June 4th, 2012
Preview: New Jersey at Los Angeles
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, June 4, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
With another bout of road dominance behind them, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves halfway to their first Stanley Cup championship as they host the New Jersey Devils in Monday’s Game 3. The Kings gained the upper hand in the best-of-seven series with identical 2-1 overtime victories in Games 1 and 2. Jeff Carter was the hero Saturday night as his turnaround wrist shot beat Martin Brodeur and improved the Kings to 10-0 on the road in the playoffs.
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ABOUT THE DEVILS: New Jersey players were saying all the right things after dropping a second straight heartbreaker, but history is clearly against the club as the series shifts to Los Angeles. Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1959 Montreal Canadiens have come back to win the Stanley Cup after dropping the first two games at home. Forward Ryan Carter, who scored in Game 2, says his team may not be as dominant away from home as the Kings have been – but it hasn’t been a slouch, either. “We’ve been a strong road team all year,” he said. “If we play our game we feel we can win on any sheet of ice, home or away.”
Outside of the early-season trip to Los Angeles, the Devils only ventured as far west as Edmonton, Calgary and Phoenix, all of which fall in the Mountain Time zone. They played the two other California clubs – Anaheim and San Jose – at home and also hosted the Vancouver Canucks in their only meeting this year.
ABOUT THE KINGS: Prior history benefits Los Angeles in at least one other way. Saturday’s win made the Kings just the fourth team ever to take a 2-0 lead in all four of their post-season series (1981 New York Islanders, 1988 Edmonton Oilers, 2008 Detroit Red Wings). All three of those teams went on to prevail in the Stanley Cup. Yet, despite having a sizable lead, Kings forward Justin Williams says he and his teammates aren’t settling in. “We’re not satisfied as of yet,” he said. “We came here and we accomplished what we wanted to do here. We won two games. Now we’re going to try to win in front of the hometown fans.”
1. New Jersey is just 1-5 in postseason series in which it has dropped the first two games, prevailing only against the Boston Bruins in 1994.
2. Eight different Kings have scored game winners so far in the postseason, led by captain Dustin Brown with three.
3. The Devils’ top three scorers – Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac – are a combined minus-12 in the playoffs.
June 3rd, 2012
Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup
KINGS 2, DEVILS 1 (OT): Jeff Carter’s goal 13:42 into overtime lifted visiting Los Angeles to a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
Following extended pressure in the New Jersey zone, Carter gathered the puck at the side of the New Jersey net, skated out to the top of the circles and wristed a shot that beat Devils netminder Martin Brodeur on the short side.
The win improves Los Angeles to 10-0 on the road in the postseason – and more importantly, sends the Kings back to California with a two-game lead in the best-of-seven as they seek their first Stanley Cup title.
Game 3 is set for Monday night at the Los Angeles Staples Center and you can still purchase Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup Tickets.
Trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes, the Devils finally drew even 2:59 into the third period. Ryan Carter situated himself in the high slot and redirected a Marek Zidlicky point shot past Kings netminder Jonathan Quick for his fifth goal of the postseason.
The teams exchanged chances until late in regulation, when the Devils missed a golden chance to even the series as Ilya Kovalchuk rang a shot off the crossbar with 19 seconds remaining.
Quick stopped 32 shots to preserve the win. Brodeur made 30 saves in defeat.
Moments after killing off a New Jersey power play, the Kings jumped in front on a great individual effort by Drew Doughty. The superstar defenseman stickhandled from his own zone to the top of the left circle before unleashing a wrist shot that beat Martin Brodeur inside his right arm.
The Devils looked to draw even but couldn’t beat Quick, who stood his ground during two separate flurries in front of the Los Angeles net.
Los Angeles and New Jersey traded quality scoring chances early in the second, with Quick stopping Anton Volchenkov on a tricky shot from the top of the circles and Justin Williams wiring a wrist shot at the other end that Brodeur snagged with his glove.
Dainius Zubrus nearly broke the New Jersey deadlock later in the frame, but his redirection from point-blank range sailed just wide of the net. The Devils enjoyed a shorthanded break moments after that, but Quick tipped a Zach Parise pass intended for Travis Zajac just out of reach.
Quick made the save of the game with just over five minutes remaining in the period, stretching out his right leg to redirect a strange deflection on a Kings clearing attempt with the edge of his skate.
GAME NOTEBOOK: This is the first time the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals have gone to overtime since 1951, when the Montreal Canadiens opposed the Toronto Maple Leafs. The teams split the games. … The Kings went just 29-66 on the road in the playoffs from 1967-2011. … Carter scored just four times in 72 regular-season games between the Devils and Florida Panthers. … The Kings improved to 4-0 in overtime in the playoffs. The Devils dropped to 4-3.
