LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights both accomplished their goals during their regular-season finale on Saturday night.
Vegas faces Los Angeles for division showdown
Vegas Golden Knights (43-31-7, third in the Pacific Division) vs. Los Angeles Kings (30-42-9, eighth in the Pacific Division)
Calgary Flames (49-23-7, first in the Pacific Division) vs. Los Angeles Kings (29-40-9, eighth in the Pacific Division)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the better part of five thrilling minutes in overtime, it was as if the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks were battling each other again in the 2013 and 2014 Western...
Kane and the Blackhawks visit the Kings
Chicago Blackhawks (34-33-10, seventh in the Central Division) vs. Los Angeles Kings (28-40-9, eighth in the Pacific Division)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid every disappointment in an otherwise miserable season, at least the Los Angeles Kings rule the Freeway Faceoff.
Captain Anze Kopitar scored the only goal in the...
Kings score 3 in third period, trip up Sharks 4-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Ferrell spent the second period of the Kings' game against the San Jose Sharks as part of the local television broadcast in his "Anchorman" character, Ron Burgundy. The...
Panthers score 3 goals in 2nd period, top Kings 6-1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau was at the perfect place at just the right time against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Toffoli scores 2 early in 3rd period, Kings beat Devils 5-1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Devils fans came to the Prudential Center to jeer Ilya Kovalchuk. The home team certainly didn't give them a reason to cheer.
Tyler Toffoli scored twice in 35 seconds early in the third period to spark the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 victory over the Devils on Tuesday night.
Toffoli, who had the overtime winner Monday against the New York Rangers, helped send the Kings to their third win in four games.
Toffoli’s overtime goal lifts Kings past Rangers 4-3
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have had a tough time winning this season.
Against the New York Rangers on Monday night, a late goal and a shot in overtime that clanged off the post helped secure a needed victory.
Tyler Toffoli scored 25 seconds into overtime as the Kings rallied to beat the Rangers 4-3.
Quick gets 301st win as Kings beat Penguins 5-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick got another memento to add to the plastic tub in his attic filled with pucks commemorating important achievements.
Quick stopped 38 shots to get his 301st win, leading the Kings to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night, snapping the Penguins' six-game road winning streak.
Quick tied Mike Richter for fourth place in career wins by an American goalie, reaching the mark in his 577th game and matching the former Rangers goalie's total in 666 games.
Quick, Kopitar hit 300th milestones, Kings rout Oilers 4-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick and Anze Kopitar have been teammates since they were drafted together 13½ years ago by the Los Angeles Kings, so the synchronicity of their milestone achievements Saturday night just felt right.
And though 300 is a nice, round number, they were even more excited about a sharp win that propelled the Kings out of the NHL cellar.
Howard makes 42 saves, Red Wings beat Kings 3-1
DETROIT (AP) — Jimmy Howard spent the third period fending off shot after shot, but the Detroit Red Wings never seemed in much danger of losing.
They were already comfortably ahead by that point.
"It's nice to be able to go out there tonight and play with the lead," Howard said. "We bent but we didn't break."
Brown’s goal in OT gives Kings 2-1 win over Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings gave coach Willie Desjardins a victory in his return to Vancouver.
Brown scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift the Kings over the Canucks 2-1 on Tuesday night. Alex Iafallo scored for Los Angeles in regulation, and Calvin Petersen made 32 saves.
Brown’s hat trick helps Kings down Oilers 5-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big games from Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar have been infrequent for the Los Angeles Kings this season. On Sunday, the franchise's cornerstone players delivered against the Edmonton Oilers.
Dustin Brown recorded a hat trick, Anze Kopitar scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and had two assists and the Kings defeated the Oilers 5-2.
Jarnkrok’s hat trick leads Predators over Kings 5-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok's three goals sent many Nashville Predators fans home with a serious case of hat head.
Jarnkrok recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Predators to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
"That was a good night for him," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought he played terrific, forget about the goals, just the game in general. I thought he was really moving."
Petersen, Kings defeat Blackhawks 2-1 in shootout
CHICAGO (AP) — Cal Petersen returned to Chicago for a memorable first NHL start.
Petersen made 34 saves and stopped Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in a shootout, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night.
"Best feeling in the world," the 24-year-old Petersen said. "Obviously, the boys really battled hard for me.
"Just for it to end like that is really special. Probably the most fun hockey game of my life."
Kings center Anze Kopitar sidelined by illness
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar sat out the Kings' game Thursday night against the New York Islanders because of illness.
Kopitar has two goals in the Kings' first six games and is tied for the team lead with Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Iafallo.
Forward Tanner Pearson was active with Kopitar out.
Alex Iafallo, Ilya Kovalchuk push LA Kings past Detroit, 4-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Iafallo is starting his second season with the Los Angeles Kings on a line with a Hart Trophy finalist and a former No. 1 overall draft pick.
The former undrafted free agent realizes his extraordinary good fortune to be alongside Anze Kopitar and Ilya Kovalchuk, and he's determined to make the most of it.
LA Kings’ Dustin Brown out indefinitely with broken finger
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown is out indefinitely with a broken finger.
The Kings announced the extent of the 33-year-old Brown's first significant injury Sunday.
Brown was hurt during Los Angeles' preseason finale against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. He left the game in the second period shortly after getting his with a shot by teammate Anze Kopitar during a power play.
Kings hope to get over 1st-round playoff hump with Kovalchuk
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings made one significant addition during the offseason, but the question is whether it was enough to help them advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
While the top teams in the Pacific Division were busy, the Kings mostly stood pat. Their only major move was signing Ilya Kovalchuk, who returns to the NHL after five seasons playing in Russia.
