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Kings miss the ailing Anze Kopitar in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning

Most of the Kings had to work Monday despite the holiday. But the one guy who got the day off was the player the Kings missed most. Captain Anze Kopitar called in sick, and without him the team’s offense fizzled in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. “You always miss really good hockey players...

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    Jonathan Bernier gets the shutout as the Ducks beat Coyotes, 3-0

    Jonathan Bernier shook off the rust and earned his first shutout of the season.  Bernier, starting in goal for the first time since Dec. 20, had 26 saves in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.  Hampus Lindholm, Nick Ritchie and Ryan Kesler scored in the Ducks'...

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin appears to be on track for return from surgery

    Clippers' Blake Griffin appears to be on track for return from surgery

    Clippers forward Blake Griffin has started to increase his workload as he prepares to return from right-knee surgery. Before the Clippers played the Lakers on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, Griffin participated in sprinting and shooting drills that took him all around the court. The Clippers...

  • Kings forward Trevor Lewis is the most opportunistic player on his line right now

    Kings forward Trevor Lewis is the most opportunistic player on his line right now

    Trevor Lewis burst down the left wing with only St. Louis Blues defender Alex Pietrangelo separating the Kings’ forward from the goal.  But Pietrangelo was never fully focused on stopping Lewis. First Pietrangelo turned his head and pointed at Anze Kopitar, who was streaking toward the net across...

  • Ducks' trip offers Lindholm, sister a rare chance to be together

    Ducks' trip offers Lindholm, sister a rare chance to be together

    The town is called Lerberget, and according to Hampus Lindholm it translates to “mud mountain” in English. The Swedish port is actually a quiet, quaint seaside postcard — population 3,000 — by Lindholm’s estimation. When Lindholm grew up there, his father, Jonas, would drive him north into the...

  • Drew Doughty gets defensive for L.A. Kings and he likes it that way

    Drew Doughty gets defensive for L.A. Kings and he likes it that way

    Drew Doughty’s teammates catch themselves marveling at the defenseman’s searing shots, pinpoint passing and deft puck control.  But Doughty, who was recently chosen to play in his third straight All-Star game, still would rather take space away from opponents than thrive in it himself.  “I think...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 5-1 win over the Blues

    What we learned from the Kings' 5-1 win over the Blues

    The Kings flew past the St. Louis Blues, 5-1, at Staples Center on Thursday night. The Kings (21-17-4) scored early, scored some more and kept the Blues (21-16-5) from generating quality scoring chances until the third period. Below is what we learned from the game.  The offense is not resting...

  • Kings' offense keeps buzzing in 5-1 win over Blues

    Kings' offense keeps buzzing in 5-1 win over Blues

    Jake Muzzin drifted with his hockey stick poised, which allowed him to call for the puck while gearing to crush it.  Marian Gaborik waited a few beats before dropping a pass to Muzzin, whose slap shot whisked past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and into the net. The Blues immediately replaced...

  • Ducks take Pacific Division lead with 4-1 victory over Avalanche

    Ducks take Pacific Division lead with 4-1 victory over Avalanche

    Following a sensational goal by Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon early in the first period, it took the Anaheim Ducks all of 51 seconds to retake the lead.  These days, the Ducks aren't wasting much time collecting wins.  Rickard Rakell answered MacKinnon's nifty goal with one of his own and the surging...

  • Chargers' task to win over L.A. is like climbing 'Mt. Everest'

    Chargers' task to win over L.A. is like climbing 'Mt. Everest'

    This is a Dodgers town for baseball, a Lakers town for basketball. So whose will it be in football?  The Rams have a rich history here and a one-year head start on the Chargers in their return. The Chargers might prosper, or they could sink into mediocrity and invisibility, swallowed up into an...

  • Kings' offense looks to stay in a groove against the Blues

    Kings' offense looks to stay in a groove against the Blues

    When the Kings’ offense found its footing against the Dallas Stars, which really resembled it finding a launching pad, it seemed as if the net had doubled in size.  Dustin Brown beat Kari Lehtonen on a power play. Anze Kopitar drifted into the slot and ripped a shot past Lehtonen’s left shoulder....

  • Ducks report: Goalie John Gibson maturing quickly at 23

    Ducks report: Goalie John Gibson maturing quickly at 23

    The youth of the Ducks is easy to see at first glance. Six forwards and five defensemen are 25 or younger. Even their most tenured defenseman, Cam Fowler, just recently turned 25. It almost obscures perhaps their most valuable young player, goalie John Gibson, and Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle offered...

  • Kings' Jeff Carter looks forward to his second All-Star game

    Kings' Jeff Carter looks forward to his second All-Star game

    Jeff Carter is excited about his second All-Star game appearance and the celebration Los Angeles will throw for the NHL later this month, but don’t expect the 31-year-old forward to raise his hand for any skill competitions.  “If you watch my game, there’s not a whole lot of skill involved in my...

  • NHL All-Star Game jerseys pay tribute to the Kings

    NHL All-Star Game jerseys pay tribute to the Kings

    The NHL All-Star Game will take place on Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m. PST at Staples Center, and the jersey the teams will wear will pay tribute to the league’s Staples Center tenant, the Kings. The game will be a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring teams representing each NHL...

