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After 2 in Ottawa: Kings 2, Senators 2

The Kings actually scored a power-play goal in the second period, something of an event for them after being blanked on the power play in their previous two games and three of the previous four. But their lead was erased with 55.3 seconds left in the period, when Ottawa’s aggressive play led to the tying goal.

Senators defenseman Chris Phillips was sent off at 7:02 for interfering with Dustin Brown, and the Kings took advantage at 7:52 to take a 2-1 lead. Justin Williams’ shot from the top of the circle changed direction before reaching Pascal Leclaire, and Ryan Smyth was credited with the deflection.

The goal was Smyth’s seventh but only his first with the man advantage.

The Senators matched that in the final minute of the period. Veteran Daniel Alfredsson aggressively took the puck away from defenseman Jack Johnson in the Kings’ zone, spinning Johnson around like a top. Alfredsson got the puck to Milan Michalek, who scored off a scramble in front at 19:04.

Through two periods the Kings had a 19-15 edge in shots and had a power play that will carry over to the third period.

More later at
Helene Elliott, in Ottawa

Kings after 2: San Jose 3, Kings 2...and some strange moments

San Jose’s top line of Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau produced some pressure but no scoring chances — but the Sharks’ fourth line managed to break through for a 3-1 lead at 12:33 of the second period. Scott Nichol scored it after pivoting from his backhand to his forehand and taking a 20-foot shot.

Then came the craziness.

Ryan Smyth captured the puck as it bounced off the end boards and tucked it inside the post — but San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic reached behind the goal line and cleared the puck away so quickly that the referee never saw it. Smyth raised his arms in celebration but play continued and didn’t stop until Torrey Mitchell rifled a shot through Jonathan Bernier’s legs at 14:46.

The announced sellout crowd of 17,562 went wild, thinking the Sharks had taken a 4-1 lead. However, Smyth’s shot was reviewed and was ruled a goal  —which means the clock was turned back to the time of that goal, 13:35, and Mitchell’s apparent goal was wiped out. That left the Kings facing a 3-2 deficit and left the referees facing a lot of boos and derogatory chants.

The Kings got a power play a few minutes later, after Jamie McGinn was sent off for high-sticking Michal Handzus, but they managed only one shot and no real threat.

More later at

Helene Elliott in San Jose

4 Ducks, 4 Kings make NHL All-Star ballot

The NHL released the All-Star ballot Friday, and the steady Kings and the newly surging Ducks each placed four names on the 100-name list.

For the 11-3-0 Kings, goaltender Jonathan Quick, forwards Ryan Smyth and Anze Kopitar and defenseman Drew Doughty made the ballot, while the high-scoring "core four" forwards from the Ducks made it -- Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have a league-high six players on the ballot: defensemen Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook plus forwards Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane.

Twenty-year-old center Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is making his first appearance on the ballot. He currently leads the league in goals and points this season, and his 51 goals last season tied him with Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby for the goal-scoring title.

Crosby also made the ballot. Here is a full list.

Voting, which begins Monday and runs through Jan. 3, will be entirely online -- including for the first time through Facebook ( -- and through mobile devices. Fans can select up to six players by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender –- without regard to the conference in which their teams play.

The three forwards, two defensemen and goalie with the most votes will be named first NHL All-Stars.

Oh, and fans will also have the ability to write in a player of their choice. Anyone for Ducks rookie defenseman Cam Fowler or forward Saku Koivu or Kings forward Justin Williams or defenseman Jack Johnson?

After the fans select the top six, the remaining 36 All-Stars will be named by the NHL from the list and write-in votes for a total of 42 All-Stars (three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards per team). In addition, 12 NHL rookies will be chosen by the NHL to participate in a skills contest for a total of 54 participants.

After the 42 have been selected, two captains will be chosen per team by the players. Then a draft will be held with all 54 during which the captains will draft the remaining members of their respective teams.

The All-Star game will be Sunday, Jan. 30, at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

-- Debbie Goffa




Kings after deadline: Notes and quotes from Kings' 4-1 victory over Nashville


Because there's some nice stuff here and because we know that Kings media relations whiz Jeremy Zager's grandma loves to see him get some publicity, we hereby present the quotes and factoids compiled by JZ and his crack staff:

Kings Coach Terry Murray

On the game: “We’re in a good position here with our start.  When you come out of the training camp that’s what you’ve worked so hard for, throughout the summer and throughout the training camp as we get ready to play games and to win games."

On poor starts to games last season:  “It’s been a big focus. It’s been something that was addressed the first day of the training camp when everyone arrived. You welcome everyone and hit on a few hot topics, and that was number one with the importance of it. I think that it proves out to be sort of the point, if you get off to a good start and get the first goal of the game and have a lead at the end of the first period, the percentages of games that you’re going to win is incredibly high.  Last year our percentage was .856 games that we won.  It’s a pretty amazing stat."

Forward Ryan Smyth, who became the 257th player to appear in 1,000 NHL games

On Saturday's game, which featured his teammates wearing mullet wigs in his honor during the warmups:  “It started off with a nice gesture with the boys bringing out their mullets, and it dated me a little bit, but it was awesome. The boys played well tonight. I thought [Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Scott Parse] started us off great.  They had some energy and gave us some life, and [we] just kept going.  Relentless.  [Jonathan] Bernier played strong.  It was great.  All around we had a lot of depth tonight and it was just nice to get the win.”

