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2014 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks push L.A. Kings to brink with 4-3 OT win

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By Allan Muir

Rallying from two disastrous efforts in San Jose, the Kings threw everything they had at the Sharks in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

It wasn’t enough.

San Jose’s Patrick Marleau ended a back-and-forth thriller at 6:20 of overtime with a harmless looking backhander that deflected off the stick of L.A. defenseman Slava Voynov and over the shoulder of goalie Jonathan Quick to seal a 4-3 win. The Sharks now have a 3-0 stranglehold on their best-of-seven series and could close out the 2012 Stanley Cup champions on Thursday night.

The Kings answered the bell early in this one, tightening a porous defense, amping up their physical game and getting strong performances from Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards (a game-high 66.7 percent Corsi rating). But their inability to build on a pair of one-goal leads created by Carter and Jarret Stoll pushed them into sudden death. They had their chances there, too, pinning San Jose deep in its own zone and getting off the first five shots of the extra frame before Marleau administered the dagger that all but ends L.A.’s season.

Here are a few observations from this OT thriller, along with thoughts on what lies ahead in Game 4.

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  • Published On Apr 23, 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
  • 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
  • Jeff Carter earns coveted role alongside Sidney Crosby for Team Canada

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    Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings

    A veteran of the 2006 World Championships, Jeff Carter will be playing in his first Olympics. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Canadian fans have been scribbling Olympic line combinations for this year’s team on blogs and beer napkins almost since the end of the 2010 Games. Today, we finally got our first idea of how coach Mike Babcock envisions Team Canada taking shape when it debuts on Thursday against Norway.

    The team’s first practice in Sochi saw Jeff Carter in the coveted right wing spot on Canada’s top line alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. It had been speculated for a couple of weeks that the Kings’ sniper would get the first look if Steven Stamkos couldn’t go, so this isn’t a big surprise. Carter is a right-handed shot and one of the game’s best scorers, so he has the tools to fill the role. How long he stays there, though, depends on whether he can develop some kind of chemistry with Crosby.

    The other two units in today’s skate saw Jonathan Toews centering Patrick Sharp and Rick Nash, while Ryan Getzlaf was between John Tavares and Corey Perry.

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  • Published On Feb 10, 2014
  • Los Angeles Kings fail to repeat, but have pieces to contend next season

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    The Kings will have some roster decisions to make on key free agents,  but return plenty of talent to compete next year. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    The Kings will have some roster decisions to make, but will return plenty of talent. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Say this much about the Los Angeles Kings: They went out fighting.

    They scrapped their way back from what had to be a spirit-crushing 2-0 deficit n the first minutes of Game 5. They battled for the equalizer after Patrick Kane scored what looked to be the clincher with just over three minutes remaining in the third. And then they traded punches with the Blackhawks for more than 30 minutes of extra time before Kane drove home the dagger on a gloriously executed two-on-one with Jonathan Toews.

    They fell short of repeating as Stanley Cup champs, but this was a gutsy performance from a team that ends the season knowing it had completely emptied the tank.

    “It’s not easy to repeat, but we came in, we gave ourselves a good chance,” said defenseman Rob Scuderi. “We were stopped here in the Western Conference Finals, but overall I’m pretty proud of the team, especially considering tonight in that early 2-0 hole. It looked like we folded up shop and called it a season to a better team on home ice, but we battled back. We stayed with it, and at least we gave ourselves a chance.”

    The loss ended a streak of six consecutive playoff series victories for the Kings, adding up to 25 postseason wins over the past two years. No one should hang their heads after that. But questions about what went wrong — and what to do about it — are inevitable.

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013
  • Top Line: Hawks avoid epic failure; Jagr vs. Iginla showdown set; more links

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    Jonathan Toews scored one of two power-play goals that sparked Chicago's Game 5 win. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

    Jonathan Toews scored one of two power-play goals that sparked Chicago’s Game 5 win. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Blackhawks quieted talk of what an epic failure their season was on the verge of becoming…but only until Game 6.

    • Chicago’s first power-play goal in 13 tries turned Game 5 in their favor. Now it might do the same for the series.

    • The Red Wings now realize that a lack of discipline and poor penalty killing is hockey’s equivalent to going through life fat, drunk and stupid.

    • Detroit’s veterans are stressing that staying loosed but composed will be the key to winning Game 6.

    • After scoring his first goal of the postseason, a confident Jonathan Toews is ready to lead the confident Blackhawks into Game 6.

    • No need to worry about Boston’s fragile psyche after the Bruins rebounded from a bumbling Game 4 loss to clinch the series with an authoritative win in Game 5.

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  • Published On May 26, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Voynov lifts Kings over Blues 3-2 in OT; L.A. leads series 3-2

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    The largely unheralded Slava Voynov has now notched two game-winning goals in the series. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    This was the one that got away.

    Not that the St. Louis Blues really deserved to win Game 5 Wednesday night. If anything, the Los Angeles Kings played better in a contest in which they never trailed while the Blues struggled–again–to cash in on enough of their premium scoring chances to get the job done. But by coming back from a goal down not once but twice — including a last-minute game-saver by Alex Pietrangelo that sent it to overtime — it just felt like maybe this was the one that was destined to fall the way of a team that always seems to come up short this time of year.

    And then Slava Voynov, who already had one game-winner in the series, ended those hopes with a wicked wrister in OT, giving the Kings a 3-2 win and a 3-2 series lead.

    The Blues once led the Kings 2-0 in this series, but failed to put the champs on their backs by losing a pair of very winnable games in Los Angeles. Now, after letting this one get away from them, they face the daunting task of winning at the Staples Center, where they’ve lost seven straight, just to force a Game 7.

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  • Published On May 09, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Kings stun Blues with 4-3 comeback victory, even series at 2-2

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    If Anze Kopitar builds on Monday’s goal and raises his game, the Kings might recover. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It wasn’t long into Game 4 before the Los Angeles Kings felt the boots of the St. Louis Blues pressing down hard on their throats. After allowing two goals in the first five minutes, the defending champs faced the likelihood of a 3-1 series deficit and a return to the road, where they have lost eight straight.

    But it turned out that adversity suited them. With nearly a full game to play, they found another gear and took the game to a level that the Blues couldn’t match. And for the first time in the series, L.A.’s offense finally got on track, powering two comebacks in a thrilling 4-3 win that sends the series back to St. Louis knotted at two games apiece.

    Here are some quick observations from the series-tying win for the Kings:

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  • Published On May 07, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: St. Louis Blues take 2-0 lead as L.A. Kings’ Quick stumbles

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    Goalie Jonathan Quick made a key mistake in the Kings’ Game 2 loss to the Blues. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    At a glance, the play of Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick over the first two games of this series against the St. Louis Blues has lived up to the legacy of his Conn Smythe run.

    After a 40-save performance Tuesday night’s opener, he was at it again in Game 2. He made sliding saves, kick saves, glove saves and flopped around, Hasek-style, doing everything he could to keep the Kings in it.

    But for the second game in a row, it was Quick who let his mates down at the worst possible moment. And now the Kings find themselves in a 2-0 hole after a crushing 2-1 loss in Game 2.

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  • Published On May 03, 2013


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