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Milan Lucic, as expected, signs with Edmonton

All the talk about NHL belt tightening and cost containment turned out to be just that — talk. The action started early on the opening day of NHL free agency — think Black Friday at the mall — and by the time the first hour passed, teams had spent $335 million on free agents. As expected, free...

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  • Arizona teen Auston Mathews is expected to be the first pick in NHL draft

    Arizona teen Auston Mathews is expected to be the first pick in NHL draft

    A few days after the NHL expanded to the non-traditional hockey city of Las Vegas, a player from the non-traditional hockey city of Scottsdale, Ariz., is expected to be chosen No. 1 in the league’s annual entry draft. Creative and powerful center Auston Matthews, whose career was inspired by the...

  • On a day Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar win major awards, biggest news for Kings is Milan Lucic's likely departure

    On a day Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar win major awards, biggest news for Kings is Milan Lucic's likely departure

    The Kings’ likely loss of left wing Milan Lucic to free agency overshadowed their triumphs Wednesday at the NHL awards show, where Drew Doughty won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and center Anze Kopitar won the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward and the Lady Byng for sportsmanship...

  • Kings and Ducks schedules released

    Kings and Ducks schedules released

    The Kings will open their 50th anniversary season on Oct. 12 at San Jose, make their Staples Center debut Oct. 14, and will take a season-long nine-game trip in December, according to the 2016-17 schedule released Tuesday by the NHL. The Ducks will open on the road for the seventh straight season,...

  • Anze Kopitar replaces Dustin Brown as Kings' captain

    Anze Kopitar replaces Dustin Brown as Kings' captain

    Center Anze Kopitar replaced right wing Dustin Brown as captain of the Kings on Thursday, an acknowledgement of Brown’s diminished role on a team that has stumbled the past two seasons after winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. Kopitar will be the 14th captain in the club’s history. Brown...

  • Midseason changes sparked run that carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship

    Midseason changes sparked run that carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship

    The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup triumph is good news for teams  built around speed and youth but it might be bad news for coaches who have been entrenched in one place for a while. When things were looking dim for the Penguins around mid-season, General Manager Jim Rutherford changed coaches...

  • Stanley Cup preview: How the Penguins and Sharks match up

    Stanley Cup preview: How the Penguins and Sharks match up

    PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 48-26-8, 104 points SAN JOSE SHARKS 46-30-6, 98 points. How they got here: The Penguins defeated the New York Rangers in five games, the Washington Capitals in six, and the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven. The Sharks defeated the Kings in five games, the Nashville Predators in...

  • Penguins, Sharks survive to reach Stanley Cup final

    Penguins, Sharks survive to reach Stanley Cup final

    Two teams that appeared to be in disarray not so long ago have emerged from the harsh wilderness of the Stanley Cup playoffs to reach the final, and who doesn’t like a story about redemption, regrouping and bushy playoff beards? The San Jose Sharks, who have accomplished more than ever when the...

  • Kings' Jake Muzzin added to Team Canada for World Cup

    Kings' Jake Muzzin added to Team Canada for World Cup

    Final additions to rosters for the World Cup of Hockey, announced Friday by the eight participating teams, gave the Kings and the Ducks six representatives each in the tournament, which will be played Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.  Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin was a surprise addition to Team Canada,...

  • Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

    Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

    There were smiles and polite words about group leadership, and the coach said the captain had been asked to relinquish his position to a teammate and, as “a gentleman,” he had agreed to do so. Was this all about Kings captain Dustin Brown stepping aside for his friend and teammate, $80-million...

  • L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    Spring is waning, summer is coming, nine grueling months in a classroom are ending, and the annual questions have arrived. So, how was your school year? Pass some big tests? Take some cool field trips? Make some new friends? Learn anything? See the most-read stories in Sports this hour>> For Los...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 6-3 loss to the Sharks

    What we learned from the Kings' 6-3 loss to the Sharks

    A few more takeaways before the Kings move on -- not to the second round, but to a long spring and summer of off-season issues after a first-round loss to San Jose. Inability to establish a lead Too often in the series, the Kings gave up goals early. In five games, they ended up leading for just...

  • Three keys to the Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    Three keys to the Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    Here are three keys from the Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks: 1.) Another slow start: San Jose scored the first goal in the final four games of the series. The Sharks took the crowd out of this one, quickly, by scoring 68 seconds into it. 2.) Regaining momentum: The Sharks’ Patrick Marleau...

  • Nothing the Kings did was quite good enough this season

    Nothing the Kings did was quite good enough this season

    A handshake instead of another Stanley Cup championship. A season ended with a beautiful but brief tease and a first-round playoff exit. What had the makings of another epic rally against a familiar foe ended Friday with the Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks, pushing them into an off-season...

  • Kings eliminated from playoffs by San Jose Sharks in 6-3 loss

    Kings eliminated from playoffs by San Jose Sharks in 6-3 loss

    The year started off so promisingly for the Kings. They were motivated, healthy and rested after a 2014-15 season in which they uncharacteristically missed the playoffs. All of the summer's main distractions — starting with Slava Voynov's departure to Russia — were well behind them by the start...

  • With Los Angeles Kings on brink of playoff elimination, Coach Darryl Sutter criticizes officiating

    With Los Angeles Kings on brink of playoff elimination, Coach Darryl Sutter criticizes officiating

    The many personalities of Kings Coach Darryl Sutter generally surface at some point in a playoff series, and Thursday a new one popped up. It was "Send-A-Message Darryl." In addressing the larger issue of special teams play in the first-round series against the San Jose Sharks, Sutter argued tha...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    A few more takeaways before the Kings prepare for an elimination Game 5 on Friday in Los Angeles. The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series, three games to one. The Kings’ best players need to step it up So far, the Sharks’ Big Three -- Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Brent Burns -- have been the...