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May 31st, 2012
The Los Angeles Kings are on FIRE this year! The 1967 founded NHL team has never won a stanley cup and has only one other Conference Championship before this year and are just three wins away from their first Stanley Cup win ever. It was an unbelievable sports season for Los Angeles in the 2012 professional sports; both NBA teams made it to the finals and for a moment all three teams were championship contenders.
The Los Angeles Kings became the first team in the history of professional Hockey to win their first nine road games in a post-season. If they win Game 2 on Saturday at the Prudential Center versus the New Jersey Devils, the Kings will be tied for an NHL record of most road wins in a post season. It also means when they do head home to the Los Angeles Staples Center the Los Angeles Kings will be not only enjoying a home-rink advantage but will be encouraged by a 2-0 starting point.
Wednesday nights game Kings vs. Devils was an intense 60 minutes of non-stop nail biting that led the Kings to a 2-1 win that included once again overtime where the Kings stood to lose everything. However, even Devils coach said his team didn’t deserve the win against the Kings as the Devil’s only goal came from a lucky bounce off of Kings defensive Slava Voynov. The Kings have had a ferocious season with flawless transitions and quick breaks out of the box and of course star player Jonathan Quick always at the ready to make his big stops. Now Kings fans gear up as the Kings grind out one more away game before returning to the Los Angeles Staples Center at LA Live! Check out www.BarrysTickets.com for your Los Angeles Kings Tickets and all Sports Tickets today!
May 29th, 2012
Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup
It’s been a long season but finally the NHL is at its final home stretch, the Stanley Cup Finals.
The two teams that will be facing off in the finals are the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. Each team has defied the odds this post season as neither team had home ice advantage for any of its playoff series and neither was really given a legitimate chance at winning it all. Several weeks later and here both teams are, 4 wins away from the greatness they’ve been trying to achieve all season. Which team will win it all though?
During the regular season these 2 teams faced off twice back in October, once in New Jersey and once in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for the Kings, both of these games resulted in losses, however each team was completely different back then as the Kings had yet to acquire Jeff Carter and were still operating under former coach Terry Murray. The Devils on the other hand were still discovering who they were after an awful 10-11 season.
For the first time since 1999, the Stanley Cup will be won by a team whose captain is American as both the Kings (Dustin Brown, NY) and Devils (Zach Parise, MN) were born in the U.S.
The winner of this series will be the lowest seeded team since the NHL adopted the 16 team playoff format back in 1994 to win the Stanley Cup. Currently the lowest seeded team to ever win it all was the New Jersey Devils as a #5 seed.
If the Kings win it all they will be the 4th consecutive team to start the season in Europe and win it all.
The Kings have won an NHL record 10 consecutive playoff games on the road (dating back to last season) and will look to extend that streak as they will start the series off on the road in New Jersey.
The puck will drop at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Wednesday May 30th at 8:00 pm Eastern as the series will get underway.
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May 27th, 2012
Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup Final matches two teams that haven’t met for 7 months. This will be the first-ever playoff series between The Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. In the regular season, the New Jersey Devils defeated the Kings once in regulation and once in a shootout.
The Los Angeles Kings have geared up for a lengthy playoff series in every single round of the postseason, but they haven’t even had to play a Game 6.
New Jersey and Los Angeles met twice in the regular season, both games coming in October (13th and 25th). The Kings lost to the Devils, 2-1, in a shootout October 13 in Newark, having just returned to the United States after starting the regular season with two games in Europe. The Devils won, 3-0 at Staples Center, October 25.
One of many similarities between the Kings and the Devils is that their leading players have earned every last bit of their exorbitant paychecks. It is a challenging task with either club to point directly at a best player. Any which way your finger waggles, at minimum, 3 faces appear.
Leading the way on the ice and off it for both teams are American born Captains who, though they play very various styles, both lead by example and put work ethic at the forefront of every shift. Neither Dustin Brown nor Zach Parise will be caught coasting for a second of precious ice time. Hockey fans around the world will be mesmerized by two skaters who have never played for the sport’s greatest prize, but have played every game these playoffs as if the Cup awaits them at the final buzzer.
There is nobody hotter in the NHL than Jonathan Quick is in net for the Kings. Quick was a great goaltender during the regular season, but he’s taken his game to an additional level throughout the playoffs. During the 2011-12 season, Quick had a goals against average of 1,95, which has shrunk even smaller, to 1,54, during these playoffs. Both teams have elite goaltenders playing at elite levels right now.
