young goaltenders in the American Hockey League the last two years and has shown steady improvement as well.”

LaBarbera has also played in five career NHL games, all with the Rangers. During the 2003-04 season he posted a 1-2-0 record and a 4.85 GAA in four games. He also had an assist. In 2000-01, he made his NHL debut and played in one game on October 14, 2000, at Pittsburgh.

Originally selected by the Rangers in the third-round (66th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, LaBarbera in 2003-04 with Hartford played in 59 games had a 34-9-9 record, a 1.59 GAA (second best in the AHL) and a .936 save-percentage (tied for third best). His 34 wins and 13 shutouts led the AHL. In 1997-98 helped the Portland Winterhawks (Western Hockey League) capture the Memorial Cup with an 18-4-0 record and a 3.31 GAA average in 23 contests.

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Kings agree to terms with center Pavol Demitra

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Three-time All-Star center Pavol Demitra agreed to a three-year deal worth $13.5 million with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old unrestricted free agent from Slovakia was with St. Louis for the past eight seasons and led the Blues in scoring in four of the last six seasons.

``Pavol Demitra is an established premier forward in the National Hockey League,'' Kings general manager Dave Taylor said in a statement. ``He is an elite skilled player who competes on a consistent basis. His vast experience should be a real benefit to the younger players in our lineup.''

Demitra ranks fifth on the Blues' career scoring list with 493 points.

Demitra's NHL career began with the Ottawa Senators in the 1993-94 season. Over 11 years, he has 519 points, 216 goals and 170 penalty minutes in 553 regular-season games with the Blues and Senators. In 66 postseason games with the Blues he had 43 points and 26 penalty minutes.

Demitra will earn $4.5 million per season.

The Kings also announced they agreed to a two-year deal with free agent goaltender Jason LaBarbera.

The 25-year-old LaBarbera played in 53 games last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate. He went 31-16-2 with six shutouts, a 1.84 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage.

``We like his size and feel (he) has a tremendous upside as he has been one of the top young goaltenders in the American Hockey League the last two years and has shown steady improvement as well,'' Taylor said.

LaBarbera was selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 1998 draft and has played in five NHL games with New York.

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Flyers send Roenick to Kings

By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers made salary-cap room for Peter Forsberg by trading Jeremy Roenick to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Los Angeles also receives a 2006 third-round draft pick the Flyers acquired from Nashville. Philadelphia gets future considerations from the Kings and space under the $39 million cap to clear the way for Forsberg.

A former NHL MVP originally drafted by the Flyers, Forsberg agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million contract Wednesday night.

Roenick, who will earn $4.94 million this season, waived his no-trade clause to return to the West Coast. The 35-year-old center had 67 goals and 106 assists for 173 points in three seasons with Philadelphia.

A nine-time All-Star, Roenick has 475 goals and 645 assists for 1,120 points in 1,124 regular-season games over 16 seasons with Chicago, Phoenix and the Flyers.

One of the most colorful personalities in the league, Roenick is best remembered in Philadelphia for returning to the lineup just six weeks after breaking his jaw and sustaining a concussion after getting hit in the face with the puck in 2004. He helped lead the Flyers to within a game of the Stanley Cup finals a few months later.

Forsberg was part of the deal that brought Eric Lindros to the Flyers in 1992. Philadelphia sent Forsberg, four other players, two draft picks and $15 million to Quebec to get Lindros.

While Lindros never lived up to high expectations in Philadelphia and feuded with management, Forsberg became a five-time All-Star and was the league's most valuable player with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003.

Forsberg led Colorado to Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001. The Flyers haven't won a title since capturing consecutive championships in 1974-75.

Philadelphia has been very active, drastically changing the face of a team that has been a perennial Cup contender.

The Flyers signed hulking defensemen Derian Hatcher, Mike Rathje and Chris Therien to free-agent contracts on Tuesday. They previously created room under the cap by buying out the contracts of veteran forwards John LeClair and Tony Amonte.

