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Goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save as ice flies into his mask in double overtime against the New York Rangers during Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014. While Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the L.A. Times his goalie hasn't suffered any setbacks after off-season wrist surgery, the team is being patient.
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For members of the Los Angeles Kings team success always comes before induvidual recognition and that is personified no better than in the team's two Stanley Cup banners. Having said that such an elite team is made up of truly elite players that have the potential to take home some NHL hardware at the end of the 2014-2015 season.
Brady Griffin-Hefford, front, wins a race for the puck along the boards against a Dennis GM Western Kings teammate during a practice Thursday night at the Kinsmen Arena II. - Star photo by Chris Quigley Brady Griffin-Hefford has probably gotten a few quizzical looks when he reveals the identity of his favourite National Hockey League player.
If we get enough likes on our Facebook page, Darryl Sutter promises he'll help you with your math homework. If you're like me, the first thing you think of when Tyler Toffoli comes up is this picture of Toffoli celebrating in the Stanley Cup after game 5. But there's a lot more to Toffoli than just baby-faced adorableness: his performance at the AHL and NHL levels over the last few years indicates a rising star.
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi fights tears as he talks about the Kings players during a rally at Staples Center in June. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi fights tears as he talks about the Kings players during a rally at Staples Center in June.
Tanner Pearson went from undrafted afterthought in the 2010 and 2011 drafts to first-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and playing big time minutes in the Kings' run to the 2014 in the proverbial blink of an eye. The Kings have hopes that there is an even bigger step forward for the former Barrie Colt this season.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick blocks a penalty shot from Ducks winger Corey Perry during the first period of Game 7 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs at the Honda Center on May 16. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick blocks a penalty shot from Ducks winger Corey Perry during the first period of Game 7 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs at the Honda Center on May 16. The NHL has banned players from using a "spinorama" move in shootouts or while taking penalty shots, taking an entertaining element out of what's supposed to be an entertainment experience for fans. The new ban was announced by the league Thursday as one of several rule changes that will take effect this season.
The Los Angeles Kings are a young team, with much of the core just entering its prime. They have two Stanley Cups in the past three seasons, and it's possible they could hoist another two over the next few years.
Drew Doughty was recently named the world's best defenseman by NHL.com , but he has probably deserved the distinction since a jaw-dropping postseason showing in 2012. His impressive resume contains two Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals, and he was at the heart of each of those triumphs.
Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a press conference before game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Every season there are NHL rule changes that get announced.
It's a pretty mixed bag: some good , some bad , some whatever . The biggest one to me is the elimination of the "got the puck first" exception when calling tripping penalties, although it's rather confusing that the exception stayed for breakaways, sort of .
Dallas needs Ryan Garbutt's energy and aggression to succeed in a packed Western Conference. However, as last season's playoffs demonstrated, Garbutt's tendencies towards recklessness also pose a major risk.
The Los Angeles Kings are less than a week away from opening training camp. A shortened summer leaves no shortage of questions as the quest to defend their Stanley Cup championship gets underway.
Jun 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman battles for the puck with Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford in the first period during game two of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Anton Stralman made it clear to the media recently that he is very angry at the New York Rangers for letting him walk in free agency this offseason.
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