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What we learned from the Kings' 6-4 defeat of the Blue Jackets

This should have been the end of the ride for the Kings: A three-hour time swing, against a stringent Eastern Conference team, without their No. 2 center, Jeff Carter. But the Kings persisted, through an ugly first period and a potentially game-swinging, game-tying goal late in the second period....

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What we learned from the Ducks' 6-2 win over the Canadiens

The Ducks started strong Friday with three goals in the first period and never fell behind en route to a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The injury bug bit the team again, though, and there's new concern for a top player. Here's what we learned: Fowler's prognosis uncertain: Cam Fowler,...

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  • Kings lose lead in third period and Flames win in overtime

    Kings lose lead in third period and Flames win in overtime

    From the current captain to the previous one, the Kings had skilled hands to steer their ship. Then it hit the turbulent waters that is the Kings’ rivalry with the Calgary Flames. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown led a comeback from a two-goal deficit, but the Kings let a point slip from their grasp...

  • Kings will honor former broadcaster Bob Miller with a statue outside Staples Center

    Kings will honor former broadcaster Bob Miller with a statue outside Staples Center

    Hall of Fame former Kings broadcaster Bob Miller will be the latest local icon to have a statue outside Staples Center. The statue will be unveiled before a Jan.13 game against the Ducks, the Kings announced Wednesday. Miller will be the third person from the Kings to have a statue in the plaza...

  • Kings building trust early under new coach John Stevens

    Kings building trust early under new coach John Stevens

    “Trust falls” were not part of the team bonding activities for the Kings this week, although one exercise hit a similar note. They were instructed to help each other over a four-foot-high rope, one by one, without touching it, which left the last person stranded. Solution? “Dustin Brown ended up...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 win over the Sharks

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 win over the Sharks

    Faster. Stronger. Better. Quick-er. To say the Kings looked like a different team than past outfits is an understatement after a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks. They look looser offensively while not surrendering their defensive principles. Their top line dominated and so did Jonathan Quick,...

  • Anze Kopitar scores twice in Kings' 4-1 win on the road against San Jose

    Anze Kopitar scores twice in Kings' 4-1 win on the road against San Jose

    The skeleton didn’t spring out of the jack-in-the-box this time. The Kings extracted voodoo here with some top-line punch, coupled with friendly bounces in an about-face from past debacles in this building. Anze Kopitar could do no wrong in scoring two goals. Dustin Brown skated with verve. It...

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  • Sabres pull away late to beat Ducks, 3-1

    Sabres pull away late to beat Ducks, 3-1

    Cam Fowler fired the puck with all of his 215 pounds leaning into the slapper. Unfortunately, the puck was directed at the boards, after Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson iced the game with an empty-net goal to make the final score 3-1. With four of their first six games at home, the Ducks had...

  • Ducks' Ryan Miller nears return as John Gibson contends with 'freak' injury

    Ducks' Ryan Miller nears return as John Gibson contends with 'freak' injury

    John Gibson is injured, but help could be on the way. Ryan Miller, the Ducks' No. 2 goaltender, is "very close" to returning, coach Randy Carlyle said. The 37-year-old has yet to make his Ducks debut as he deals with an upper-body injury suffered during the preseason. Miller signed a two-year,...

  • Ducks are getting pretty acquainted with the penalty box

    Ducks are getting pretty acquainted with the penalty box

    The Ducks can’t stay out of the penalty box. They incurred 16 penalty minutes in Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Avalanche in Colorado, with five minors in the first period. Four of those first-period penalties were slashing minors, keeping with the new league crackdown on stick infractions that “seem...

  • Ducks suffer 3-1 loss to red-hot Avalanche

    Ducks suffer 3-1 loss to red-hot Avalanche

    Tyson Barrie had a tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Gabriel Landeskog and Nikita Zadorov also scored and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Ducks 3-1 on Friday night. Jonathan Bernier had 17 saves against his former team and Mikko Rantanen and Sven Andrighetto had two assists each for the...

  • Ryan Getzlaf ruled out of the Ducks' lineup against the Colorado Avalanche

    Ryan Getzlaf ruled out of the Ducks' lineup against the Colorado Avalanche

    Ryan Getzlaf is once again out of the Ducks' lineup. The captain missed the first two games while he dealt with a lower-body injury but returned for Games 3 and 4, and scored two assists in the team's 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday. However, he's injured again and was scratched...

  • Ducks hope to finally get off to good start so it's not all downhill against Avalanche

    Ducks hope to finally get off to good start so it's not all downhill against Avalanche

    The Ducks, no matter the opponent, continue to struggle out of the gate. Sure, they scored first Wednesday against the New York Islanders, the only time they’ve done so in four games this season. But following the first-minute goal, the Ducks were thoroughly outskated — and outplayed — over the...

  • What we learned from the Ducks' 3-2 win over the New York Islanders

    What we learned from the Ducks' 3-2 win over the New York Islanders

    The Ducks finally scored first in a contest, and though it still wasn't the start they were looking for, they earned a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday at Honda Center. Here's what we learned: Gibson continues strong play With backup Ryan Miller sidelined, John Gibson has received...

  • Ducks have a breakthrough with a first-period goal, then hang on

    Ducks have a breakthrough with a first-period goal, then hang on

    They needed four games, but the Ducks finally were the first ones on the board. And it only took 37 seconds this time after Andrew Cogliano collected a Josh Manson rebound and shot it past Jaroslav Halak. It still wasn’t the start Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was hoping for after the New York Islanders...

  • Ducks' Patrick Eaves could return Wednesday night against Islanders

    Ducks' Patrick Eaves could return Wednesday night against Islanders

    The Ducks could have another top-six forward back in the fold. Patrick Eaves, who was sidelined for the team’s first three games this season, practiced Wednesday and could make his 2017 debut Wednesday night against the New York Islanders. Eaves skated on the top line alongside Ryan Getzlaf (who...

  • Golden Knights provide catharsis for city trying to cope with tragedy

    Golden Knights provide catharsis for city trying to cope with tragedy

    A few blocks from T-Mobile Arena, where the Vegas Golden Knights played the first home game of their first NHL season, a sign was affixed to a fence bordering Las Vegas Village, where 58 concertgoers were killed and about 500 were injured by a barrage of bullets fired by Stephen Paddock on Oct....

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