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Maybe this salary cap is the great equilizer. Already the league looks much more balanced and competitive.

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'JR' basks in Hollywood's glow

By Phil Coffey

Jeremy Roenick had barely had time to decipher the news that he had been traded to the Los Angeles Kings before he already was on telling the fans how happy he was to be in LA and promising the Kings were going to be a fun experience.

JR in LA? Seems like a perfect fit.

And if anyone can keep a promise about making things fun, it's Roenick, one of hockey's most irrepressible personalities.

At the start of the week, it seemed far-fetched that Roenick would be a King rather than a Philadelphia Flyer. But when Flyers GM Bob Clarke swooped in and signed free-agent center Peter Forsberg, the Flyers needed to shed salary to adhere to the new salary cap, and Roenick was asked about a move to the Western Conference.

"I think I fit well in L.A. I'm an L.A. kind of guy," said Roenick, who certainly brings a lot of glitz to his game, notching career totals of 475 goals and 645 assists in 1,124 with the Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes.

"Jeremy certainly plays the game of hockey at a very high tempo, Kings GM Dave Taylor said. "He brings a physical element to our top group of forwards, and he also brings endless energy and passion to the ice every night."

And he does make the game fun. He is a chatterbox on and off the ice and makes sure he and those around him have a good time. But this season will also present a challenge. In 2003-04, Roenick suffered through a broken jaw and a concussion, so he will need to prove he is healthy and, at age 35, be able to turn back the clock on his high-energy game.

"I feel great," Roenick said. "I think the year off saved my career. It's added two or three years to my career. I had time to sit back and relax and get a new drive for the game. I feel stronger now."

"I think the fans in Los Angeles will love the way he plays," Kings coach Andy Murray predicted. "He is an exceptional player and is a great competitor."

"Hopefully everyone here in Southern California will come out and stay behind us to fill Staples Center," Roenick said. "I think there's going to be a rebirth of hockey in Southern California."

He may well be right. The Kings already have signed veteran forward Pavol Demitra to boost the team's offense, so the Kings should be a lot of fun to watch.

"I really think the team (Taylor) has put together is going to be a force to be reckoned with," Roenick predicted. "I can see they're trying to do a lot of good things in Anaheim also. Getting (Scott) Niedermayer is a big push for them. But I still think we'll kick their butts next year."

All of this left veteran Kings winger Luc Robitaille amused with the sudden burst of energy.

"It's a little bit like Showtime, with what the Lakers used to have," Robitaille told reporters. "People are going to be interested."

Of that, there is little doubt.

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Goalie hopes to give NHL a Japanese accent

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer

TOKYO (AP) -- Yutaka Fukufuji is ready to ride the buses in hockey's backwaters a few more years if that's what it takes to make the NHL.

The Japanese goaltender signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings this month and will attend a rookie camp next month. If he doesn't stay with the Kings, he most likely will be assigned to their AHL farm team, the Manchester Monarchs.

``My goal is to play in the NHL,'' Fukufuji said at a news conference Thursday. ``I know it will be tough, but I'm ready for rookie camp and I'm looking forward to taking on my rivals.''

While some have likened Fukufuji to baseball's Hideo Nomo, the soft-spoken goalie has other things on his mind than being a pioneer.

``I'm not thinking about becoming the first Japanese player in the NHL,'' Fukufuji said. ``Sure, if it happens, I'll be happy but right now I've got a lot of work ahead of me.''

The Kings open camp Sept. 14, with goaltenders Mathieu Garon and Jason Labarbera expected to compete for the starting job.

The 22-year-old Fukufuji was selected 238th in the 2004 NHL entry draft and played for the Bakersfield Condors in 2004-05. He recorded 27 wins, three shutouts and a 2.48 goals-against average while helping the team to the ECHL playoffs.


Fukufuji made his pro debut in North America on Feb. 7, 2003, with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. He won four games, lost three and had a 3.13 GAA.