  • Three keys in the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 4

    Three keys in the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 4

    The Sharks took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series Wednesday night, beating the Kings, 3-2, at the SAP Center. Here are three keys from the Sharks win over the Kings: 1. Sharks power play: San Jose adjusted after going 0 for 5 on the power play in Game 3. The Sharks were a force on the power...

  • Sharks use power-play goals to beat Kings, 3-2, take 3-1 lead in series

    Sharks use power-play goals to beat Kings, 3-2, take 3-1 lead in series

    You could say the view up the mountain isn't quite as dire for the Kings as it was two years ago. Degree of dire. That might be nitpicking The Kings are facing another massive deficit after the San Jose Sharks beat them, 3-2, on Wednesday night at SAP Center in Game 4 of their first-round playoff...

  • Tanner Pearson nearly put Kings in a hole before reviving their playoff hopes against Sharks

    Tanner Pearson nearly put Kings in a hole before reviving their playoff hopes against Sharks

    It felt disastrous for Tanner Pearson and the Kings late in Game 3 against the San Jose Sharks. Pearson inadvertently shot the puck over the glass, leading to a delay-of-game penalty with 5 minutes 56 seconds remaining in regulation in a tie score. It was a long and decidedly unnerving stay in...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 victory over San Jose

    What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 victory over San Jose

    A few more takeaways before moving on to Wednesday’s Game 4 here in San Jose. San Jose leads the first-round playoff series, two games to one. Game 3 = overtime Yes, the third game of the playoffs in a series between the Kings and the Sharks is bound to head to overtime. This was the fourth time...

  • Tanner Pearson's overtime goal gives Kings a 2-1 win and new life in playoff series against Sharks

    Tanner Pearson's overtime goal gives Kings a 2-1 win and new life in playoff series against Sharks

    The Kings kept insisting that this playoff series against the San Jose Sharks was far closer than the overall picture indicated. On Monday, their actions backed up their words. With a 2-1 victory in Game 3, the Kings cut their series deficit in half and avoided facing the specter of an elimination...

  • Three keys to Kings' 2-1 victory over Sharks in Game 3

    Three keys to Kings' 2-1 victory over Sharks in Game 3

    The Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks, 2-1, on Tanner Pearson's overtime goal at the SAP Arena in Game 3 of their first-round playoff matchup. Here are three keys to the Kings victory: 1. Special teams: The Kings' penalty killers were busy throughout and tired by the end. San Jose, which was ranked...

  • Kings hope to find shooting accuracy after falling behind, 2-0, to Sharks

    Kings hope to find shooting accuracy after falling behind, 2-0, to Sharks

    A sign of just how seriously the Kings are taking their 2-0 deficit in their series against the San Jose Sharks: On Sunday, a day off in the series, the Kings met for 45 minutes at their practice facility and then went on the ice for a brisk 20-minute skate to shake out the cobwebs. Normally, in...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Sharks

    What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Sharks

    A few more takeaways before the playoff series moves north, to San Jose, for Game 3 on Monday. The Kings trail, 2-0, in the best-of-seven series. Gaborik should make an impact  It all seemed there for the skilled winger, except for the finishing touch. Marian Gaborik played his first game since...

  • Sharks again outplay Kings, who vow to push back while facing 2-0 series deficit

    Sharks again outplay Kings, who vow to push back while facing 2-0 series deficit

    Sharks goaltender Martin Jones had finished a long round of interviews and was headed back to his stall in the visitors' locker room after San Jose's 2-1 playoff victory over the Kings on Saturday at Staples Center when he found one last person waiting for him, someone he couldn't ignore. Chris...

  • Three keys to the Kings' 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    Three keys to the Kings' 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    Taking a look at three keys to the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Sharks in Game 2 on Saturday: 1. After saying they took too many penalties in Game 1 and couldn’t repeat that, the Kings took too many penalties and paid for it. Milan Lucic was penalized for charging and Tyler Toffoli for roughing at 8:14...

  • It's too little and too late for 0-2 Kings

    It's too little and too late for 0-2 Kings

    Marian Gaborik didn't exactly ride to the rescue Saturday night upon his return to the Kings' lineup. Playing for the first time since injuring his right knee back on Feb. 12, the goal-scoring hero of the Kings' 2014 playoff couldn't immediately find his finishing touch against a resilient San...

  • Sharks feeling at home on the road in playoff series against the Kings

    Sharks feeling at home on the road in playoff series against the Kings

    San Jose Sharks Coach Peter DeBoer graciously credited his predecessor, Todd McLellan, for constructing a potent power play, which was a key asset to the team during the regular season and produced one goal in the Sharks’ 4-3 victory over the Kings on Thursday in the opener of the teams’ first-round...

  • Kings might have Marian Gaborik in lineup for Game 2 against the Sharks

    Kings might have Marian Gaborik in lineup for Game 2 against the Sharks

    If all goes well, Kings winger Marian Gaborik could be playing against the San Jose Sharks in Game 2, which would be his first action since spraining his right knee on Feb. 12. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said on Saturday morning that Gaborik has been “medically cleared,” and the decision will be...

  • Kings' Drew Doughty ready to play big minutes in Game 2

    Kings' Drew Doughty ready to play big minutes in Game 2

    One of the questions Kings defenseman Drew Doughty faced Friday had to do with carving out time to rest during the long and grinding playoff road. That was more appropriate than usual. Doughty had better get ready to play Doughty-esque minutes — meaning, a lot — the rest of the series against the...

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