LA Kings slow Blue Jackets’ roll with victory

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Ottawa defeated the New York Rangers 3-0  Marc DesRosiers, USA TODAY Sports March 28: Phoenix’s Rostislav Klesla aided the Coyotes’ 7-4 blowout against the Nashville Predators by tallying four assists.. The Coyotes used a huge first period to trounce the Preds, ending their seven-game losing streak.  Mark Humphrey, AP March 27: On the night Calgary traded star Jarome Iginla, there was some good news for Calgary fans.. Center Mike Cammalleri scored two goals as the Flames beat Colorado 4-3.  Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports March 27: Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder scored twice against the Bruins.. Montreal came back from a two-goal deficit to win 6-5 in a shootout.  Greg M.. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports March 27: San Jose center Tommy Wingels scored a goal and had two assists in the Sharks’ 4-0 win against the Ducks.. Wingels recorded three points for the first time in his career.  George Nikitin, AP March 26: Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain helped Evander Kane notch a goal when he scored on his own net.. Kane also added three assists in Winnipeg’s 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.  James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports March 26: Toronto alternate captain Joffrey Lupul was clutch when it mattered most.. Lupul scored two goals in the third period to lead the Maple Leafs past the Florida Panthers, 3-2.  Nathan Denette, AP March 26: Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62) put his arm around his teammate, Derek Stepan, after Stepan scored in the second period.. Stepan netted three assists and a goal in New York’s 5-2 win over Philadelphia.  Bruce Bennett, Getty Images March 26: Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 43 shots to record his first shutout this season in a 3-0 win over the St.. Louis Blues.  Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports March 25: Anze Kopitar ended the Los Angeles Kings’ long scoring drought with a slick move and set up Dustin Brown’s game-winner in a 5-4 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports March 25: Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk set up the tying goal and scored the winner against Jason LaBarbera in a 3-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes.  Matt Kartozian, USA TODAY Sports March 25: Minnesota Wild center Kyle Brodziak scored the winning goal while short-handed, then he assisted on Dany Heatley’s insurance goal against the Dallas Stars.. Cal Clutterbuck drew assists on both plays.  Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports March 24: Pittsburgh Penguins center Tyler Kennedy scored in overtime to ensure a 2-1 victory over cross-state rival Philadelphia.. The goal extended the Penguins’ winning streak to 12 games.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sport Related story Fullscreen March 24: Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) celebrates with right wing Troy Brouwer (20) and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8). source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/19/los-angeles-kings-columbus-blue-jackets-nhl-score/2095805/

Bernier nominated for Masterton trophy, Brown for Clancy trophy

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / December 26, 2010) By Helene Elliott April 22, 2013, 3:02 p.m.. The Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Assn.. on Monday nominated goaltender Jonathan Bernier for the Masterton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL player “who best  exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Bernier didn’t play during the Kings ’ playoff run last season because of Jonathan Quick ’s excellence and durability, and Bernier said last summer that he wanted to become a starter, though he didn’t demand a trade.. As it turned out, Bernier has gotten a good deal of playing time this season and has been a valuable member of the Kings, who have rebounded from a slow start and can finish as high as the No.. 4-seeded team in the West.. With Quick recovering from back surgery and working to regain his old form, Bernier kept the Kings competitive while compiling numbers that rank him among the NHL leaders.. Through the games of April 21, Bernier was 9-2-1 in 13 games with a 1.86 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.. He ranks second in goals-against and 12th in save percentage.. He also has recorded one shutout.. Bernier, 24, missed the Kings’ Stanley Cup celebration visit to the White House to be with his family after the death of his grandmother. source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-kings-bernier-masterton-brown-clancy-20130422,0,603363.story

Kings edge Stars in overtime

It erased a 2-0 deficit and took a 3-2 lead, but seemed to get worn down in overtime.. “It’s tough because we needed the point,” Robidas said.. “The good thing is we got a point.. We’re still in this.” Brown and Richards were among the top players that Kings coach Darryl Sutter called out as a reason for the Stars’ success against L.A.. – three wins in four previous meetings.. Dallas had handed L.A.. half of its four regulation losses at home this season.. “It’s pretty easy to take note when Darryl calls you out,” Brown said.. Brown’s second goal made it 3-3 early in the third as the Kings finally converted on their seventh power play.. Kopitar’s rebound came directly to Brown on the left side and the latter buried it to bring the crowd alive. source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020675

Columbus at Los Angeles

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“You have to give them credit.. They won the game for a reason.. They were relentless on the forecheck, and they did a lot of the things that we did to be successful earlier in this road trip.. But we’re going to leave it all on the table in these last three games.” Both goalies were sharp in the final period, which ended with a prolonged scrum after the final horn.. Columbus’ Nick Foligno stayed on the ice after his teammates went to the dressing room, yelling and gesturing at the Kings.. “I think they were just upset that we won,” Clifford said.. Notes Los Angeles C Anze Kopitar got his 300th career assist.. With Greene’s return, the Kings scratched D Keaton Ellerby, who was acquired from Florida earlier this season while Greene and Willie Mitchell were out with long-term injuries.. D Alec Martinez, a regular on last season’s championship team, hasn’t played since Robyn Regehr joined Los Angeles’ lineup April 4.. Columbus D Nikita Nikitin sat out with a lower-body injury, and D Adrian Aucoin missed his second straight game.. The Kings wore blue pregame warmup jerseys with the Dodgers’ famed script and red uniform numbers on the front.. Longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda dropped the ceremonial first puck, but forgot to shake the hand of Columbus’ Jack Johnson. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20130418_CLB@LA/kings-slow-surging-blue-jackets-behind-goalie-quick

 

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