He was the ECHL rookie of the month in January when he won seven straight games and posted his first pro shutout. Fukufuji said the hardest part of playing in places like Bakersfield and Cincinnati is the travel.

``The bus rides are tough,'' he said.

Fukufuji was unaware of the NHL while growing up on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, the one place in Japan where hockey competes with baseball and soccer. He began playing hockey at 9, a skater at first. By the time he was 11 he was asked by his coach if he could strap on goalie pads.

He played for the Kokudo Bunnies of the Japanese league in 2001 and became interested in playing overseas when he represented Japan at the world championships.

Now, he says his favorite goalie is Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. Other than the prospect of stopping a Mario Lemieux slap shot, Fukufuji says his biggest challenge will be mastering a new language, and watching ``Seinfeld'' reruns helps.

``I can't speak English very well,'' he said. ``But I'm working on it.''

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Gretzky finally behind the bench for game against old team

By MEL REISNER, AP Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes' play under coach Wayne Gretzky has been anything but stellar so far. Since it's only the preseason, The Great One isn't too concerned.

Gretzky stepped behind the Phoenix bench for the first time Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as the Coyotes lost 8-4 to the Los Angeles Kings.

``Sure we're disappointed with that beating, and there's things we've got to work on, but this is not losing in (playoff) Game 7 or losing in game one of the regular season,'' he said. ``This is just what it is, folks -- it's an exhibition game -- and 10 days from now it means nothing.''

Craig Conroy and Valeri Bure scored two goals each and Pavol Demitra had a goal and three assists to lead the Kings.

Gretzky drew generous applause from a sparse crowd announced at 7,219 when he came out of the tunnel before the first period. It was his first time in the bench area during a game since he retired from the New York Rangers in 1999.

Gretzky paced from side to side in the coaches' row before the game, but settled down after the first puck was dropped.

``He's a fiery guy,'' captain Shane Doan said. ``The way he played is the way he coached, and you love that as a player to know that your coach is on your side and is into the game as much as you are.''

Associate coach Barry Smith, who acted as head coach during a 3-2 home win Friday over Minnesota and a 7-0 road loss to the Wild on Saturday, stayed in charge of the defense. Gretzky watched the first two games from suite level, analyzing the strengths of a team with a half-dozen key newcomers.

Among them was goaltender Curtis Joseph, whose importance to the club increased when Brian Boucher hurt himself trying to make a stop in a shootout demonstration for fans after the preseason opener.

The injury is a first-degree strain -- the least serious -- of Boucher's right groin. He is listed as week to week, but Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett said Boucher could be out for weeks or more.

``That type of injury at that position is one you don't even think about hurrying along,'' Barnett said.

Gretzky alluded to Boucher when he explained that he sat left wing Mike Leclerc, acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Aug. 23, the last two periods after Leclerc got a slight groin pull.

``We're probably a little more sensitive to those scenarios since guys didn't play last year, so I told him not to play the second and third,'' Gretzky said. ``It's just precautionary.''

David LeNeveu gave up all seven goals in the loss at Minnesota.

Enter Joseph, ninth on the NHL career list in wins (396) after 15 years with St. Louis, Edmonton, Toronto and Detroit, who signed with Phoenix on Aug. 17. He allowed eight goals in 24 shots against the Kings.

``I made some miscalculations out there and certainly didn't find the open guy like I should,'' Joseph said. ``Certainly, you'd like to shake that one off and play again tomorrow.''

Gretzky wasn't worried about the goalie whose tenure overlapped the last nine years of his career.

``It's the easiest thing in the game of hockey, and I was a player, that you always turn back and try to blame the goaltender,'' Gretzky said. ``There's no excuse there. Curtis will be fine. It's not Curtis' fault that we got beat 8-4.''

Bure, Conroy and Sean Avery gave Los Angeles a 3-1 lead midway through the second period.

The Coyotes narrowed the gap when Ladislav Nagy went top shelf over Mathieu Garon's shoulder with 4:39 left in the second, but the Kings got their fourth power play of the game immediately after when Sean O'Donnell slammed Tim Gleason into the glass from behind after Gleason went after Petr Nedved for dumping Garon into the back of the net.