  • What we learned from the Ducks' 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars

    What we learned from the Ducks' 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars

    Were the Ducks making a case to put their top line in the three-on-three tournament that is the All-Star Game at Staples Center later this month? It seemed like it, judging by how Andrew Cogliano, Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg once again dominated, this time in a 2-0 win Tuesday against the...

  • Gibson records third shutout this season in Ducks' 2-0 win over Stars

    Gibson records third shutout this season in Ducks' 2-0 win over Stars

    Every All-Star center needs a right-hand man. Actually, right wing Jakob Silfverberg seemed to have his hands on everything Tuesday — the puck, the game and the appropriate accolades on the day linemate Ryan Kesler was selected an All-Star. “Tonight he was a player possessed,” Coach Randy Carlyle...

  • It's in the stars for these Kings and Ducks

    It's in the stars for these Kings and Ducks

    Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Jeff Carter can expect roaring ovations when they’re introduced at the NHL All-Star game on Jan. 29 at Staples Center. But Ducks center Ryan Kesler, widely despised for his get-under-your-skin tenacity, is anticipating a different reception. “An amazing...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 6-4 loss to the Stars

    What we learned from the Kings' 6-4 loss to the Stars

    The Kings surged late but ultimately fell, 6-4, to the Dallas Stars at Staples Center on Monday night. The Kings scored three goals in the first 5 minutes and 18 seconds of the third period, but could not recover once Jiri Hudler put the Stars ahead. Below is what we learned from the game.  Bad...

  • Kings' late rally falls short in 6-4 loss to the Stars

    Kings' late rally falls short in 6-4 loss to the Stars

    The goal looked a lot like the Kings’ performance, and their season to date: Arcing high into the air before nosediving to the ice.  It was scored by the Dallas Stars (17-16-8) in their 6-4 win over the Kings (20-17-4) at Staples Center on Monday night. Tyler Seguin’s shot nicked the tip of defenseman...

  • Ritchie brothers renew sibling rivarly when Anaheim Ducks face the Dallas Stars

    Ritchie brothers renew sibling rivarly when Anaheim Ducks face the Dallas Stars

    Ducks wing Nick Ritchie figures he owes one to his older brother, Brett, especially since this might be his last chance this season. Brett is a wing for the Dallas Stars and has bragging rights on his sibling because Dallas beat Anaheim in the season opener, which marked the first time the two...

  • Kings' defenseman Kevin Gravel is taking his latest challenge in stride

    Kings' defenseman Kevin Gravel is taking his latest challenge in stride

    It has been nearly a year since Kevin Gravel made his NHL debut, which came in the middle of a season spent shuttling between the Kings and their American Hockey League farm team in Ontario, Calif.  Now the 24-year-old defenseman is firmly on the Kings’ roster, but he has yet to secure an unquestioned...

  • 3 takeaways from last week in NHL

    3 takeaways from last week in NHL

    What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL: Consecutive victories record remains safe The Columbus Blue Jackets’ franchise-record winning streak ended last week at 16, one short of the NHL record set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. They followed their streak-busting 5-0 loss with...

  • What we learned from the Ducks' 2-1 loss to the Wild

    What we learned from the Ducks' 2-1 loss to the Wild

    There were occasional chants of “Duuuu” for Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk by transplant fans in Honda Center on Sunday night, reminiscent of the “Bruuuuce” chants that once were heard for Bruce Boudreau. In those moments, it seemed like old times with the Ducks struggling in the second period...

  • Wild make it a triumphant return to Anaheim for Coach Bruce Boudreau

    Wild make it a triumphant return to Anaheim for Coach Bruce Boudreau

    He happily stood in a service-floor hallway like so many times before, and probably would have chatted well into Sunday night if not ushered away to catch a bus. Former Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was in his chatty place, and simply glad it was over after his Minnesota Wild used a second-period...

  • Kings' defenseman Jake Muzzin is feeling good after a stick change

    Kings' defenseman Jake Muzzin is feeling good after a stick change

    Of all the ways Jake Muzzin could explain his recent success on the power play — good team passing, being in the right place at the right time or something like that — the Kings defenseman opted for something much simpler.  “Honestly, I just switched some equipment and feel a lot better,” said...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild

    The Kings (20-16-4) fought back from an early deficit to defeat the Minnesota Wild (24-10-4), 4-3, at the Staples Center on Saturday afternoon. Below is what we learned from the game.  Tanner Pearson, like the Kings, likes the big moment Pearson shines the brightest when the ice opens up in three-on-three...

  • Tanner Pearson's overtime goal lifts Kings past Wild

    Tanner Pearson's overtime goal lifts Kings past Wild

    This time the Kings hit the reset button and it worked.  They hit it following an uninspiring loss to the Red Wings on Thursday. They hit it after allowing two first-period goals to the Wild on Saturday. And they hit it once more when the Wild knotted the score at 3 with 42.1 seconds left in regulation,...