Aging Kings look to contend in competitive Pacific
LOS ANGELES KINGS
LAST SEASON: 45-29-8, 98 points. Fourth place Pacific Division. Lost to Vegas Golden Knights in first round.
COACH: John Stevens (second season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: LW Ilya Kovalchuk
LOST: D Christian Folin, D Kevin Gravel, RW Tobias Rieder, D Jordan Subban, G Scott Wedgewood
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local):
New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
Hall beat out Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon in a contest between three first-time finalists for the award.
Hall finished sixth in the league with 93 points for the Devils. He is the first New Jersey player to win the Hart.
Hall, Kopitar, MacKinnon finalists for Hart as NHL MVP
NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar and Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
The winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL Awards shows in Las Vegas.
Hall had 39 goals and 54 assists, setting career highs across the board to lead the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings and their first playoff appearance since 2011-12.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brayden McNabb scored against his former team in the second period, lifting Vegas to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night that made the Golden Knights the first expansion team in NHL history to sweep its first playoff series.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned in another stellar performance, stopping 31 shots as the Knights finished off their fourth one-goal victory of the series. It was his second shutout of the series.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kings coach John Stevens told Dustin Brown last summer he could still be a 20-goal scorer in the NHL after failing to hit that threshold for five consecutive seasons.
In retrospect, Stevens might have undersold what Brown is still capable of achieving.
Brown scored his fourth goal of the game 23 seconds into overtime and the Kings moved into third place in the Pacific Division with a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
Taylor Hall had just scored two more goals in another big New Jersey Devils victory when his general manager asked him a simple question.
"I said, 'Taylor, what'd you get tonight?'" Ray Shero recalled. "He goes, 'We got two points is what we got.' He had a smile on his face. And I knew he was not going to say two goals. I knew it. We got two points."
Kings use 3 power-play goals to douse Flames 3-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strong power play and penalty kill can carry a team deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Right now, the Los Angeles Kings hope their special teams can do what it takes just to reach the postseason.
Anze Kopitar scored one of his team's three power-play goals, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves and the Kings moved back into playoff position with a 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
Kopitar scores 4 times, Kings cruise to 7-1 win over Avs
DENVER (AP) — Anze Kopitar was asked over and over about scoring four goals. All he wanted to do was talk about earning two points. That's the No. 1 figure on his mind.
"I'm playing for the guys in here. Our goal is to make the playoffs," Kopitar said . "That's all it comes down to."
Still, it was a pretty special evening for the Los Angeles captain.
It's not March Madness around the Red Wings these days — more like March Sadness.
The march toward the bottom of the NHL — and better odds to land the first overall pick — continued in earnest Thursday with a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
The loss extended the Red Wings' winless streak to eight games (0-7-1), with difficult road games in Anaheim (Friday) and Colorado (Sunday) left to conclude the weekend.
Kopitar and Kings hand Red Wings 8th straight loss, 4-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are goals struck so well it can be hard to see the puck until it hits the net. And then there are those like the game-winner in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-1 victory Thursday night over the Detroit Red Wings.
Kopitar and Kings hand Red Wings 8th straight loss, 4-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anze Kopitar broke a third-period tie with a fluke goal and the Los Angeles Kings beat Detroit 4-1 on Thursday night to hand the Red Wings their eighth consecutive defeat.
Los Angeles moved two points in front of idle Anaheim for third place in the Pacific Division. Paul LaDue, Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings, who are one point behind second-place San Jose.
Jonathan Quick made 20 saves as Los Angeles won for the sixth time in nine games.
Lewis returns to lead Kings past Capitals 3-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trevor Lewis is not the glamor player on the Los Angeles Kings. Not a star like teammates Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.
He is highly valued, though, and his worth was clear Thursday night when he returned to lead the Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
In his first game in two months, Lewis came down the far wall, took a shot, got the rebound and took another, and finally as the puck popped up as he skated by, he batted it into the net.
Campbell stops 41 shots in 2nd start, Kings beat Vegas 4-1
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the heat of a tight playoff race, the Los Angeles Kings turned to a little-known goaltender with one NHL start under his belt.
Boy, did Jack Campbell ever come through.
Campbell made 41 saves, Anze Kopitar scored his 27th goal and Los Angeles defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Kings rally late and beat Golden Knights 3-2 in overtime
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new kids kept having their way with the Los Angeles Kings — until late in the game Monday night.
Anze Kopitar tied the score with 10.8 seconds left in the third period and Dustin Brown delivered a power-play goal 3:14 into overtime, rallying the Kings to a 3-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights.
It was the first win for Los Angeles in three games against the expansion Golden Knights, who sit atop the Western Conference. The teams meet again Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Kuemper gets second straight shutout, Kings beat Coyotes 6-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings finally broke out of their scoring funk, though with the way backup goalie Darcy Kuemper has been playing, one goal was all they needed.
Kuemper made 27 saves for his second consecutive shutout, Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored on special teams, and the Kings beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-0 on Saturday night.
Kuemper, who has won three straight starts, hasn't allowed a goal in his last 170 minutes, 30 seconds of game action.
Power play pushes Kings past Rangers 4-2 to end skid
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Goals and power plays were in short supply for the Los Angeles Kings during their longest losing streak of the season. Three scores on three chances with the man-advantage in the second period against the New York Rangers were enough to get them back on track.
Tanner Pearson, Michael Amadio and Jake Muzzin each scored on the power play, and the Kings snapped their six-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Sunday night.
Kings win 8th straight, 3-2 in OT over Hurricanes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's more than one way to win a hockey game, and the Los Angeles Kings keep proving that.
Tanner Pearson scored 4:40 into overtime and Los Angeles edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night for its eighth consecutive victory.
It's the longest winning streak in the NHL this season, but it's not as though the Kings have overpowered teams every night. This was the second consecutive game in which they lost a lead in the third period only to win in OT.