Conroy's goal on the power play made it 4-2 with 2:16 left in the period.

Shane Doan and Jason Chimera scored 1:09 apart to tie it at 4, but Joseph couldn't hold it. The Kings answered with goals by Visnovsky, Demitra and Michael Cammalleri in a 51-second span.

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Roenick got a concussion last night.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alexander Frolov's second power-play goal gave Los Angeles the lead, and the Kings used a five-goal third period to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4 on Sunday night.

The Kings, who lost newly acquired all-star forward Jeremy Roenick due to a concussion at 2:25 of the second period, also got goals from Eric Belanger, Dustin Brown, Tom Kostopoulos and Sean Avery.

Oleg Saprykin scored twice on power plays for Phoenix, and Mike Comrie and Tyson Nash had a goal apiece.

Trailing 4-2 after two periods, the Kings scored five unanswered goals - including Frolov's second of the game, which put them ahead 5-4 with Phoenix centre Mike Ruff serving a holding penalty.

Los Angeles left wing Noah Clarke was off for hooking when Saprykin beat rookie goalie Mathieu Garon from short range at 14:12 of the second period to put Phoenix ahead 3-2. Nash's gave the Coyotes a two-goal margin less than 3˝ minutes later.

Roenick was injured after carrying the puck up ice along the right boards and taking a hard but clean shoulder check from Phoenix defenceman Denis Gauthier at the red-line. Just eight seconds after Roenick was led into the dressing room, Kostopoulos instigated a fight with Gauthier. Belanger also received a fighting major during the incident, giving Phoenix a five-minute power play that was shortened by David Tanabe's high-sticking penalty.

Both goalies player the entire game. Garon had 24 saves and Curtis Joseph had 13.

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What a start to the year!
Los Angeles 8, Columbus 2

By RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer
November 13, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings were concerned about being shown up. The Columbus Blue Jackets should have been the worried ones.

Alexander Frolov scored three goals in the opening 12:35 -- on a power play, at even strength and short-handed -- and Craig Conroy also had a hat trick to lead the Kings to an 8-2 victory on Sunday.

"I'd probably live a few years longer if we had more of them," Kings coach Andy Murray said of the lopsided win. "We knew it was imperative to get off to a good start and we certainly had some jump in our step. We were skating. We are afraid of being embarrassed here if we didn't play hard."

Conroy added two assists and Frolov had one. Eric Belanger and Michael Cammalleri also scored goals for the Kings, who have earned points in four straight games and six of seven.

Conroy's five points, Frolov's four and Pavol Demitra's four assists -- all in the first period -- were career highs for each of the linemates.

It was Frolov's first career hat trick, coming in a span of 8:18 in the opening period as Los Angeles rolled to a 5-0 lead.

"It was a great game for our team," Frolov said. "It doesn't happen very often -- we're just really excited about it, especially our line."

Conroy had three goals in a game for the second time in his career.

"Tonight, things were going in," he said. "We've had games where we've had a lot of chances and we've gotten one goal. ... Pav made some great passes to Fro. We got one on the power play. You start to feel good about yourself and you want to just keep it going."

The Blue Jackets' Todd Marchant scored his third goal in three games and Jason Chimera also had a goal.

"It was an awful night," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "It was a long game and it was basically over five minutes into it when it was 3-0."

The Kings came in with the third-best record in the Western Conference, while the Blue Jackets were next-to-last and had scored fewer goals (32) than any NHL team. Columbus has lost six of seven and continues to founder without leading scorer Rick Nash, out until mid-December with a sprained knee.

After a turnover by Marchant, Frolov made it 2-0 on a one-timer off a drop pass from Demitra at 4:17.

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With the Kings on a power play, Demitra tossed a cross-ice pass to Conroy. His shot hit the skate of defenseman Radoslav Suchy and bounced to Frolov, who one-timed the puck past goaltender Martin Prusek.

