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Los Angeles Kings Winning Streak Ends

February 26th, 2015 at 11:20 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings were shutout 1-0 by the Ottawa Senators at the STAPLES Center on Thursday night. The Kings eight-game win streak ended with the loss.

“Our defense was really slow moving pucks in the first period,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.” In the second we passed the puck to them, it probably should have been 2-1 them after that and then in the third we just couldn’t get the goal.”

Andrew Hammond, Ottawa’s rookie goaltender, started in his fourth NHL game and picked up his second straight and second career shutout, stopping all 35 of the Kings shots.

The Kings generated plenty of chances, but they couldn’t get a puck past Hammond.

“Jeff Carter’s line was really good,” said Sutter, “but after that it was pretty much zero output.”

Hammond, was called-up by the Senators because of injuries suffered by Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner; he hasn’t allowed a goal in his last 171:44 in net for the Senators.

During the second period the Kings scored a goal but the referee waived it off because he lost sight of the puck.

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Andrej Sekera Speaks to the Media for the First Time

February 26th, 2015 at 9:37 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

At tonight’s game, during the first intermission, newest Los Angeles King defenseman Andrej Sekera spoke to the media for the first time. Sekera will wear the No. 7 as a Kings. The last player to wear that number for the Kings was defenseman Rob Scuderi.

Here’s what he had to say:

In response to finding out about the trade:

“I had a day off, so I was sitting on my couch, watching TV, and I got a phone call that I was traded. I’m happy. I’m going to a great organization, a club that has had success in the last couple of years and belongs at the top of the league. I’ll just try to blend in, play the game hard, and try to help this team win as many games as I can.”

In response to his name being involved in trade rumors:

“You hear it, and you pay attention to it a little bit, but you never know where you’re going to end up. You carry out your business on the ice and whatever happens, happens. It’s part of this business. You get traded and you just have to move on.”

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Los Angeles Kings Place Alec Martinez on Injured Reserve

February 26th, 2015 at 8:39 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Alec Martinez on injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The move is retroactive to February 9.

Martinez, 27, sustained an upper-body injury, during the Kings 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this month. The injury came from a heavy shoulder-to-shoulder hit by the Lightning’s Cedric Paquette behind the Kings net.

Martinez has played in 45 games this season, registering 17 points (5G-12A), a plus-11 rating and eight penalty minutes.

“He’s day-to-day,” said head coach Darryl Sutter said about Martinez earlier this month. “He’s got concussion-like symptoms which don’t appear to be very severe, but we have to be careful and cautious.”

Martinez has not been practicing or traveling with the team and the last update was that he was using a stationary bike.

The native of Rochester Hills, Michigan has appeared in 248 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 72 points (28G-44A), a plus-34 rating and 60 penalty minutes. Martinez has played in 59 playoff contests, recording 16 points (6G-10A), plus-1 rating and 30 penalty minutes.

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Los Angeles Kings February 26 Update

February 26th, 2015 at 4:10 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings held practice in El Segundo this morning. Expect the same lines and defensive pairings the Kings have been using and expect Andy Andreoff, Derek Forbort and Martin Jones to be healthy scratches tonight.

Jonathan Quick left the ice first so he will likely start in his 16th consecutive game tonight against the Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. at the STAPLES Center.

Andrej Sekera did not make it to the morning skate due to weather but has arrived in Los Angeles and passed his physical earlier today. Whether he plays or not will be a game time decision by head coach Darryl Sutter.

“I think he’s very mobile,” Sutter said to reporters this morning on what he like about Sekera.”He moves the puck well. He’s played a little bit both sides. He’s familiar with some of our players. You know his character. It’s a good addition.”

Sekera joins the team knowing former Sabres teammates Robyn Regehr and Brayden McNabb, and his Slovakia national teammate.

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The Los Angeles Kings Playing Like the Champions That They Are

February 25th, 2015 at 10:39 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings are currently on an eight-game winning streak and playing like the Stanley Cup Champions that they are; strong defensively and with their star goaltender playing some of his trademark goaltending.

“I think it’s a combination of a little bit of everything,” Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford said to Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com. “Your goalie has got to be getting better. Our PK has been much better, and that comes off of faceoffs, play by your goalies, defending, that willingness to block shots. Just the combination of everything has kind of turned it around.”

The Kings have won a season-long eight consecutive games, the longest active winning streak in the league, and tied for the longest streak in the league this season. With the win the Kings marked the franchises 200th shutout win. Additionally, the Kings now have 46 points at home this season (20-6-6) continuing their best home start through 32 games in franchise history.

The Kings have now killed 20 penalties in a row, spanning six games.

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