  • Coach Bruce Boudreau makes return to Anaheim with the Minnesota Wild

    Coach Bruce Boudreau makes return to Anaheim with the Minnesota Wild

    It was Stanley Cup or bust for Bruce Boudreau as the Ducks’ coach last season, and he knew it. It was easy for them to blame random misfortune for losing their 2013 first-round playoff series to Detroit in a seventh game at home after they had taken a 3-2 lead. When they squandered the same lead...

  • Ducks hope overtime victory against Coyotes leads to more success in OT

    Ducks hope overtime victory against Coyotes leads to more success in OT

    Ducks defenseman Josh Manson typically doesn’t see a ton of action in overtime, but he certainly has a pulse on the team during the extra session. He could certainly measure the mental toll seven overtime losses had taken before the Ducks broke through Friday with an overtime win against the Arizona...

  • What we learned from the Ducks' overtime win against the Coyotes

    What we learned from the Ducks' overtime win against the Coyotes

    Nothing comes easy for the Ducks. Nor are they ever boring. The Ducks, previously 0-7 in games that ended in overtime, finally took that goose egg off the board with a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday that took some twists and turns. Unsung players led the way with Ondrej Kase getting...

  • Ducks beat the slumping Arizona Coyotes, 3-2, in overtime

    Ducks beat the slumping Arizona Coyotes, 3-2, in overtime

    Overtime finally worked for the Ducks. It came on a baffling play by the opposing goaltender after Anaheim clawed for two points against one of the worst teams in the NHL that was missing three players in the final period. The hockey gods saw to it that Ondrej Kase was the hero. Perhaps the Ducks’...

  • The Kings search for consistency as they welcome the Wild

    The Kings search for consistency as they welcome the Wild

    The Kings have experienced a range of emotions throughout an up-and-down season, but goalie Peter Budaj insists frustration has been rare.  Frustration, the 34-year-old veteran says, is a bit dramatic. “Frustration is something that sticks with you, and I don’t think we are letting anything stick...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-0 loss to Detroit

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-0 loss to Detroit

    The Kings (19-16-4) followed a home-and-home sweep of the San Jose Sharks with a listless 4-0 loss to the Red Wings (17-17-5) at Staples Center on Thursday night. Here is what we learned from the game:  New year but not new consistency  The Kings have not won more than two games in a row since...

  • Kings start homestand without a goal in loss to the Red Wings

    Kings start homestand without a goal in loss to the Red Wings

    The puck sat untouched in the middle of the crease but never made it much farther.  Nick Shore swung at it but did not connect. Brayden McNabb rushed toward the net and stabbed at it. Dwight King joined the crowd and soon it felt as if all the Kings, and an arena full of fans, were trying to will...

  • Blue Jackets' attempt to tie NHL record for consecutive wins ends in 5-0 loss to Capitals

    Blue Jackets' attempt to tie NHL record for consecutive wins ends in 5-0 loss to Capitals

    Coach John Tortorella broke from his usual routine after the Columbus Blue Jackets' streak-breaking clunker on Thursday night.  He felt he had to.  Tortorella walked into the visiting locker room and told his players he was proud of them, even after the Jackets lost 5-0 to the Washington Capitals,...

  • Youthful energy has served the Anaheim Ducks well thus far

    Youthful energy has served the Anaheim Ducks well thus far

    If there was a moment that captured part of the Ducks’ season at the halfway point, it might be the latest goal celebration by Ondrej  Kase. Kase let loose Wednesday night with a pose and a wide smile that showed his red-white-and-blue mouth guard. While the veteran line of Ryan Kesler, Andrew...

  • Kings' Marian Gaborik on scoring drought: 'I'm just going to keep grinding'

    Kings' Marian Gaborik on scoring drought: 'I'm just going to keep grinding'

    Marian Gaborik is squeezing his stick a bit tighter these days, which is to say he can feel the scoreless games piling up.  Gaborik, who missed the first 21 games of the Kings’ season with a broken foot, has scored just once in 16 contests. His last goal came 11 games ago. He also has just three...

  • What we learned from the Ducks' 2-0 win over Detroit

    What we learned from the Ducks' 2-0 win over Detroit

    One of the main points of emphasis for the Ducks after the Christmas break was the roster’s mix of older players and kids, veterans in their 30s who have either won a Stanley Cup or played for one, along with those who are just getting their feet wet in the NHL. The latter stood out Wednesday in...

  • Gibson notches his eighth career shutout in Ducks' 2-0 win over Red Wings

    Gibson notches his eighth career shutout in Ducks' 2-0 win over Red Wings

    There was some question before this season whether John Gibson was ready to make the jump to being a full-time NHL goalie. Let’s just say his padded legs have covered some varied terrain the past two games. In his first game since he tied a franchise regular-season record with 51 saves, Gibson...

  • Ducks prospect Troy Terry lifts U.S. in semifinals of World Junior Championships

    Ducks prospect Troy Terry lifts U.S. in semifinals of World Junior Championships

    Ducks prospect Troy Terry scored three times in the shootout, including the game-winner in the seventh round, to give the U.S. a 4-3 win against Russia in the semifinals of the World Junior Championships on Wednesday in Montreal. Terry's game-winning goal came on a backhand in a game that was deemed...

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