Los Angeles Hockey: Jason Demers

Kings: No shakes for Terry Murray after series loss

April, 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES — It's safe to say the San Jose Sharks got in the last word.

On their way out of town following a 4-3 series-clinching overtime victory Monday night at Staples Center, Sharks forwards Jamal Mayers and Devin Setoguchi fired off a couple cyberspace jabs at Kings coach Terry Murray, who earlier in the Western Conference quarterfinal series had issued strong statements aimed at members of San Jose.

“Tough series with 3 OT games!" Mayers wrote on his personal Twitter account about two hours after the game. “Too bad Murray didn't have class to shake hands like players (who bled) and Asst Coaches!”

Murray was apparently not in the traditional center-ice handshake line that immediately follows the end of a series. His whereabouts were not questioned during the postgame news conference, as most reporters were too busy rushing down to the locker room or writing on deadline, to notice.

The players did.

“Would like to know why coach of the kings Terry Murray never shook our hands??,” wrote Setoguchi, who assisted on Joe Thornton's overtime goal. “Might be a first??”

Murray, who will not be available to the media until Wednesday or Thursday, a team spokesman said, criticized members of the Sharks for their dangerous play after earlier losses in the series.

Following a 6-3 defeat in Game 4, Murray called a tripping penalty on Dany Heatley late in the third period a “gutless move,” saying it appeared Heatley was attempting a slew foot on rookie defenseman Alec Martinez, an illegal move in which a player sweeps the leg out from under an opponent, usually from an unsuspecting blindside.

“That’s where you break your leg,” he said. “That’s where you blow your knee out. I hate that play. That’s a gutless move in my mind.”

Following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 1, Murray said Jason Demers' airborne check on Kings forward Ryan Smyth was “five times as severe” as the hit Kings forward Jarret Stoll leveled on San Jose defenseman Ian White. Stoll was suspended and White also missed Game 2 because of an upper-body injury.

Demers, meanwhile, did not receive a penalty and went on to score two goals in the series and add an assist.

Kings: Justin Williams scores but L.A. trails, 2-1

April, 25, 2011
Western Conference quarterfinals

Game 6 (San Jose leads best-of-seven series, 3-2)

After the 2nd period:

San Jose Sharks 2, Kings 1

The good: Kings center Brad Richardson appeared to loose some teeth with just under nine minutes left in the period and the Kings made sure they weren’t lost for nothing. On the ensuing four-minute high-sticking penalty to Joe Thornton, the Kings threatened for the first three minutes before Justin Williams finally pounced on a rebound off the shot of defenseman Jack Johnson and put it past goalie Antti Niemi to tie the score, 1-1, with 6:33 left in the period. Williams, who was questionable for the playoffs after dislocating his shoulder with 2 1/2 weeks remaining in the regular season, has three playoff goals. Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi took a skate blade to the face while attempting to throw a hip check on Niclas Wallin. Scuderi immediately went down and appeared to be cut as he headed to the locker room, but he returned to the ice a few minutes later. The Kings also killed two penalties in the period, with goalie Jonathan Quick doing the best work.

The bad: San Jose finally got one by Quick on their 19th shot on goal. Quick lost his stick seconds earlier after a mad scramble in the crease. Not sure if the Sharks recognized the missing equipment, but Thornton found third-line forward Kyle Wellwood alone in the slot seconds later and he hit the top of the crossbar on Quick’s glove side for a 1-0 lead 2:58 into the period. Shortly after the Kings tied the score, Ryan Smyth had a golden opportunity to give the Kings a lead when a teammates's slap shot got loose in the crease, but Smyth couldn't connect with the bouncing puck cleanly and Niemi used his outstretched arm to keep it in front of the goal line. The Sharks then took the air back out of Staples Center about 90 seconds later when they out-muscled the Kings for a loose puck along the boards in their offensive zone, and Joe Pavelski fed a nice cross-ice pass to Jason Demers who had a step on Kings forward Scott Parse. Demers nailed a one-timer past Quick for a 2-1 lead with 3:08 remaining. Parse, who returned in Game 5 after sitting out the last six months following hip surgery, looked a little gimpy as he pursued Demers. The Kings have allowed one goal in the opening periods of the series and 12 in the second.

