November 28, 1993 |
The Kings have tumbled so far, they fell right out of a playoff spot on Saturday night. That's right. In the very same place the Kings' franchise had finally earned respect by playing in the Cup finals, they lost, 4-0, to the Montreal Canadiens and were passed by Detroit for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
December 27, 1993 |
Think goal-scoring and the names of the Kings' best quickly come to mind. There's Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Luc Robitaille and Tomas Sandstrom. But Pat Conacher? "I'm always shocked when I score," Conacher said. So, he was shocked twice on Sunday, scoring two goals in the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks before a sellout crowd of 17,174 at Anaheim Arena. How unexpected was that? Conacher hadn't scored since Oct. 27 at Detroit, his only road goal in 16 previous games this season.
December 15, 1993 |
King goaltender Robb Stauber is not a clock-watcher by nature or by virtue of his position. Yet he took a peek every once in a while as the Kings inched closer to what would have been their first road victory in more than six weeks, holding a one-goal lead midway through the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins. But there was that small matter of playing the final 8:22.
March 1, 1994 |
The Kings and the Montreal Canadiens in overtime. So what's new? At least this time, Marty McSorley didn't lose his stick. And the Kings didn't lose the game. The two teams, opponents in last season's Stanley Cup finals, skated to a 3-3 tie at the Forum before a sellout crowd of 16,005 Monday night. Montreal beat the Kings in five games in last season's finals, three of the Canadiens' four victories coming in overtime.
March 26, 1994 |
Living on the edge took on a new meaning for the Kings, who were 2:02 away from falling 10 points behind the San Jose Sharks in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. And King Coach Barry Melrose knew what a loss would have meant with 10 games remaining in the season. "You guys would be writing our obituary if we lose," he said. Hold the presses.
April 12, 1994 |
Lamond Murray, who became California's all-time leading scorer in three seasons at the school, announced Monday he would pass up his final year of eligibility and offer himself to the NBA draft. Murray, a third-team All-American, joins fellow underclassman Jason Kidd in leaving Cal early. Kidd, Cal's All-American point guard, announced last month he would forgo his last two years of eligibility.
March 10, 1994 |
The soundtrack to the Kings' alleged playoff push was punctuated by boos all around. At least there was some life and emotion from the sellout crowd of 16,005 at the Forum. Certainly, none of those attributes were evident from the Kings in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks were the ones who looked as if they needed to make up ground in the race for the final playoff spot. So what if Chicago had played the previous night?
January 2, 1994 |
King left wing Warren Rychel knew it was going to be that kind of game when he looked at the Maple Leafs' starting lineup Saturday night. "It was just a matter of who was going to go first," Rychel said after the Kings defeated the Maple Leafs, 7-4, before a crowd of 15,728 at Maple Leaf Gardens. "(Ken) Baumgartner, (Greg) Smyth and one other clown, some bozo." It took a whole nine seconds for things to unravel.
February 5, 1997 |
The final score sheet shows New York Islander center Derek Armstrong scored an unassisted goal at the 13:12 mark of the third period to account for the game-winner. That's inaccurate on two counts. Armstrong didn't do anything more to score than get hit in the chest with the puck. But that goal helped the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Mighty Ducks on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. What's more, Armstrong received a rather large assist from the disorganized Ducks.
February 8, 1998 |
The Kings were consistent, methodical, patient and, ultimately, three goals better than the Mighty Ducks on Saturday at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. Their 5-2 victory before a sellout crowd of 17,174 underscored the vast differences between a team determined to make the playoffs and a team hopeful of getting there.