Whoever won the 2012 Stanley Cup, the Devils or Kings, will be the lowest seed in the history of the NHL to do so. There’s no doubt that this matchup is between the two most popular teams in the sport. Kings have gone on a 12-2 rampage through the playoffs and earned a date with the Devils in the Stanley Cup finals, which begin Wednesday.
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May 23rd, 2012
Kings on way to Stanley Cup
Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime Tuesday and the Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time as a franchise. Jonathan Quick made 38 saves for the Kings and Smith had 47 stops.
The Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference final series.
Los Angeles took the best-of-seven series 4-1 and won its record 10th consecutive road playoff game, including two last year.
The Kings are waiting to see if they will face the Rangers or the Devils for the Stanley Cup.
The Kings Staples Center dates will be June 4th, June 6th and if necessary June 11th.
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(Photo by Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
May 22nd, 2012
The champagne and confetti were shelved at the Staples Center on Sunday when the LA Kings had their long awaited trip to the Stanley Cup Finals stalled after a 2-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Kings have so far made only one appearance in the Stanley Cup Championship Series since their debut in 1967. In 1993, Los Angeles, coached by Barry Melrose and led by legendary player Wayne Gretzky, entered the final quest for the Cup against the Montreal Canadiens. The Kings won the first of five games but went on to lose the next four, conceding the Cup to Montreal. They have never won a Stanley Cup in their 41 year history.
Doan had two goals, Mike Smith made 36 saves in his third playoff shutout, and the Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
Ray Whitney and Antoine Vermette had assists for the Coyotes, who escaped a series sweep by snapping the eighth-seeded Kings’ eight-game winning streak in front of long-suffering fans denied the chance to celebrate Los Angeles’ first berth in the Stanley Cup finals since 1993.
Phoenix was better from the opening faceoff, dominating an opponent that had been on an 11-1 run through the postseason. Doan scored on a power play in the first period and on a deflected shot in the second, silencing the crowd at the Kings’ first loss since April 18.
Los Angeles, which had a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, began the second period undaunted by its one-goal deficit. Lewis had the first big chance, skating to the front of the net, where his backhand beat Smith but went off the post. Shortly thereafter, Drew Doughty ripped a shot from the point that Smith saved, and then barely got his glove to the rebound before Anze Kopitar could punch in an equalizer.
The third period was more of the same for the Kings, who pulled goaltender Jonathan Quick for an extra attacker in the final minutes but could produce no magic. Quick finished with 19 saves.
Entering the post-season as an eighth seed, the Kings beat the top seeded Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs then the second seeded St Louis Blues in the second then won the first three against the Coyotes. The Kings are 2-for-23 on the power play in the series after Sunday’s 0-for-6 performance.
The Kings are surely the class of the West and the biggest surprise of the playoffs. But let’s not crown them just yet. Assuming they get past Phoenix, they still have to face either New York Rangers or the New Jersey Devils – both tough, disciplined and well-coached squads with outstanding goaltending. The over-achieving Kings will meet their match.
Game 5 is is on right now in Phoenix. Los Angeles is 7-0 on the road in the playoffs.
May 20th, 2012
The eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings will try to earn their first Stanley Cup Finals berth since 1993 when they host the Phoenix Coyotes today in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
The Los Angeles Kings have crafted one of the most dominant playoff performances in recent memory, leaving them a win away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 19 years. They’ll get their first crack at it Sunday afternoon as they entertain the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. A capacity crowd is expected at the Staples Center, which has already seen plenty of playoff action this weekend and could be the site of the Kings’ biggest win since 1993.
Given the way Los Angeles has played this postseason, it’s easy to forget that the club came into the Stanley Cup tournament as the eighth seed in the West. And yet, despite having to tangle with the top three teams in the conference, the Kings are just the third team in NHL history to take 3-0 leads in each of its first three series. Los Angeles failed to close out Vancouver at home, dropping Game 4 of its first-round series for its only loss of the playoffs. The Kings used home-ice to beat the St. Louis Blues in the fourth game of round two and will look to do the same against the Coyotes.
Little has gone right for Phoenix in the conference finals. After coming in on a high following a five-game elimination of the Nashville Predators, the Coyotes‘ vaunted defense has been overmatched by a deep, speedy Kings roster that has generated 116 shots through the first three games of the series. Coach Dave Tippett noted that his club took several penalties in the third period of Game 3 that perhaps shouldn’t have been called. “The game is turning a little dishonest and it’s embellishment by players,” Tippett said. “When it’s done well, it’s very hard for the referees, very hard
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May 12th, 2012
Kings Vs Coyotes
The NHL has quite a surprise on their hands with the Western Conference Finals as it features 2 teams nobody really expected to be here several months ago. Your two teams are the 8th seeded Los Angeles Kings and the 3 seeded Phoenix Coyotes.