The in between: The Kings were getting out-shot, 25-7, at the halfway point of the period but the shot totals now read 18 for the Kings and 29 for the Sharks. The have 20 minutes to turn things around, otherwise it's another long offseason.

Kings: Defense gives it up again in 6-3 loss to Sharks

April, 21, 2011
LOS ANGELES — Maybe the Kings can hit fast-forward next time.

After holding the Sharks scoreless in the first period for the third consecutive game, the Kings fell apart in the opening 10 minutes of the second for the second straight game, allowing three goals that were the difference in the 6-3 victory Thursday night at Staples Center.

The Sharks to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series that continues Saturday night in San Jose.

The Kings allowed a season-high five goals in the second period of Game 3, enabling the Sharks to rally from four goals down and win in overtime, 6-5.

This time it was the Sharks who scored first, and second, and third.

After building a 3-0 lead on two goals by Ryane Clowe and another by Jason Demers, the Kings brought some excitement back to the sold-out crowd when Brad Richardson and Justin Williams scored in the second half of the second period to make it a one-goal game heading into the third.

But the Sharks stole back the momentum, getting goals from Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski to extend their lead back to three with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who shut out the Sharks in Game 2 in San Jose, allowed all six goals, pushing his goals-against total to 12 in the last two games.

More to come from the locker room.

Ducks: This would really be a stomp in the back

April, 16, 2011
ANAHEIM--Now the Ducks might have some explaining to do.

In the closing minutes of Anaheim's 5-3 victory Friday night against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinal, Ducks winger Bobby Ryan and Nashville rookie defenseman Jonathon Blum were battling for the puck behind the Predators goal.

In an apparent attempt to jostle the puck loose as Blum kept it pinned against the wall with his skate, Ryan stomped on his laces and freed the puck.

No penalty was called and Blum did not appear to be injured. Ryan, who was second on the team with 34 goals during the regular season, scored his second goal of the game about two minutes later, an empty netter, to seal the victory and tie the series, 1-1, heading into Game 3 on Sunday in Nashville.

The incident was never brought up during post-game interviews.

However, this video clearly shows Ryan stomping on Blum's skate, which may earn Ryan a call from league officials.

Sound familiar?

The Kings learned Friday they would be without second-line center Jarret Stoll for Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Saturday night in San Jose. Stoll checked Sharks defenseman Ian White into the boards late in the first period, putting White out for the remainder of the game. Stoll did not receive a penalty on the play but was handed a one-game suspension by the NHL.

In the same game, Sharks defenseman Jason Demers left his feet to lay a hard check on Kings left wing Ryan Smyth in the neutral zone, knocking Smyth on his back. Smyth was not injured and Demers did not receive a penalty or further disciplinary action, infuriating Kings coach Terry Murray.

This won't be the first stomp to create noise in Anaheim. Chris Pronger was suspended for eight games during the 2008 regular season for stomping on leg of Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler.

The Ducks are leaving for Nashville on Saturday morning.

Kings: Another four-goal period, another shutout

December, 27, 2010
Kings 4, San Jose Sharks 0

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: The Kings outplayed the Sharks through the first two periods at HP Pavilion in San Jose, but the scoreboard didn’t tilt their way until the third, when they produced a four-goal period for the second consecutive night, allowing goalkeeper Jonathan Quick to earn his third shutout in his last six starts.

THE STAT: The Kings improved to 9-2-1 for the month of December, matching the most wins for this month in club history. If they can win their final two games, they’d equal the most wins for any month in franchise history.

TURNING POINT: The fourth line came through in a big way early in the third period. With the game still scoreless, Brad Richardson was sandwiched between Jamie McGinn and Jason Demers and crumbled to the ice near the left-wing boards. He sprung to his feet as linemate Kevin Westgarth stepped in and boxed out both Sharks, giving Richardson space to skate toward the San Jose goal and slide a pass to Trevor Lewis, who beat goalie Antti Niemi with his team’s 31st shot of the game.

HOT: Dustin Brown had two more goals for the Kings, giving him 19 points in the last 12 games, second best in the league during the month of December. Anze Kopitar had a season-high three assists, giving him 17 points in the last 12. The Kings have scored 32 goals in the last eight games.

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