April 18, 2012 |
Here we are, back at tricked-out Staples. I'm surprised they haven't torn it down, seeing as how it's been around a good 10 years, a rare stretch of preservation in a city that sneers at slightly aged things (Dodger Stadium a relic? Yeah, so is Lindsay Lohan, but I wouldn't let you tear her down just yet). So the Big Staple probably qualifies for historic status, though it lacks the comforting old stadium musk. I'm thinking of that beer hall cologne that develops after a certain amount of Budweiser seeps between layers of plywood deep in the stadium's skin.
October 14, 2010 |
Kings tonight VS. VANCOUVER When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 2-1-0; Canucks 1-1-1. Record vs. Canucks: 1-0-0. Update: The last time the Canucks paid a visit to Staples Center, they knocked off the Kings, 4-2, to win their best-of-seven first-round playoff series. The Kings got a bit of revenge Saturday in the season opener, winning at Vancouver, 2-1, in a shootout.
April 16, 2012 |
Dustin Brown's leadership abilities were doubted outside the Kings' locker room but not by those who sit beside him. His teammates' faith was justified. So, apparently, is his staunch belief the Kings were better than they showed while sliding to eighth in the West this season. Brown wristed a long rebound past Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider 6 minutes 30 seconds into the third period Sunday to lead the Kings to a 1-0 victory over the top-seeded Canucks and the first 3-0 series lead in the club's long and generally unhappy playoff history.
April 25, 2010 |
Whether prompted by the Canucks' media relations department or speaking spontaneously, Vancouver defenseman Shane O'Brien sort of apologized for grandstanding after he fought the Kings' Wayne Simmonds on Friday near the end of the 7-2 playoff rout that put the Canucks in position to end the Kings' season Sunday at Staples Center. O'Brien raised his index finger and gestured to the crowd, palms up, as if to request more applause for his pugilistic feats. Kings Coach Terry Murray criticized him and called him a clown.
January 15, 1994
I'm the first to applaud the trade of Jimmy Carson, but I sincerely question his destination. Carson is a very talented individual with goal-scoring knack who simply was not fitting into the Kings' current scheme. A trade was the best move for the team. But why send him to Vancouver? The Canucks, a division rival, have a very talented pair of wings to complement Carson's ability. Nick Beverley has done a great job to strengthen the Canucks' lineup. Let's hope he can do the same for the Kings in the near future.
June 1, 2011 |
Call it life imitating art imitating life. Cobie Smulders, a.k.a. Robin Scherbatsky, a television journalist on the TV comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," was trying to get from Albuquerque to Vancouver on Tuesday so she could see the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals. "The problem is my movie career is hindering my hockey schedule," said Smulders, who has been on location shooting "The Avengers" the past month. "I have been following the games on podcast. . . . Some days, I'd come to work really depressed and the others would say, 'Uh-oh, things didn't go well.' " The Scherbatsky character -- like Smulders -- is from Vancouver, and Canadian and hockey insults are hurled her way. In one episode, she boasts of meeting Canucks forward Mason Raymond and another character chimes in, "What's the opposite of name dropping?"
December 13, 2001 |
One of the more comical moments in the Kings' 1-1 tie against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night took place midway through the period when Eric Belanger and the Predators' Scott Hartnell traded punches ... inside the Kings' net. It looked as if Belanger was coming to the aid of goaltender Felix Potvin, who was bumped by Hartnell, but Belanger said there was more to it. "He punched me right in the face," he said of Hartnell, "so I punched him back.