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Dan Martin: Islanders’ struggles at home continue with loss to Kings

“Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the Kings didn’t improve the mood on Long Island.

It was the Isles’ sixth loss in their past seven games and they are now 0-5-1 in their past six at the Coliseum.

‘You don’t manage the puck, you can’t win,’ an agitated Jack Capuano said afterward. ‘You saw the turnovers. … We try to be fancy, we try to make the sexy plays and all of a sudden it’s in the back of your net.'”


Laura Albanese: Islanders’ slide continues with loss to Kings

“The game plan had been clear going into Thursday night’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings, a big, physical team trying to avoid missing the playoffs a year after winning the Stanley Cup.

The Islanders were to play fast, play aggressive, control the puck. Coach Jack Capuano said it, Kyle Okposo said it, Frans Nielsen said it, Thomas Hickey said it.

It was easier said than done.”

Laura Albanese: Jack Capuano keeping his cool

“Calm down. It’s all going to be OK.

After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination . . . that is, until the destination is the Stanley Cup Final. Then it’s definitely about the destination.

That was coach Jack Capuano’s message before the Islanders took the ice against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings last night. And although the frustration finally came through after a 3-2 loss to the Kings, the focus remains on playing healthy, playing right, and, Kyle Okposo added, maintaining home-ice advantage for the playoffs.”


Christian Arnold: Islanders fall to Kings off late third period goal

“Jack Capuano was visibly frustrated after the Islanders suffered their sixth loss in their last seven games.

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings scored a late third period goal as the Islanders failed to clear the puck out of their own zone. Anze Kopitar redirected a shot from the point through the legs of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who finished the game with 34 saves, to score the game wining goal with 4:23 left in the game.”


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Dominik: Los Angeles Kings 3, New York Islanders 2: In the company of champions

“The New York Islanders extended their home winless streak to six games against a team that played like it had more on the line and had been through such situations before. Though the Isles had one lead and the score was tied for three-quarters of the game, the Los Angeles Kings controlled the first and third periods and got the winner with 4:23 remaining after sustained pressure against the Islanders’ top line.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.