The view from Vancouver - LA Kings Insider


Jason Botchford: Canucks still breathing after 2-1 victory over LA Kings
“With nothing to lose, John Tortorella’s Canucks made it evident Saturday they don’t have much interest in change.

Two days after GM Mike Gillis revised his mission statement ­— yet again — the Canucks couldn’t have looked further from those core principles.

They started by playing safe, defensive, zone-read hockey, trying to out-L.A. the L.A. Kings. For the first two periods, the only thing that looked uptempo was the Zamboni.”

Tony Gallagher: Kings’ Rob Blake taking his time to call on Canucks
“Rob Blake has been waiting for the Canucks to be officially eliminated from playoffs before popping the question to Vancouver players to see if they wish to represent Canada at the World Hockey championships.

And despite the dismal season the Canucks have endured, four players will be hearing their phones ring when the right time comes.”

Jason Botchford: The Van Provies: Torts isn’t changing while the Sedins may be regretting something significant
“Torts has no plans in changing, and he made that clear with what he said Friday — nothing wrong with the system! — and how he started Saturday’s game.

“The first period was boring, you saw it,” Zack Kassian said. “It was systematically dump it in, dump it in.

“There wasn’t a lot of ice to play on.”

So what happened in the third?”

The Province: Let’s answer 10 questions raised by a disastrous Canucks season


Brad Ziemer: Canucks beat Kings 2-1, stave off playoff elimination
“The Vancouver Canucks must have felt like they were California Dreaming. They actually beat the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

The Canucks came from behind to defeat the Kings 2-1 at Rogers Arena and keep their extremely slim playoff hopes flickering for at least another day.”

Harrison Mooney: I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Los Angeles Kings, April 5, 2014
“The last time the Canucks saw the Kings, they skated away with a moral two points, and an actual zero points, losing the game but punching a bunch of people — which, in the minds of many hockey fans, is the margarine to victory’s butter. This time around, however, no one had to settle for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Winning!, as the Canucks actually managed to score more goals than the Kings, which signifies the sort of triumph that actually affects the standings.”


Dimitri Filipovic: Canucks Army GDT #78 – Kings @ Canucks
“As Corey Masisak noted in his Power Rankings yesterday, all of this puck possession has slowly started to translate into more goals scored for the Kings, and if that keeps up they’re going to be a gargantuan force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately for them, and hockey fans all around the world, they appear to be on a first round collision course with the San Jose Sharks — a series which would be unquestionably worthy of a Western Conference Final.”


Sean Larson: Richardson’s late heroics cap dominating third period in 2-1 win over Kings
“It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. The Vancouver Canucks proved that on Saturday night with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Arena staving off mathematical elimination for at least one more day.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.