April 12, 2012 |
Before we all get our knickers in a tweet … Let's just say the mini-controversy that erupted late Wednesday night after the official Kings Twitter account circled and jabbed at the Canucks is way more interesting than most back-and-forth between teams. Or mayors. Thankfully, we haven't been subjected to some boring, cliched bet between the mayors of Los Angeles and Vancouver for this first-round playoff series. Hmm, has Antonio Villaraigosa been to a game in the Jeff Carter era?
April 23, 2012 |
Are you ready for some shutouts? Bring on the goalies - the Kings' Jonathan Quick and the Blues' Brian Elliott. They both recorded shutouts in the last regular-season meeting between Los Angeles and St. Louis, on March 22, at Staples Center. The Kings eventually won, 1-0, needing four rounds of a shootout to settle the issue. The Kings and the Blues will meet in the second round of the playoffs, starting in St. Louis, possibly on Friday or Saturday. But first, though, a word or two about the past before exploring the future.
June 30, 2013 |
The long-running goaltending saga in Vancouver came to a merciful, if not stunning, finish Sunday at the NHL's Entry Draft in Newark, N.J. It had looked as though goalie Roberto Luongo and his onerous contract would be moved out of Vancouver. Instead it was the younger and less expensive Cory Schneider going from the Canucks to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the No. 9 pick. With that selection, the Canucks took forward Bo Horvat of the London Knights. So instead of succeeding Luongo in Vancouver, Schneider will be doing that with New Jersey incumbent Martin Brodeur, who turned 41 in May. Vancouver GM Mike Gillis said on TSN, a Canadian cable network, that this was the first time he had had this high of a draft choice in his tenure with the Canucks and that the team had explored various options during the goalie saga.
October 22, 2010 |
Vancouver enforcer Rick Rypien has been suspended six games for grabbing a fan during the Canucks' loss to Minnesota this week.The Canucks also were fined $25,000 in the discipline announced Friday by the NHL. While headed to locker room Tuesday night after being assessed a double minor for roughing and 10-minute misconduct, Rypien reached up and grabbed James Engquist , a fan applauding at the railing. Football: No charges filed against Junior Seau No criminal charges will be filed against football star Junior Seau for the incident that led to his arrest Sunday night on a domestic-violence complaint by his 25-year-old girlfriend, the San Diego County district attorney said.
April 17, 2012 |
Yesterday, in fact, has not seemed so far away. Not for victory-starved Kings fans, who savored long ago playoff success from 1993, pulling it out for close examination, and, well, reassurance during the lost years. The Kings have won one playoff round, in 2001, since that famous run to the Stanley Cup Finals by Wayne Gretzky and friends. They pulled within one game of doubling that total with Sunday's 1-0 victory against the Canucks at Staples Center on Sunday night, taking a 3-0 series lead against the league's best team.
January 28, 2013 |
Forwards Dustin Penner and Brad Richardson stayed out and did extra work well after the Kings' morning skate had ended -- as did defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk -- so it's likely the Kings' lineup against Vancouver on Monday night at Staples Center will be the same as it has been the last few games. Penner has been healthy but was scratched for the Kings' previous two games. Asked if there will be any changes against the Canucks -- whom the Kings upset in the first round of the playoffs last spring -- Coach Darryl Sutter replied: “Be there for the song,” meaning the national anthem.