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Posted On Monday, 04.28.2014 / 3:14 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Sharks-Kings series blog

Sharks name Stalock as Game 6 starter

LOS ANGELES -- San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock sat at his locker stall and looked at the game notes, specifically the roster for the Los Angeles Kings. He counted off the names of the players he's seen in the American Hockey League.

Stalock knows several of the Kings' younger players from playing against them in the Calder Cup Playoffs, and he would like to use that knowledge to eliminate the Kings when he starts Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series on Monday night at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN-CA, PRIME).

It will be his first career start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. San Jose leads the best-of-7 series, 3-2.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 6:31 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Sharks-Kings series blog

Sutter praises Toffoli after latest Kings win

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter walked into his Sunday media session and pretended to be a cameraman in his own scrum. He stood behind one of the cameras and playfully asked questions like a reporter.

"Did you think that was a good goal?" Sutter joked. "What did you think of your third line?"

The small group of giggling reporters almost couldn't get over it. Roughly 12 hours earlier, Sutter conducted a 42-second postgame press conference that featured him in his classic, tight-lipped contrarian stance.

Sutter was cheerier a day after his Los Angeles Kings trailed 3-2 in the Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks. Their attempt to become the fourth team in NHL history to win after erasing a 3-0 deficit resumes with Game 6 at Staples Center on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN-CA, PRIME).


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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 11:09 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Brenden Dillon returns for Stars in Game 5

ANAHEIM -- Defenseman Brenden Dillon was in the lineup for the Dallas Stars when they faced the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series on Friday.

Dillon missed the first four games of the series with a lower-body injury sustained on April 11 against the St. Louis Blues.
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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 10:35 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Getzlaf is back in lineup for Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf participated in warm-ups and will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round Series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center.

Getzlaf took line rushes with Corey Perry and Nick Bonino. Getzlaf missed Game 4 with an undisclosed upper-body injury that is believed to be related to the facial injury that required stitches in Game 1.

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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 4:15 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks stick with Andersen; Sbisa, Selanne in lineup

ANAHEIM -- Speculation the Anaheim Ducks would turn back to veteran goalie Jonas Hiller ended when goalie Frederik Andersen came off the ice first Friday morning.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said the rookie will start Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

Andersen was pulled in the third period of Game 4 in favor of Hiller, who made his series debut and faced one shot. Andersen's first poor game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs opened the possibility Hiller would reclaim the starting job, at least for Game 5.

"That might have been Andersen's first bad game in an awful long time, and I think he'll bounce back and do a real good job tonight," Boudreau said.

"I think he knows I have full confidence, so I don't think that was an issue. I don't think I had to go over it and say, 'Hey Freddie, I've got a lot of faith in you.' I think that's sort of a given from the amount of time he's played this year, and the amount of big games he's played in."

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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 2:44 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks' Getzlaf hoping he'll be back in Game 5 lineup

ANAHEIM -- It sure looked like Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was ready to return to the lineup, but he didn't give anything away about his status for Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 after the Stars won the past two games in Dallas.

"We'll see tonight," Getzlaf said. "This is part of our process that we're going through right now. I won't really know until game time tonight.

"I feel good. Everything's where we want it to be and hopefully that continues on throughout the day."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 3:29 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Sharks-Kings series blog

Kings coach Sutter to reunite Brown with Kopitar

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown has long known that center Anze Kopitar is a worthy candidate for the Selke Trophy. He'll get a reminder of that Thursday when he's reunited on a line with Kopitar.

Brown was back with Kopitar on the top line, with Marian Gaborik at left wing, at the Kings morning skate. Coach Darryl Sutter normally doesn't address such changes, but he confirmed there will be one wrinkle when the Kings try to avoid a sweep by the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN-CA, FS-W).

"Hopefully it gives [us] a little size and power," Sutter said. "That line, I think, when we play against [San Jose center Joe] Thornton, we've had trouble with his size and [right wing Brent] Burns and Thornton, quite honest. To answer it the best, we've talked to players and coaches about very much staying [with] seven defensemen, 11 forwards, so we need guys moving around."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 2:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Sharks-Kings series blog

Doughty seeks more minutes; Kings recall Fraser

LOS ANGELES -- The downside to the Los Angeles Kings playing seven defensemen is it cuts down the ice time for Drew Doughty, and the Norris Trophy candidate let it be known that didn't sit well with him.

Doughty played 23:29 in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks, his lowest since March 22, excluding the April 3 game that he left with an injured shoulder. Doughty doesn't see much use in going back to seven defensemen for Game 3 on Tuesday at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN, CSN-CA, PRIME).

"I think everyone gets out of rhythm when you dress seven D, for sure," Doughty said. "I only played 23 minutes. That's like the lowest I've played in who knows how long. I want to be playing 28-30 minutes. I didn't like it too much, but it's not my decision. Whatever they decide as a team, I just have to go along with it and accept. If they dress seven again tonight, I'm totally fine with it. I just have to play my game and make a difference out there."

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Posted On Monday, 04.21.2014 / 6:12 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Sharks-Kings series blog

Kings coach Sutter wants better work ethic

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- When Darryl Sutter arrived in Los Angeles three years ago, he constantly told reporters that he doesn't designate between first, second, third and fourth lines. It was an act, but Sutter wanted it known that all players are equal on his team.

Contrast that with Sutter's blunt assessment after his Los Angeles Kings fell into a 2-0 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Sharks are playing a quicker game, and their fourth line simply outplayed the Kings' in Game 2.

"I thought that our third and fourth line and our fifth and sixth defensemen could match up better against their third and fourth line," Sutter said Monday. "It hasn't happened yet."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 6:33 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Sharks-Kings series blog

Kings rest up at home, prepare for Game 2

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Two days off between games meant two more days of analyzing a loss for the Los Angeles Kings, but at least they did so from home.

The Kings returned after a Game 1 loss to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference First Round and there was something to be said for sleeping in their own beds and seeing their families before returning to San Jose for Game 2 on Sunday at SAP Center (10 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN, FS-W, CSN-CA).

"To be honest, there's not a whole lot going on in downtown San Jose," Anze Kopitar said. "It was nice to come back here and get away from the circus that is going on [in the hockey world]. Just getting away a little bit, you feel comfortable around here. When you can sleep in your own bed for a couple of nights instead of hotel rooms, it's nice. Sometimes seeing your family and getting your mind away from everything helps."

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