Kings give new coach Willie Desjardins hope

Desjardins, whose compact physique and graying mustache give him more than a slight resemblance to former Kings goaltender and executive Rogie Vachon, had to get a quick read on a complex situation. There was no time to waste, no opportunity to gradually build trust before he plunged in to try to revive a team that had become too passive. To accomplish so much in so little time, his focus had to be fierce. “He was talking. He was in the game,” winger Ilya Kovalchuk said. “He was calling lines and stuff and if you make a good play he will let you know, so that’s good.”

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