Zucker’s goal in shootout seals Wild’s 3-2 win over Kings
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker knew just what he wanted to do on his turn in the shootout.
Zucker scored on that backhand in a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
"It wasn't the prettiest game we've ever played," Zucker said, "but we did what we had to do. We battled. I thought we were skating pretty well."
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.
Campbell makes 40 saves, Kings beat Canadiens 3-0
MONTREAL (AP) — Jack Campbell and the Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Montreal Canadiens' home opener.
Campbell made 40 saves for his first career shutout and the Kings won 3-0 on Thursday night.
Campbell made his eighth career NHL start, getting into action with starter Jonathan Quick day-to-day after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice Sunday.
Carter’s hat trick powers Kings over Coyotes 4-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter had plenty of time to work on his shooting and stick handling as he recovered from surgery to repair a cut tendon in his ankle that sidelined him for 55 games.
Carter is making up for lost time with his scoring prowess since returning for the stretch run, leading the Kings in a contested playoff chase.
Carter completed a hat trick by scoring with 4:25 left and the Kings beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night.
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.
Carter’s second goal gives Kings 4-3 OT win over Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jeff Carter's return from ankle surgery has been a big boost for the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Kings.
Carter scored his second goal of the game with 33.8 seconds left on the clock in overtime and Los Angeles recovered after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Monday night.
The Wild has occupied the third spot in the Central Division for weeks, taking possession ever since it moved in after a win Feb. 23.
Goligoski, Hill lift Coyotes over Kings 4-3 in shootout
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Adin Hill found out via text message on his way to Gila River Arena that he was starting in net Tuesday night. Hours later, he finished his day on a high note.
Alex Goligoski scored the decisive goal in the fifth round of a shootout and Hill ended the game with a save on high-scoring center Tyler Toffoli, earning his first NHL win for the Arizona Coyotes in their 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
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.
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.
Kings’ Laich on unconditional waivers to terminate contract
The Los Angeles Kings have placed forward Brooks Laich on unconditional waivers with the intent of mutually terminating his contract.
General manager Rob Blake confirmed the move Sunday. The Kings had assigned Laich to the American Hockey League's Ontario Reign on Saturday after the 34-year-old cleared regular waivers.
Laich's future is uncertain. Agent Roland Thompson did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on his client's plans.
Kings F Jeff Carter out indefinitely after leg cut
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a cut on his left leg.
Kings general manager Rob Blake announced his star power forward's injury Thursday.
Carter was hurt on a hit by Jeff Petry during the Kings' 5-1 victory over Montreal on Wednesday night to extend the best start in franchise history (5-0-1). Petry's skate came off the ice and connected with the inside of Carter's lower leg during the first period.
Kings hope new leadership, new resolve restore winning ways
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New leadership, new ideas and new resolve. That's how the Los Angeles Kings believe they can restore their winning ways after missing the playoffs in two of the last three seasons.
Head coach John Stevens and general manager Rob Blake were hired to replace Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi, the two men who led the franchise to its first Stanley Cup title in 2012 and a second in 2014, in hopes of squeezing another championship run from an aging core.
Jonathan Quick returns to spark Kings to 4-1 win over Ducks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings were desperate for a spark, staring down their second shutout loss to the rival Anaheim Ducks in less than a week and third of the season, just 20 minutes away from ceding more ground in their desperate chase for a wild card in the Western Conference.
Carter nets 4 points, Kings beat Panthers 6-3 to end drought
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — After being outscored 10-0 in their previous two games, the Los Angeles Kings responded in a big way.
Jeff Carter had two goals and two assists, and the Kings easily beat the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Thursday night.
Dwight King, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles, while Peter Budaj made 36 saves. Carter's four points were a season high, and the Kings poured in six goals for the first time since getting seven at Toronto on Nov. 8.
Carter nets 4 points, Kings beat Panthers 6-3 to end drought
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Carter had two goals and two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a two-game scoreless drought in easily beating the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Thursday night.
Dwight King, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings, while Peter Budaj made 36 saves. Carter's four points were a season high, and Los Angeles poured in six goals for the first time since getting seven at Toronto on Nov. 8.
Budaj, Carter lead Kings over Flyers in OT, 5th win in row
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Carter doesn't know where the Los Angeles Kings would be without goalie Peter Budaj. They probably could say the same about Carter.
Budaj posted his NHL-leading seventh shutout, Carter scored midway through overtime and the Kings won their fifth in a row, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Saturday.
Budaj, who wasn't even on the Kings' roster on opening night, extended his shutout streak to 144 minutes, 5 seconds. He made 17 saves.
Carter leads surging LA Kings’ 5-0 rout of woeful Avalanche
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After so many nights of offensive struggle this season, the Los Angeles Kings scored on their opening shift and never let up on the woeful Colorado Avalanche.
Jeff Carter scored two goals and Peter Budaj earned his sixth shutout of the season in the Kings' fourth consecutive victory, 5-0 over Colorado on Wednesday night.
Muzzin’s late goal gives Kings 3-2 win over Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings kept the pressure on most of the game and it finally paid off in the final two minutes.
Jake Muzzin took a slick pass in front of the net from Jeff Carter and scored a power-play goal with 1:49 to play, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over Arizona on Tuesday night that snapped the Coyotes' season-best three-game winning streak.
Kings snap 4-game losing streak with 3-1 win over Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson scored in the opening 1:46, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Kings defenseman Alec Martinez capped their three-goal first period and Peter Budaj stopped 24 shots in his 21st win of the season. Jeff Carter had the primary assist on the first two goals.
Kyle Quincey scored in the third period for New Jersey, which has lost five straight at home.
LA Kings captain Anze Kopitar misses game due to illness
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar is missing their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning due to an illness.
