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Kings Win Five, Back in Canada

Who hasn’t had negative things to say about the hungover Los Angeles team? Well-paved was the road to embarrassment, as they lost their first three games of the season.

Well, bite thine tongues, naysayers!

The last game the Kings lost was on Feb. 17 against the Blackhawks. That’s not the worst thing in the world, considering the Hawks record-breaking status this year. Since that game, L.A. has managed to earn five straight wins.

After humiliating the Kings earlier in the month with a 7-4 win, Anaheim sought to set up a rivalry between Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and new Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth. Fasth is not to be taken lightly. He won his first eight starts as an NHL player. But his winning streak was broken by the Kings, and future games between the hockey clubs will be interesting to watch.

In Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, Kings coach Darryl Sutter decided to start backup goalie, Jonathan Bernier, who has a .931 save percentage this season. The Kings trailed 1-0 for the first 40 minutes, but in the third period, Jeff Carter was able to tie things up, and Anze Kopitar scored the winning goal for Los Angeles.

March will be an exhausting month for the Kings, who are scheduled to play 17 games, which is not uncommon during this shortened season. They have managed to work their way up in standings and will hopefully be able to keep that momentum going.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck against Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on February 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 25: Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck against Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on February 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

Kings left winger Dwight King will be playing his first game as a new dad against Vancouver tonight. He and his wife welcomed Grace Emma King on Thursday afternoon.

The Canucks have two fantastic goalies in veteran Robert Luongo and Cory Schneider, but both have seen trouble on the ice. Most notably, Luongo let eight goals in during last Sunday’s game against the Red Wings. Center Ryan Kesler is out with a broken foot. Vancouver’s defenseman Kevin Bieksa has been contending with a groin injury but practiced with the team on Friday.

It’s a short season that has been hard physically on every NHL team.

Can the Kings make it six in a row? Tune in to tonight’s game and find out!

Lisa Dancel

Lisa Dancel

Los Angeles Kings Contributor at Hooked On Hockey Magazine
I'm an LA girl living in the greater Orlando area. After moving from one sunny state to another, I've never lost my love of hockey. Saturdays are spent at the rink, where my twin boys take lessons. I spend my Sunday mornings singing or otherwise serving at church. By day, I'm a paralegal; by night, I'm a paralegal who goes home. If you see me around, we should share a pitcher of beer. Dark brews only, please.
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