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Brayden McNabb: the Kings Unsung Hero

February 28th, 2015 at 6:54 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Defenseman Brayden McNabb was signed to a two year contract over the summer with the Los Angeles Kings, and he has stepped in for the team since the start of the season. The Kings have struggled all season long with injured defenseman and Slava Voynov being suspended indefinitely form the NHL.

McNabb’s first career NHL goal came with the Kings just last night. “I closed my eyes and it went in,” said the defenseman.

“Yeah, it was good to see,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “It was funny – it’s a play that we talk a lot about against Anaheim where there’s pretty much a layer of players in different colored jerseys, and you’ve got to get it through, If you don’t – he had another opportunity in the third period to do that and didn’t.”

McNabb, 23, has appeared in 55 NHL regular season games, with the Kings and Buffalo Sabres. McNabb has recorded one goal and 17 assists so far in his NHL career, a plus-4 rating, and 37 penalty minutes.

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Los Angeles Kings February 28 Update

February 28th, 2015 at 4:39 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings held practice in El Segundo before they boarded their flight to Winnipeg. The Anaheim Ducks, who the Kings lost 4-2 to last night, were also at LAX leaving to Dallas, per Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com.

The Kings worked on special teams situations before holding net-front drills. Jonathan Quick left the ice first so expect him to start tomorrow. Since the game is a afternoon game tomorrow, the team will not hold a morning skate in Winnipeg.

Robyn Regehr participated in the teams practice today despite experiencing a scare in yesterday’s game when his left hand got struck by a puck in the third.

“I was looking around for the puck – I was looking around the ice – and I looked down actually, and I saw the puck was wedged in between my arm and the elbow pad,” Regehr said to Lisa Dillman of the LA Times. “It was the first time that’s ever happened to me, so I left it in there until the whistle went, and then I kind of shook it free.” He said the area went numb.

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Los Angeles Kings Fell 4-2 to the Anaheim Ducks

February 27th, 2015 at 10:35 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings couldn’t hold an early two goal lead, falling 4-2 to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday night. The Kings lost their second game in a row after their eight game win streak.

The first goal of the game came at 5:02 in the first period from Trevor Lewis, his eighth of the year, with the assists credited to Robyn Regehr and Matt Greene.

At 10:39 in the second period Brayden McNabb got his first goal as a King, giving them a 2-0 lead. The assists were credited to Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty.

In a span of two minutes in the third period, the Ducks tied the game with goals from Ryan Kessler and Emerson Etem. Then at 11:21 in the third, Corey Perry scored a goal to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead; the team’s first lead of the night.

The Kings Regehr injured his left hand halfway through the game, while blocking a shot and returned several minutes later.

The Kings pulled goaltender Martin Jones at the end of the third period, and Perry scored an empty net goal, his second goal of the night, to cap off the Ducks win.

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Defenseman Derek Forbort Has Been Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs

February 27th, 2015 at 8:21 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings have assigned defenseman Derek Forbort to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The Kings recalled Forbort on February 11 when defenseman Alec Martinez began suffering “concussion-like symptoms.” He did not appear in a game during his call-up.

In 46 games this season with the Monarchs he recorded two goals and 11 assists, a plus-15 rating, and 37 penalty minutes. When he was recalled he ranked 10th in the league for plus-minus, and leads all the teams defenseman’s.

Selected in the first-round (15th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings, Forbort has appeared in 126 career AHL games, all with the Monarchs, recording 29 points, a plus-39 rating and 79 penalty minutes.

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Los Angeles Kings Winning Streak Ends

February 26th, 2015 at 11:20 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings were shutout 1-0 by the Ottawa Senators at the STAPLES Center on Thursday night. The Kings eight-game win streak ended with the loss.

“Our defense was really slow moving pucks in the first period,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.” In the second we passed the puck to them, it probably should have been 2-1 them after that and then in the third we just couldn’t get the goal.”

Andrew Hammond, Ottawa’s rookie goaltender, started in his fourth NHL game and picked up his second straight and second career shutout, stopping all 35 of the Kings shots.

The Kings generated plenty of chances, but they couldn’t get a puck past Hammond.

“Jeff Carter’s line was really good,” said Sutter, “but after that it was pretty much zero output.”

Hammond, was called-up by the Senators because of injuries suffered by Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner; he hasn’t allowed a goal in his last 171:44 in net for the Senators.

During the second period the Kings scored a goal but the referee waived it off because he lost sight of the puck.

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