Lisa Dillman

Writer

Lisa Dillman is a former sports reporter for the Los Angeles Times; she left in 2016. She has covered the Kings, the Ducks, the Clippers, professional tennis, soccer and Olympic sports at five Summer Games and two Winter Games for the newspaper since 1992. With business reporter Jim Bates, she was honored by APSE, finishing second in the investigative category with a series of reports detailing the rise and fall of Kings owner Bruce McNall into bankruptcy and the subsequent federal investigation. More recently, she covered the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012. She plays tennis much better than she skates.

Recent Articles

  • Kings give up late goal, but beat Canucks, 4-3, in shootout

    Kings give up late goal, but beat Canucks, 4-3, in shootout

    You could call this the night of personal comebacks. Take your pick in the Kings’ 4-3 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night at Staples Center.  Candidate No. 1: Kings goalie Peter Budaj, the man who went the 2014-15 season without winning a game at the minor league level,...

  • Kings’ injuries open slot for Jonah Imoo’s father, a coach, to play in net if needed

    Kings’ injuries open slot for Jonah Imoo’s father, a coach, to play in net if needed

    Goalie Peter Budaj was driving home from a team function for the fans in Ontario, Calif., the Kings’ minor-league affiliate, and he didn’t know what had happened in San Jose on Oct. 12.   “I came home and my wife and my wife told me Zats was in,” Budaj said.   Zats would be Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff....

  • Kings lose top two goaltenders to injuries

    Kings lose top two goaltenders to injuries

    The season isn’t even two weeks old, and the Kings’ top two goaltenders are injured. On Saturday, it was No. 2 goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, who was hurt during the morning skate and had to be helped off the ice. The Kings said Zatkoff suffered a lower-body injury and would be considered questionable...

  • First NHL goal a thrill (and relief) for Kings' Nic Dowd

    First NHL goal a thrill (and relief) for Kings' Nic Dowd

      Who has the Nic Dowd puck? More accurately, the puck that Dowd shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for his first NHL goal. The Kings were fairly sure someone grabbed the memento for Dowd.   “I think so. I couldn’t tell you for sure,” Kings left wing Tanner Pearson said. “I think Brownie [Dustin...

  • What we learned from the Kings’ 4-3 overtime win over the Stars

    What we learned from the Kings’ 4-3 overtime win over the Stars

    A few more takeaways after the Kings recorded their first win of the season, beating the high-powered Stars on Thursday night at Dallas. Better defensive structure Kings goalie Peter Budaj was complimentary of the defensive effort, a far more organized and cohesive system than displayed in the...

  • Kings beat Stars, 4-3, in OT to avoid 0-4 start

    Kings beat Stars, 4-3, in OT to avoid 0-4 start

    Desperation was replaced by relief, one emotion substituted for another. Eventually. It wasn’t the way the Kings designed it, but they had to survive giving up a late goal in regulation and a brief review of the goal scored by defenseman Alec Martinez to secure their first victory of the season. ...

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