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Los Angeles Kings Fall 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks

October 8th, 2015 at 12:08 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings lost 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks in their season opener at the STAPLES Center on Wednesday night.

Jonathan Quick made 27 saves out of 32 shots. Former King, Martin Jones made 19 out of 20 saves in between the pipes for the Sharks.

“I was just trying to approach it like every other game,” said Jones on facing the Kings for the first time since he was traded on June 26. “It was exciting. I waited a long time for that game and we got a good result.”

Nick Shore tipped-in a shot from Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty at 1:49 in the first period.

Shore’s goal scored at the 1:49 mark of the first period marked the second fastest goal in Kings home opener history (fastest was :30 seconds by Pat Conacher, Oct. 7, 1995 vs. COL).

“I’ve been scored on before,” added Jones about Shore's goal. “It’s obviously not the way you want to start a game but I thought we showed a lot of character as a group by not letting that spiral. It could have easily done that, but I thought we did a great job coming back from that.”

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Martin Jones Returns to Los Angeles

October 7th, 2015 at 5:56 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

On June 26, goaltender Martin Jones was traded to the Boston Bruins, and three days later he was sent to the San Jose Sharks.

Tonight, the 25-year old returns to the STAPLES Center and will be the starting goaltender, facing the team he won the Stanley Cup with in 2014.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Jones said of opening the season in Los Angeles. “Those are the fun games to play in. Obviously our goal is to go in there and get two points, but I’ll try and have a little bit of fun when I’m there, for sure.”

Kings forward Tyler Toffoli, also known as one of Jones’ best friends stated that he wants to score against his buddy.

“I want to score every night, but it’d be nice to score on Joner, too.”

“I’ll do what I can,” Jones said in reference to what Toffoli. “Obviously it’s going to be fun to play the old team. Those guys will be trying to score on me, but it’s going to be fun to play against them, for sure.”

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Los Angeles Kings Season Opener Preview

October 7th, 2015 at 4:34 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings open their season tonight at the STAPLES Center against the San Jose Sharks.

“Good rivalry for a long time,” said head coach Darryl Sutter about opening the season against the Sharks. “If you look at the teams that’ve been really close, both have been really competitive teams in the conference and in the division always. I think there’s a lot of good match-ups internally in it – not just from a team standpoint, [but] from an individual standpoint. It’s always a match-up you look forward to, just because in some ways it’s been a bigger rivalry than Anaheim-Los Angeles, if you look at all the hockey they’ve played against each other.”

Last year the tightly knit Kings team was raising a championship banner during their home opener. In the 2014-15 season the team didn’t make the playoffs and faced a few off-ice issues. The team has lost four of its core players to other teams, retirement and termination (Jarret Stoll, Justin Williams, Robyn Regehr, Mike Richards), but they're ready to step up and be the championship team they were once again.

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Los Angeles Kings Final Roster Moves

October 6th, 2015 at 1:52 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a conditional seventh-round draft selection from the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Brian O’Neill, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Per the Kings :

O’Neill, 27, has not played a game for the Kings. He was originally signed by the Kings as a free agent in 2012. Last season he played for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (now the Kings ECHL affiliate).

The Kings have also placed forward Dwight King on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 3 and assigned defensemen Vincent LoVerde and Jamie McBain to Ontario (AHL), as both cleared waivers today. Goaltender J.F. Berube was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders.

Here is the official roster for the 2015-16 season:
Forwards (13)
11 – Anze Kopitar
12 – Marian Gaborik
13 – Kyle Clifford
15 – Andy Andreoff
17 – Milan Lucic
19 – Jordan Weal
21 – Nick Shore
22 – Trevor Lewis
23 – Dustin Brown
70 – Tanner Pearson
71 – Jordan Nolan
73 – Tyler Toffoli
77 – Jeff Carter

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Los Angeles Kings Guest Speaker Leaves Big Impact

October 6th, 2015 at 1:01 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, invited former NBA player Chris Herren to speak to the Kings players and staff members last week and left quite the impact after telling his story.

“It was pretty intense,” Tyler Toffoli said to Rich Hammond of the OC Register. “It definitely puts things in your head that are scary thoughts.”

Herren, 40, was once a basketball star but his life descended into 14 years of addiction. Previously he has talked about failing drug tests and abusing heroin before games.

“There were a couple times during the story when you could tell he had to hold back or he’d start crying,” Anze Kopitar said to Hammond. “That was very heartbreaking for everybody. He tells that story 150 times a year, and he still feels the effect, just like he’s telling it for the first time. It’s deep and very, very emotional.”

Herren has been clean and sober since 2008 and is now involved with The Herren Project, speaking to various groups of children and adults.

After the teams off-ice incidents this past season with Slava Voynov, Jarret Stoll and Mike Richards, Lombardi stated that it opened his eyes and the team would be better educating their players.

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