June 7, 2012 |
After almost 45 years of heartbreak and general unhappiness, the franchise that never won a Stanley Cup whiffed at a chance to parade one in front of their fans. Missed opportunities. So many, many missed opportunities. The Kings hit the post twice and failed on an estimated 7,000 breakaways in a 3-1 loss Wednesday to New Jersey in Game 4 of the Final. They still hold a dominating 3-1 series lead, but you could almost sense their bitterness afterward at Staples Center.
May 30, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - He was the player his Kings teammates would have chosen to be in this situation, to have a breakaway in overtime of the Stanley Cup Final, because they knew he would perform as if he were gliding on a pristine glacial lake instead of the choppy ice of the sauna-like Prudential Center. And there Anze Kopitar was, alone in the midst of a huge crowd and two tired, sweaty teams, an almost surreal scenario. Drew Doughty got the puck to Justin Williams, who was along the boards when he chipped a beautiful backhand pass to the middle of the ice. There was nothing between Kopitar and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur but the sticky air and a few dozen feet of ice. "Everybody jumped up in anticipation," said Kings winger Dwight King, who was watching from the bench.
May 30, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. — Dustin Penner had the best imagery, likening the arena to a Russian sauna, and Dustin Brown said the puck behaved more like a bouncing tennis ball than anything else, all greatly testing their poise and patience. On a night that required sweat and skill, the Kings got both in a 2-1 overtime victory against the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. Center Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway 8 minutes 13 seconds into overtime, moving the Kings to within three victories of their first Cup in franchise history.
November 21, 2011 |
The latest installment in the "Twilight" series didn't break franchise records this past weekend, but the film still had the fifth-best domestic opening of all time at the box office. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" raked in $139.5 million, according to an estimate from distributor Summit Entertainment. While that was an impressive opening, "Breaking Dawn" fell just short of the $142.8-million opening weekend record held by the second movie in the series, 2009's "New Moon.
October 20, 2011 |
Cruise fans who want to be first in line to board the Breakaway, one of Norwegian Cruise Lines' newest ships, may now buy tickets for its inaugural 2013 sailings. The ship's seven-night crossing from London to New York City in spring 2013 starts at a low $749 per person -- just a bit more than $100 a day. The deal: The Breakaway , which is still under construction in Germany, will hold 4,000 passengers and will be the largest ship to home port in New York City, according to the cruise line.
February 25, 2011 |
Yet another attempt by the Ducks to plug the hole in their goal failed Friday night, this time by a very narrow but very dramatic margin. Their 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota was the Ducks' fifth defeat in a row as they struggle in the scrum of teams contending for the final Western Conference playoff spots. Dan Ellis, the newest player to start in goal after he was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay on Thursday, was victimized in overtime when the Ducks gave up two breakaways in the final minute.