On playing in his 1,000th game: “It’s an honor.  It’s overwhelming.  I obviously still remember the first game, but it’s been 1,000 games.  You look back and there’s some great times, there’s some tough times, there’s sad times.  You go through so many different emotions throughout every hockey game, and obviously I can’t remember them all, but I’m just honored to play in the NHL.”

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Kings after two periods: Kings 4, Nashville 0


The Kings broke the game open in the second period at Staples Center and chased Pekka Rinne from the Predators' net. He was replaced by Anders Lindback after giving up the Kings’ fourth goal, by Jarret Stoll.

Ryan Smyth extended the Kings’ lead to 3-0 at 6:47 of the middle period on a goal like so many others he has scored during his career. Rob Scuderi took a shot that bounced around in front of the crease, and with Rinne by the left post Smyth fought for position and slipped a sweet backhander inside the right post for his fourth goal this season. Scuderi and Justin Williams got the assists.

Stoll made it 4-0 at 10:47 when he went to his backhand to roof the rebound of a Jack Johnson shot. The play was reviewed to be sure the puck had crossed the goal line, and a review affirmed that it was a goal, Stoll’s fifth this season. Johnson and Williams got the assists.

Defenseman Willie Mitchell played only two shifts in the period, raising the question of whether he's injured. The Kings haven't said anything yet but I'll pass along whatever information they dole out. Bet on it being either an upper-body injury or a lower-body injury.

--Helene Elliott

Photo: Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier stops a shot as teammate Matt Greene and Nashville's Jordin Tootoo scramble for the loose puck. Credit: Victor Decolongon / Getty Images

Kings after one period: Kings 2, Nashville 0

The Predators are usually a scrappy, competitive team, but they put up surprisingly little resistance in the first period Saturday at Staples Center as the Kings took a 2-0 lead.

Anze Kopitar scored first, at 4:11, on a well-executed goal off the rush. Dustin Brown sent Kopitar in on the left side and he went wide on Cody Franson before letting loose a slap shot from about 35 feet out that sailed over Pekka Rinne’s left arm.

Brown made it 2-0 at the 13-minute mark. Scott Parse began the play in the Kings’ zone and made a cross-ice pass to Brown. Nashville defenseman Shane O’Brien was with him and Brown’s shot glanced off O’Brien’s stick before eluding Rinne.

Ryan Smyth almost joined the scoring parade at 15:05 with a point-blank chance but Rinne reached out with his glove and got his body in front of the puck to stop it.

The Kings had an 11-7 edge in shots in the period. Jonathan Bernier, making his fourth start, was rarely pressured.

More later at

--Helene Elliott


Kings' hair-raising tribute to Ryan Smyth

A very hairy morning for the Kings.

In honor of Ryan Smyth playing his 1,000th NHL game Saturday night, his teammates decided to honor him with wigs duplicating the mullet he used to wear.

Here's Jarret Stoll.


 And here's Drew Doughty, who took a moment to fluff his hair for full effect.



We'll have more later on the Kings' morning skate and their thoughts on Smyth.

By the way, Coach Terry Murray didn't wear the mullet wig, but he had a good excuse: He lived through the '70s and the bad hair.

-- Helene Elliott


Ryan Smyth, Alexei Ponikarovsky nearing milestones

One more note on the Kings before Saturday night's game against Colorado:

Left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky will play in his 500th NHL game, which is a respectable achievement. But he has a long way to go to catch fellow winger Ryan Smyth: This will be the 994th game of his distinguished NHL career.

Smyth, 34, is scheduled to reach the 1,000-game milestone on Nov. 6, when the Kings face Nashville at Staples Center. It's a moment he has long anticipated.

“There are three things I thought of, coming in the league,” he said. “Playing in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup — obviously everybody dreams of that — and playing 1,000 games. I think it’s an honor to be in the NHL, and I’m also flattered.”

He said his family will fly in for the game, with his wife making all the arrangements. “I’m looking forward to it," he said. "It should be fun."

Smyth has been the Kings' top scorer so far, with three goals and six points. He's averaging 20 minutes, 19 seconds ice time per game, second among the team's forwards only to Anze Kopitar's average of 20:41.

More later from the Kings-Avalanche game at the Pepsi Center.

-- Helene Elliott in Denver

Notes on the Kings' 3-1 victory over Atlanta

Some postgame notes from the talented Jeremy Zager, the Kings' supervisor of communications and broadcasting:

*Both wins by the Kings (2-1) this season have come in games they trailed after the second period.  Last season the Kings won eight times when trailing after two periods (tied for second-most most in the NHL).

*Ryan Smyth, who had two goals and an assist Tuesday, now has 158 career multi-point games (39 three-point games).  He is also 10 games from 1,000 in his NHL career.

*The Kings have killed 13 of 15 penalties so far (86.7%). One of those power-play goals was scored into an empty net.

*Prior to Tuesday's game, the last time the Kings had won their home opener at Staples Center was 2006-07 against St. Louis.

*The Kings are now 22-13-8 all-time in home openers.

*Jarret Stoll (1-1=2) and Justin Williams ( two assists) had multi-point games.

*Dustin Brown had eight hits Tuesday night. He also had eight hits Saturday in Vancouver.

*Defenseman  Willie Mitchell -- who earned his first point as a King with the second assist on Stoll's goal -- played a team-leading 24 minutes 47 seconds. 

*The Kings are three home wins away from 800 in the regular season.

The Kings are scheduled to practice Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.

--Helene Elliott



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