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October 20, 2016 11:10 pm - JonRosen

October 20 postgame notes

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 87-102-40 all-time against the Dallas franchise, a record that includes a road mark of 36-61-18. The Kings are 7-3-1 in their last 11 visits to American Airlines Center. These teams will also meet on December 23 in Dallas and January 9 in Los Angeles. -The 2016-17 Kings avoided becoming the first team in franchise history to lose its first four games. The 1969-70, 1985-86 and 2014-15 Kings also opened the year 0-3-0; all three teams won their fourth game. The 1984-85 Kings experienced the worst start in franchise history, going 0-6-3 (W-L-T) through […]

October 20, 2016 9:40 pm - JonRosen

October 20 postgame quotes: Martinez, Gilbert

Alec Martinez, on whether there was “relief” with the win: It obviously wasn’t the start we wanted, but I think this was a hard-fought game, it was really emotional, and there was a little bit of everything in terms of situations. I think that we can take the positive. I think this was probably the best 60-plus … [-minute] game that we’ve played all year, and I think the emotion was a big part that maybe was missing the first couple, and it was there tonight. Obviously it got a little chippy. There were a couple scraps, a couple fights. […]

October 20, 2016 9:24 pm - JonRosen

October 20 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter

On the team’s performance: It’s pretty much the way we’ve played other than one period this season. Just got a break to win. On the team’s ability to reclaim the lead during a heavy, emotional second period: Well, it’s supposed to be a physical game. I don’t think there was anything out of the ordinary. On the McNabb-Doughty pairing’s performance against Dallas’ top players: I thought our defensemen were better tonight. It’s not about a pair. When you’re on the road, you’re not necessarily into a pair. I thought that Muzz and Marty were much better tonight. On the team’s […]

October 20, 2016 5:34 pm - JonRosen

Game 4: Los Angeles at Dallas

Los Angeles Kings 4, Dallas Stars 3 Final – Overtime Radio Feed Preview Boxscore Ice Tracker SOG: LAK – 39; DAL – 20 PP: LAK – 1/6; DAL – 1/4 First Period 1) LAK PPG – Nic Dowd (1) (Tom Gilbert, Dustin Brown), 8:18 2) DAL – Radek Faksa (1) (Jason Spezza), 11:40 Second Period 3) LAK – Jeff Carter (1) (Tanner Pearson, Alec Martinez), 1:24 4) DAL PPG – Jamie Benn (2) (John Klingberg, Tyler Seguin), 5:00 5) LAK – Tanner Pearson (3) (Devin Setoguchi, Jeff Carter), 19:33 Third Period 6) DAL – Jason Spezza (2) (Tyler Seguin, […]

October 20, 2016 3:09 pm - JonRosen

In building confidence, Setoguchi’s game “slowly coming together”

Devin Setoguchi, who was expected to serve as a similarly skill-setted player to Marian Gaborik and capable of slotting as an option in the team’s top-six during the Slovakian’s absence, was placed alongside Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson in the latter player’s first game of the season on Tuesday. On his first shift, after Carter had won a faceoff, Setoguchi tied up defenseman Matt Dumba’s stick along the boards, allowing Pearson to pick up the loose puck, spin and beat Darcy Kuemper with an elusive wristshot that snuck inside the near post. He wasn’t credit with an assist – his […]

October 20, 2016 1:25 pm - JonRosen

Tight checking, zone time key against high octane Stars

The Dallas Stars have scored 764 regular season goals since Lindy Ruff took over as head coach prior to the 2013-14 season, 33 more goals than those scored by any other team over that span. For a Los Angeles squad that’s looking to improve its checking and continue to refine its detail in the wake of a 6-3 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday, that’s a significant challenge. “Yeah, they’re a high-powered offense, so the blue lines are really important against a team like this,” Dustin Brown said. “Making them play in their D-zone, they’ve been one of the higher scoring […]

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