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Sharks get to Jonathan Quick, Kings early, hang on for 6-3 Game 1 Win

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The Sharks' relentless forecheck did not make it an easy night for Jonathan Quick. (Nick Lust/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Sharks’ relentless forecheck did not make it an easy night for Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Asked before the game what it would take the upend the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose’s Joe Thornton said simply, “Score some goals on Quick.”

The Sharks did just that, beating Jonathan Quick three times in the first period on the way to a 6-3 win in their series opener on Thursday night.

Thornton got the hosts on the board just 3:06 in with a deft deflection of a Joe Pavelski backhander, but it was a pair of goals from rookie Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau in the final 52 seconds of the frame that set the stage for a rout.

The Sharks built their lead up to 5-0 in the second, sending Quick to the showers after 40 minutes. And while the Kings rallied with three goals to make the score interesting in the third, the end result was never really in doubt.

Here are some observations after tonight’s contest and a look ahead to Sunday’s Game 2.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

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    Joe Thornton (left) and Drew Doughty are both crucial figures in a potentially thrilling first round California series. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

    Joe Thornton (19) and Drew Doughty (8) are crucial figures in a possibly thrilling first-round series. (Getty Images)

    By Gabriel Baumgaertner

    Regular Season recaps

    Wed. Oct. 30: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3 (OT)

    Wed. Nov. 27: San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2 (SO)

    Thu. Dec. 19: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1

    Mon. Jan. 27: Los Angeles 1, San Jose 0

    Thu April 3: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1

    Notable injuries

    Kings: Drew Doughty (upper-body, day-to-day), Dwight King (undisclosed)

    Sharks: Raffi Torres (knee, doubtful), Scott Hannan (head, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • Jonathan Quick of L.A. Kings surprises big fan on “Ellen” TV show

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    By Allan Muir

    Daniel Clarke Bouchard doesn’t seem like the sort of kid who is at a loss for words very often.

    The 12-year-old Montreal native is a piano prodigy who already has played Carnegie Hall and he’s blessed with an outsized personality that’d stop Will Smith in his tracks. Both of those gifts were on display when he performed recently on Ellen.

    But Bouchard isn’t one of those kids who does nothing but tinkle the ivories all day. In his spare time, he straps on the pads and step between the pipes like so many other kids in Montreal. Unlike those kids, though, he’s not dreaming of playing like Carey Price. His hero is Jonathan Quick, something that Ellen was made aware of ahead of Bouchard’s spot on her show.

    And that’s what led to that speechless moment.

    Pretty awesome.


  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Drew Doughty of Kings leaves game vs. Sharks with upper-body injury

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    By Darian Somers

    It looked like a harmless play, but Kings defenseman Drew Doughty left Thursday’s game against San Jose with an upper-body injury. He was not expected to return, according to Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times.

    Doughty hit Sharks forward Tyler Kennedy and immediately slowed up, bending over and making his way to the Kings’ bench before leaving the game.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • VIDEO: Jonathan Quick makes case for Save of the Year with scorpion kick

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    By Nick Stoico

    On the same night where legendary netminder Dominik Hasek was honored in Buffalo after a stellar career full of ridiculous saves, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick did his best “Dominator” impression against the Jets.

    Known for producing highlight-reel saves, Quick was sprawled on the ice and somehow was able to keep the Jets off the board as they pressed late in the third period while making a stop reminiscent of Martin Brodeur in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.
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  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • Jeff Carter of L.A. Kings answers boos with goal in return to Philadelphia

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    Ex-Flyers Mike Richards (left) and Jeff Carter had a successful trip to Philadelphia. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    Ex-Flyers Mike Richards (left) and Jeff Carter had a successful visit to Philadelphia. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    Jeff Carter was traded by the Philadelphia Flyers to Columbus in 2011. Eight months later, the Blue Jackets flipped the forward  to the Los Angeles Kings. Tonight, due to the lockout shortened schedule that precluded Eastern and Western Conference teams from meeting during the 2012-13 regular season, he finally returned to the Wells Fargo Center in Philly for the first time.

    The trade to Columbus was unwanted, as Carter had just signed a long-term deal with the Flyers, but the Philly faithful still felt inclined to give him all they had and they gave him the Zach Parise treatment, booing every time he touched the puck.

    Carter responded by opening the scoring early in the second period with this:

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Jonathan Quick sets Kings’ franchise wins record by shutting out Panthers

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    Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for his 30th career shutout, just two behind Rogie Vachon for the Kings' all-time mark. (Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

    Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for his 30th career shutout, just two behind Rogie Vachon for the Kings’ all-time mark. (Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

    By Mike McMahon

    With a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick surpassed Rogie Vachon on the franchise’s all-time wins list with 172.

    Quick, 28, eclipsed the mark in 62 fewer appearances than Vachon, who did not have the benefit of overtime or shootouts to reach 171 victories. Vachon still holds the team mark with 32 career shutouts, though Quick notched his 30th blankin in the record-setting win.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Kings to don throwback uniforms for Legends Night series in 2014-15

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    By Darian Somers

    The Kings are going back their pre-Gretzky days.

    According to LAKingsInsider.com, the team will wear throwback uniforms from the franchise’s early seasons for a number of “Legends Nights” next season.

    Mirroring the purple-and-yellow scheme of the NBA’s L.A. Lakers, the Kings wore gold-themed jerseys from 1967 to 1980, before adding more purple in 1980-81. The Kings changed to a black-and-white scheme in 1988, the same year that Wayne Gretzky arrived in Hollywood. The team has since played mix-and-match with the four colors, right up to its most recent redesign.

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  • Published On Mar 12, 2014
  • Jordan Nolan suspended one game for throwing sucker punch at Jesse Joensuu

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    It was a busy night for the penalty box in the Kings-Oilers game. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    It was a busy night in the penalty boxes as the Kings and Oilers mixed it up. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    The NHL announced on Monday that the Kings forward Jordan Nolan has been suspended for one game due to his sucker punch of Edmonton’s Jesse Joensuu in just one of the heated incidents that broke out during Sunday night’s game.

    After a scrum in front of the Kings’ net, Nolan and Joensuu scuffled in what appeared to be a common post-whistle exchange. Then, out of nowhere, as officials began to separate the group, Nolan threw a cheap shot at Joensuu — a punch in the face while the Oiler winger wasn’t looking, then tried to throw two more hits before he was stopped. Nolan was assessed a double-minor for roughing and Joensuu was given two for cross-checking Nolan.

    Jordan Nolan punches Jesse Joensuu (GIF by Darian Somers)

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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Sam Gagner trade talks cool between Kings and Oilers

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    Oilers center Sam Gagner may now be bound for the Nashville Predators. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    The Kings have established themselves as one of the toughest, stingiest teams in the league, but with just 12 goals in their last 10 games, they have a pretty clearly defined need heading into the March 5 trade deadline.

    Prior to the Olympic break, it seemed as though they’d found a potential partner in the Oilers, a team that was willing to deal skilled center Sam Gagner for a package of young talent.

    But a report out of Los Angeles suggests that the Kings’ ardor for Gagner, a former first rounder, has cooled. “Things always have a way of changing, but it now appears doubtful that the Kings will resume their pursuit of Gagner,” Lisa Dillman writes.

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  • Published On Feb 18, 2014


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