That gave the Kings a 3-0 lead on only five shots.

Frolov finished his hat trick on a short-handed rush, deking Marc Denis, who replaced Prusek after the third goal. Frolov scored on a backhander at 12:35. Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon, who made 27 saves, picked up an assist.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead 1:35 in on Conroy's soft shot from the left hash, assisted by Demitra and Frolov. Los Angeles' fifth goal of the opening period was also short-handed, with Conroy scoring his second off an assist from Demitra on a 2-on-1.

"We played great, especially for the first 20 minutes. Probably one of the best 20 minutes we've played thus far," Demitra said. "All the four lines had jump and we had a lot of chances and we totally dominated the game. It's fun to play games like this and score a lot of goals."

The five goals in the period matched the most given up by the Blue Jackets in franchise history, tying the mark set by the Kings in a 7-1 victory early in 2001.

Conroy's third goal came on a nifty move in open ice as he skated sideways. He got the puck after it bounced off defenseman Bryan Berard and then rocketed it past Denis.


The Kings are 9-5-4 in the series. ... Detroit's Jason Williams scored three goals in 10:48 of the first period in a 6-0 win at Columbus on Oct. 22. ... Columbus had not given up a short-handed goal in its first 17 games before giving up two in a span of 5:13 in the opening period.

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Detroit (17-6-2) at Los Angeles (16-7-1)

The Los Angeles Kings have been the surprise of the Pacific Division.

They'll try to prove they belong among the NHL's elite as they host the Detroit Red Wings to start a challenging five-game stretch.

Kings coach Andy Murray has made minor adjustments while his team climbed to the top of the Pacific Division. Most notably, a top line of Alexander Frolov, Craig Conroy and Pavol Demitra is backed by the veteran trio of Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick and Derek Armstrong.

Also, the Kings' goaltending tandem of Mathieu Garon and Jason LaBarbera has kept them in most games.

"We're a brand new line and we're just starting to learn each other," said the 39-year-old Robitaille, who scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Chicago Blackhawks.


"I think if we keep playing together like that, we're going to find each other on the ice. When you play with guys like that you know they can always make a play -- even if they're covered. So it's fun for a guy like me because it gives me an extra second to get open."

Frolov and Demitra scored the other goals for Los Angeles. Frolov has two goals and nine assists in a five-game points streak while Demitra has four goals and seven assists in that span. Conroy has assists in three straight games and 26 points in his last 18 games.

After this game, the Kings embark on a four-game trip to play the Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. The three Northeast Division teams have a combined 45-17-7 record, a .652 winning percentage.

Additionally, the Kings have lost eight straight games to the Red Wings and are winless in nine straight meetings with Detroit since a 3-2 win Oct. 12, 2002.

The Red Wings may be breaking in a new goaltender to wrap up their three-game road trip. Starting netminder Manny Legace was placed on injured reserve with a sprained left knee suffered in Friday's loss at Anaheim.

Jimmy Howard was recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL, where he went 4-1-1 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. He may get his first start after backup Chris Osgood was shaky Saturday in a 7-6 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Brendan Shanahan bailed out Osgood, scoring twice in a 70-second span of the third period. Robert Lang had a career-high five assists for the Red Wings, who have six players with 20 or more points.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 27): Red Wings - 36 points, 1st place, Central Division. Kings - 33 points, 1st place, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Red Wings - Shanahan, 15 goals; Pavel Datsyuk, 19 assists and 28 points; Chris Chelios, 58 PIM. Kings - Frolov, 13 goals; Demitra, 22 assists and 34 points; Sean Avery, 75 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 27): Red Wings - Power play: 24.6 percent (36 for 146), 1st in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.6 percent (128 for 153), 8th. Kings - Power play: 16 percent (25 for 156), 21st. Penalty killing: 85 percent (125 for 147), 5th.

GOALTENDERS: Red Wings - Legace (13-4-0, 2 SO, 2.21 GAA); Osgood (4-2-2, 0, 3.25); Howard (no record). Kings - Garon (8-4-0, 0, 2.96); LaBarbera (8-3-1, 0, 2.59).