The Kings made the announcement during warmups for the matinee game Monday.
Kopitar has just 24 points in 38 games during his first season as Los Angeles' captain. The Slovenian center has led the Kings in scoring for nine consecutive seasons, but he trails Jeff Carter by 16 points this season.
Carter gets OT winner as LA Kings surge past Jets, 3-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Kings hit iron with an extraordinary number of shots Saturday night, culminating in a late backhand by Kyle Clifford that somehow struck both sides of Winnipeg's goal without going in.
"He can't hit the net, but he can hit both posts," Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin said jokingly of his low-scoring buddy.
Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter made sure all those near-misses didn't matter for the surging Kings.
Pearson gets OT winner in LA Kings’ 4-3 victory over Wild
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After his Minnesota Wild clinched the best first-half record in franchise history with an overtime loss Saturday, Bruce Boudreau can officially make plans to be back at Staples Center in a few weeks to coach in the NHL All-Star game.
"I'd rather have the other point," Boudreau said.
The Los Angeles Kings earned that other point while Jeff Carter bolstered his own case for a spot in the big midseason showcase.
Kings rally past Sharks 2-1 in overtime
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After struggling for most of December, the Los Angeles Kings know they have some catching up to do. Sweeping a home-and-home from the first-place San Jose Sharks sure is a good start.
Tanner Pearson scored 58 seconds into overtime off a pass from Jeff Carter to help the Kings rally for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over San Jose.
Kings hold on for 3-2 win over Sharks behind Carter’s goal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To celebrate their 50th NHL season, the Los Angeles Kings honored the goal scorers from the "Miracle on Manchester" playoff comeback prior to their game Saturday.
On this night, though, the Kings didn't need a five-goal rally in the third period. They saw to that with a desperate early effort.
Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty and Tanner Pearson each scored a goal, and the Kings returned home to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2.
Budaj’s 28 saves lead Kings over Predators 4-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A road game for Nic Dowd definitely had a home feeling to it.
Peter Budaj made 28 saves and Dowd, a Huntsville, Alabama native, scored to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Nick Shore, Jeff Carter and Devin Setoguchi also scored for Los Angeles. Playing the sixth of their season-long nine-game road swing, the Kings improved their record to 3-2-1 on the current trip.
Budaj’s 28 saves lead Kings over Predators 4-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peter Budaj made 28 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Nick Shore, Nic Dowd, Jeff Carter and Devin Setoguchi scored for Los Angeles. Playing the sixth of their season-long nine-game road swing, the Kings improved their record to 3-2-1 on the current trip.
Budaj made 12 saves in the first period, nine in the second and seven in the third en route to his fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his career.
Lewis leads LA Kings’ surge to 4-1 win over Ottawa Senators
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Trevor Lewis doesn't score much, the Kings' grinding forward is doing it in bunches lately.
His latest goal barely beat the clock and sent Los Angeles to a win in its final home game for three weeks.
Lewis had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez scored on the same power play early in the first period of the Kings' 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Carter’s OT goal puts Kings past Hawks 2-1, 5th straight win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One spectacular shot by Jeff Carter kept the Los Angeles Kings rolling on an increasingly impressive winning streak.
Carter scored his 10th goal of the season 1:06 into overtime, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Saturday night for their season-best fifth consecutive victory.
Alec Martinez scored and Peter Budaj stopped 18 shots for the Kings, who persevered through a back-and-forth game for their third straight win over Chicago at Staples Center.
Carter scores twice, gets 600th point; Kings beat Ducks 3-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Carter scored twice and got his 600th career point, Peter Budaj made 28 saves and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Sunday night.
Carter assisted on Drew Doughty's score early in the second period and then added power-play goals 71 seconds apart to make it 3-0. The first goal got him to 600 points.
Antoine Vermette and Rickard Rakell scored for Anaheim, and John Gibson made 26 saves.
Jeff Carter scores to help Kings beat Devils 4-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Carter is powering the Kings while they wait for the return of Anze Kopitar.
Carter scored his team-high seventh goal, helping Los Angeles beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Saturday.
Peter Budaj had 21 saves, and Los Angeles also got goals from Tanner Pearson, Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin.
Carter scores tiebreaking goal, Kings beat Oilers 4-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings returned to their hard forechecking ways and got a needed win.
Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking short-handed goal midway through the second period and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2.
Derek Forbort and Tyler Toffoli each had a goal and an assist and Devin Setoguchi and also scored for Los Angeles. Peter Budaj made 26 saves.
Carter scores twice, Kings beat Maple Leafs 7-0
TORONTO (AP) — Peter Budaj is still filling in nicely for Jonathan Quick, and the Los Angeles Kings gave him plenty of help Tuesday night.
Jeff Carter scored twice during a four-goal second period, Budaj made 19 saves and Los Angeles thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-0.
Budaj hasn't allowed a goal in 150:32 and has a 1.86 goals-against average while filling in for Quick, out with a lower-body injury since the opening game of the season.
Setoguchi, Budaj lead Kings to 5-0 win over Flames
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Devin Setoguchi scored twice and goalie Peter Budaj stopped 24 shots for his first shutout in three years as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Calgary Flames 5-0 on Saturday night.
Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings, who got their first regulation win this season. Budaj's shutout was his first since Oct. 28, 2013.
Calgary goalie Brian Elliott had 34 saves.
Carter scores late in OT to lift Kings past Predators
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings will take having to work overtime every night if they keep winning.
Jeff Carter tipped a shot past Pekka Rinne at 4:31 of overtime to lift Los Angeles to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night for the Kings' fourth straight win.
During the four-game winning streak, three have come in overtime and one in a shootout.