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Ducks take down Penguins

With a nationally televised game against the defending Stanley Cup champions, this was the kind of performance the Ducks needed to show just what kind of force they could be. Their forecheck was strong. Their play around the net, relentless. And even though they fell behind early to a dynamic team...

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  • Kings trade goals with Predators in 4-3 loss

    Kings trade goals with Predators in 4-3 loss

    The dead silence lasted only momentarily, and it took on a somber tone as it came down in Staples Center. The last thing the Kings need is an injury to goalie Jonathan Quick. Not after last season was essentially lost when he went down in the opener. So the pall among the announced crowd of 18,230...

  • Halfway through season, Kings are reaching goals ... and scoring them, too

    Halfway through season, Kings are reaching goals ... and scoring them, too

    The plan that Kings coach John Stevens laid out before the season was ambitious but intriguing. Play faster to trigger scoring and maintain the stringent defensive posture so synonymous with the Kings. At the halfway point, Stevens isn’t quite handing out a satisfactory report card, but statistically...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 loss to the Flames

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 loss to the Flames

    The Kings went meekly into the Alberta night. They were better than or at least even with the Calgary Flames for two of three periods Thursday, but were wrecked by probably their worst second period of the season. They flew home with a 4-3 loss at Scotiabank Saddledome and with four points out...

  • Things get ugly for Kings in second period of 4-3 loss to Flames

    Things get ugly for Kings in second period of 4-3 loss to Flames

    Bleary-eyed and tired from perhaps the longest, ugliest 20 minutes of hockey this season by the Kings, Anze Kopitar got right to the point. “I think our second period was God-awful,” Kopitar said. “I mean, we didn’t make any plays. We left Quickie hanging. I don’t think there was a whole lot of...

  • Adrian Kempe is skating on solid ice with Kings

    Adrian Kempe is skating on solid ice with Kings

    Adrian Kempe doesn’t stay up at night thinking about it. There’s no point wondering about something he’ll never know. Would he have been considered for Sweden’s Olympic team if NHL players were allowed to play in next month’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea? “I think I’ve played well this...

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  • Southern California ice rink a West Coast home for elite skaters

    Southern California ice rink a West Coast home for elite skaters

    The limited number of ice rinks in Southern California and the competing demands of figure skaters and hockey players used to turn figure skaters into nomads in search of practice time. But The Rinks-Lakewood has provided a stable home for elite skaters and is the training base for U.S. men’s Olympians...

  • With the Ducks getting healthy, they should be able make a run for the playoffs after their break

    With the Ducks getting healthy, they should be able make a run for the playoffs after their break

    The Ducks suffered an astounding amount of injuries through the first half of the season, and somehow are within reach of a playoff spot. That’s a testament to the roster depth built by general manager Bob Murray and the attitude instilled by coach Randy Carlyle. The Ducks lead the NHL in man-games...

  • What we learned in the NHL over the past week of play

    What we learned in the NHL over the past week of play

    No coaches were fired in the first half of the season The NHL schedule passed the halfway point on Saturday and all 31 coaches still owned the jobs they had on opening night. Some appeared to be on shaky ground in the early going but turned things around, notably Alain Vigneault of the New York...

  • Even after loss to Predators, Kings go into their break on a positive note

    Even after loss to Predators, Kings go into their break on a positive note

    The Kings’ dressing room was closed for an unusually long time after the game Saturday night. That’s often a sign of a coach reprimanding his players. But in this case it seemed to be the opposite, judging by the positive outlook from the players and coach John Stevens after a 4-3 loss to the Nashville...

  • Ducks blow game against Flames 3-2 in final seconds

    Ducks blow game against Flames 3-2 in final seconds

    Dougie Hamilton scored with 16 seconds left to lift the Calgary Flames over the Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night. Hamilton took a pass from Micheal Ferland and tucked a shot past John Gibson to give the Flames their third straight win. Ferland and Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, while Mike...

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