SEASON SERIES: Red Wings, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 9; Red Wings, 5-4, OT. At Detroit, Lang scored 1:39 into overtime after the Red Wings blew a two-goal lead in a 1:53 span late in the third period.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Red Wings - 8-3-1 on the road; Kings - 10-3-0 at home.

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Los Angeles (27-15-2) at Anaheim (18-16-7)
Los Angeles (27-15-2) at Anaheim (18-16-7)

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Luc Robitaille wasn't able to become the Los Angeles Kings' all-time leading goal scorer in his last game. He'll take another shot at breaking Marcel Dionne's record when the Kings visit the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Robitaille scored his 548th and 549th goals with the Kings in a 4-0 victory over Phoenix on Thursday night to pull within one of Dionne, but was held scoreless as Los Angeles lost 3-2 to San Jose on Saturday night. The defeat snapped the Kings' three-game winning streak.

Robitaille has 660 goals in his 19-year career, an NHL record for left wings.

The Kings played Saturday without leading scorer Pavol Demitra, who missed his first game of the season with an unspecified leg injury. Demitra has 20 goals and 30 assists this season and the Kings struggled without his offensive production, unable to build on an early 2-0 lead.


"They have a great offense, and it showed," Kings goalie Mathieu Garon said of the Sharks. "They come hard at you. We knew even with our early lead that it wouldn't be good enough. They have a great power-play unit. We knew coming in that we couldn't take too many penalties, or that would hurt us."

Los Angeles was held to fewer than three goals for the first time in 11 games.

Craig Conroy, second on the team with 46 points, extended his point streak to eight games with an assist on Lubomir Visnovsky's goal in the first period.

The Mighty Ducks wrapped up a five-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. Playing on consecutive nights, Anaheim gave up two quick goals in the third period to fall behind by three and ruin its chances of a comeback.

"There's no excuse," Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne said. "That's why this league is so tough. Especially the nights you play back to back. We arrived in the city at 3 o'clock in the morning. You don't have much time to recover. You just have to play smarter.

"In the third period, we made a couple of mistakes, and it cost us goals."

The loss followed a heartbreaking defeat Friday night, when the Mighty Ducks blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout to Dallas. Anaheim finished the trip 2-3.

"Our hockey club can play better than it did tonight," Mighty Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We need to put more pressure on ourselves to do so."

Anaheim dealt forward Petr Sykora to the New York Rangers on Sunday for defenseman Maxim Kondratiev. Sykora spent three-plus seasons with the Ducks and had 64 goals and 67 assists in 197 games. He recorded seven goals and 13 assists this season.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 8): Kings - 56 points, 1st place (tied), Pacific Division. Mighty Ducks - 43 points, 3rd place, 13 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Kings - Demitra, 20 goals and 50 points; Visnovsky, 31 assists; Sean Avery, 136 PIM. Mighty Ducks - Selanne, 19 goals and 36 points; Scott Niedermayer, 22 assists; Todd Fedoruk, 84 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Jan. 8): Kings - Power play: 15.8 percent (48 for 303), 22nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 81 percent (221 for 273), tied for 20th. Mighty Ducks - Power play: 15 percent (37 for 246), tied for 24th. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (229 for 273), 11th.

GOALTENDERS: Kings - Garon (19-9-0, 1 SO, 2.60 GAA); Jason LaBarbera (8-6-2, 3.10). Mighty Ducks - Jean-Sebastien Giguere (11-6-7, 2.79); Ilya Bryzgalov (7-10-0, 2.54).

SEASON SERIES: Kings, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 16; Kings 4-3, SO. At Anaheim, Calif., Garon made 42 saves and stopped Selanne and Niedermayer in the shootout to lift Los Angeles.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Kings - 12-9-2 on the road; Mighty Ducks - 13-6-3 at home.

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I don't like where the Kings are now. They're imploding!

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