The Kings took the day off on Sunday and returned to the ice on Monday morning for an 8:30 a.m. early practice. The team then participated in the 8th Annual Los Angeles Kings Bud Light Golf Invitational at the Industry Hills Golf Club at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort.
BARBS EARNS AN AWARD
During practice, news began to circulate that Jason LaBarbera had been named the NHL’s No. 1 star of the week.
LaBarbera posted a 3-0-0 record, 0.67 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout as the Kings won three consecutive home games. On Oct. 23, LaBarbera recorded his second career NHL shutout by making 17 saves as Los Angeles defeated the Nashville Predators 6-0. Two nights later, he recorded 29 saves as the Kings defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1. LaBarbera finished the week by making 34 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 27. For the season, LaBarbera has posted a record of 4-2-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout.
FOUR IS A MAGIC NUMBER
The Kings have now won four straight and five of six overall. The last time the Kings won four-or-more in a row was Feb. 11 to March 7, 2006 (five-game win streak).
“We are doing a few more good things that are maybe going subtly unnoticed,” Head coach Marc Crawford said. “It comes from how we support the puck out of the zone, the limited number of turnovers and the smart play offensively.
“That is something we can build on.”
Crawford went on to say, “We have not had much of a spotlight on this team, not since I have been here. Now we are putting a streak together, people are starting to take notice. We do have some good quality people here.”
SPEAKING OF FORE…
The team then participated in the 8th Annual Los Angeles Kings Bud Light Golf Invitational at the Industry Hills Golf Club at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort.
“I love golf,” assistant coach Nelson Emerson said following practice this morning. “I played it my whole career. Lately, it has not been happening much. I am very excited about the tournament.”
Nagy, “I am not really good, I love to play golf though.”
An unofficial poll of those in the know had Michael Cammlleri as the best golfer on the Kings. According to the Kings fans votes on the poll on LAKings.com, however, it is believed that Rob Blake is the best golfer on the team.
All proceeds from the golf tournament go to benefit Kings Care Foundation. Kings Care Foundation is the award winning, non-profit children's charity of the Los Angeles Kings. Formed in 1996, the Kings Care Foundation is dedicated to providing children in the Greater Los Angeles area with educational and recreational opportunities and has donated nearly $4 million in monetary and in-kind donations. The Kings Care Foundation is proud to support the local community by making a direct impact on the lives of nearly one million children throughout Southern California each year.
30 GAMES IN 30 NIGHTS
While Saturday night’s game was the Kings fourth-straight win, it was just the second game for Steve Williamson, who is a huge Hockey fan attempting to see 30 Games in 30 Nights.
Check out his interview with Heidi.
Steve had a good time at the game, check out his blog.
SULLY ON A TEAR
Patrick O’Sullivan scored twice on Saturday, his first-ever two-goal game. He has scored 2-1=3 over the last three games sine being teamed with Alexander Frolov and Ladislav Nagy on the Kings second scoring line. For the season he has scored 3-3=6 in 12 games after scoring 2-10=12 over the last 14 games of last season.
“I do have a little bit of skill,” O’Sullivan told reporters after the game on Saturday. “It’s always nice to score. I have been playing more of a defensive role this year; to get a couple of goals is great. My last one was kind of lucky, but I will take it.”