James van Riemsdyk

Kings now in a good place after shootout win over Maple Leafs

Kings now in a good place after shootout win over Maple Leafs

Jarome Iginla has switched teams during the season before, so he didn’t need to be told what was expected of him when he joined the Kings on Thursday, 24 hours after the trade-deadline deal that brought him over from last-place Colorado.

“Honestly, just to work hard, to go,” he told reporters after meeting his new teammates. “Just to battle and just play hard. I think that’s the identity of their team.”

But if Iginla didn’t change the identity of his new team overnight, he might have helped change its luck. Because in his first game with the Kings, they got third-period goals from Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson to force overtime, then beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, in a...

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