Two Questions, Five Goals and Jerry Maguire

For a team that’s only 20 years old, it was more than 25 years in the making.
No team had come back from being down four goals in the playoffs since Minnesota clawed their way to a 5-4 victory over Chicago on April 28, 1985.
Until the Sharks last night.
Meanwhile, the line of Kyle Clifford, Brad Richardson [...]

Coach Murray still wants more from Justin Williams

Even though the Kings lost game one to the Sharks in overtime, one of their forwards still managed to steal some of the headlines.
Justin Williams, returned to the line-up (surprisingly) after being out for just a few weeks with a separated shoulder.
With limited mobility and a tremendous amount of pain, he somehow found a way [...]

Los Angeles Kings Players are Quick to Praise

While much has been made of the Kings power play success in the first playoff two games with San Jose – and rightfully so, considering the regular season numbers – the play of Jonathan Quick shouldn’t (and hasn’t) gone unnoticed.
After a variety of reasons were given for his poor play down the stretch last year, [...]

Jarret Stoll Wants to See Some Push Back

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
I think I’ve read that somewhere before.
And it certainly applied to Jarret Stoll on Saturday night.
He was in the press box watching the Kings take on the San Jose Sharks. Not exactly what he had in mind when the team officially qualified for post-season [...]

Rob Scuderi on Expectations and Being Extra Special

Yesterday, Ryan Smyth shared some of his thoughts here, specifically about what to expect in game three tonight and any advice he’s offered to some of the younger players on the team.
As another veteran presence in the Kings locker room, I asked the same basic questions to defenseman Rob Scuderi…
MM: What do you expect the [...]

Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mr. Game Three?

Poni on Ryan Smyth mullet night

When Alexei Ponikarovsky signed with the Kings in July 2010 the hope was that he’d be able to replace the goals lost with the departure of Alexander Frolov.
It seemed reasonable enough, Ponikarovsky had averaged 20 goals for five straight seasons. If he couldn’t replace them all, he should at least come [...]

Terry Murray goes inside Kyle Clifford’s head

Last year the Kings entered the playoffs with a core of players who had never been there before – including Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson and Jonathan Quick.
Although they all lacked post-season experience, at least each of them had played in the league for a number of years.
This year though, they’ve brought [...]

POLL: Loudest Kings Game Ever at Staples Center?

Following up on the Mercury News article from yesterday (and my rebuttal available here), what is the loudest Kings game ever at Staples Center?
Beginning Wednesday morning, I’m confident the answer will be ‘Game Three vs. San Jose, 2011 Playoffs.’
Until then though, which of the following games would you say was the loudest?
Poll closes at 6pm PST [...]

An open invitation to Mark Purdy of San Jose Mercury News

When you started out your article by saying ‘At playoff time, the National Hockey League is famous for impossibly raucous, loud and intimidating buildings. Staples Center is not one of them, though,’ you had my attention.
Shortly thereafter you said ‘HP Pavilion can be a Metallica concert when the puck drops.’ I get it, they’re from [...]

Kings vs Sharks – Game Two Playoff Photos

A few days ago Jon from sharkspage.com – the Bay Area’s longest running hockey blog – was kind enough to pass over some photos from game one between the Kings and Sharks (linked here).
Below are some shots he took at game two on Saturday night, featuring: Drew Doughty, Michal Handzus, Oscar Moller, Brad Richardson, Ryan [...]