Entering the post season the Kings finished only 2 points behind the Coyotes but thanks to league rules that state a division winner gets a top 3 seed, the Coyotes leapfrogged over several teams with more total points and were able to earn home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
The Kings lost their final 2 games of the regular season to the San Jose Sharks knocking them down into the 8th seed and giving them the task of having to knock off the top seeded Vancouver Canucks to advance to the second round.
The Kings started the playoffs red hot as they took the first 3 games of the series from the Canucks to take a 3-0 series lead. In game 4 however, the Kings stumbled as they lost to the Canucks to make the series 3-1. In game 4 the Kings were able to rebound thanks to a Jarret Stoll overtime goal which gave the Kings the series victory over the Canucks and propelled them to the second round to take on the second seeded St. Louis Blues.
Just like in the first round, the Kings had to open the series on the road and once again won both games on the opponents ice sending them back to L.A. with a 2 games to none lead. In game 3 the Kings were able to excite the home crowd as they won again, this time by a score of 4-2 to take a 3-0 series lead for the second straight round. Unlike in round 1 where the Kings were unable to close out the series on home ice, the Kings were able to defeat the Blues 2-1 in game 4 to send the Staples Center crowd into euphoria and advancing the Kings into the third round of the playoffs and a date with the Phoenix Coyotes.
During the regular season these 2 teams split the series at 3 games a-piece with the most recent game being a 5-4 shootout victory for the Coyotes back on February 21st.
Both of the goaltenders in this upcoming series have been red hot during the postseason as Jonathan Quick leads all active goalies in playoff GAA right now with a 1.55 GAA and .949 save percentage while Mike Smith has been almost as good sporting a 1.85 GAA with a save percentage of .946.
While it is expected that this series will be low scoring, it needs to be pointed out that the Kings are averaging 3 goals per game in the playoffs while the Coyotes are averaging 2.64 goals per game, so a high scoring game is not entirely out of the question. With the stellar goaltending however it would not be surprising at all to see one game end 1-0 and the following game be a 5-4 finale.
As of now it is unknown when the series will start, but you can bet that it will be an exciting matchup and ultimately will send a team from the Pacific Division to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2007 when the Anaheim Ducks represented the Pacific Division en route to their Stanley Cup victory
April 22nd, 2012
Kings Vs Canucks
Preview: Los Angeles at Vancouver
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 22, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
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The Los Angeles Kings will get another crack at their first playoff series win since 2001 when they visit the Vancouver Canucks for Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinals matchup on Sunday. Los Angeles built the first 3-0 series lead in franchise history but failed to eliminate Vancouver at home on Wednesday. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks, who welcomed Daniel Sedin back to the lineup after a 12-game absence due to a concussion, are looking to do what only three teams in NHL history have accomplished – win a series after trailing 3-0.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, FSN West (Los Angeles)
Many players are not happy about the three-day break between Games 4 and 5, but Jeff Carter is not among them. Carter missed time at the end of the regular season with an ankle injury but returned to the lineup for the start of the Vancouver series. After going three games without a point following a two-assist performance in the series opener, Carter is pleased to have more time to heal. “I think with the two days before the last game, and then the extra day here, it’s probably not an ideal situation, but for myself personally and for some other guys around here that are a little banged up, it’s nice to get a little extra rest,” Carter said. Kyle Clifford did some skating for two days but stayed off the ice Friday. Clifford, who was on the receiving end of a hit from behind by Byron Bitz, has an upper-body injury and is doubtful for Sunday’s contest.
Cory Schneider is likely to make his third straight start, leaving Roberto Luongo again on the bench. Schneider praised Luongo’s demeanor and approach to serving as backup. “He’s been great to me and great to the team,” Schneider said. “He’s handled this extremely well. He hasn’t said a word and he’s been nothing but a true professional and the great guy that he is.” Luongo explained his reason for not raising a ruckus. “Things change quickly in this league, so right now I’m just focused on Game 5,” he said. “That’s where my attention needs to be.” Much like Carter, Daniel Sedin must be happy to have three days off. Sedin, who missed 12 games with a concussion, returned for Game 4 and notched an assist. “The fact we’ve got three days in between games here is going to permit Danny to get up to his speed,” coach Alain Vigneault said.
1. Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders and 2010 Philadelphia Flyers have overcome a 3-0 deficit.
2. The Canucks have lost six of their last eight conference quarterfinal games.
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