April 18, 1992 |
Inconsistency cost them their division title. A strike nearly cost them their season. A temper tantrum cost them their coach, Tom Webster, for 12 games. In addition, their owner, Bruce McNall, threatened to relinquish control of the team and their star player, Wayne Gretzky, hinted at retirement. And that was only the regular season for the Kings. Well forget all that. They plan to.
March 31, 1999 |
This is some sort of joke, right? The national college hockey championship in Southern California? The NCAA begs to set college academic standards, and yet its executives flunk geography? The schools advancing to the Frozen Four--Boston College, Maine, Michigan State and New Hampshire--play three time zones to the east. No school west of the Rocky Mountains fields a Division I hockey team--unless you go north, way north, to Alaska. Who dreamed up this crazy concept?
May 4, 1997 |
You can teach an old coach new tricks. Scotty Bowman is proof. At 63, he's the NHL's senior coach, completing his 25th season and his fourth with the Detroit Red Wings. He's the only coach with 1,000 regular-season victories, and when he steps behind the bench today for Game 2 of the Red Wings' Western Conference semifinal series against the Mighty Ducks, it will be the 2,007th game of his career, regular season and playoffs.
May 25, 1990 |
It was the trade that shocked a nation, angered a city and, supposedly, decimated a team. Goodby Wayne Gretzky. Goodby Stanley Cup. For two years, that's all Edmonton Oiler owner Peter Pocklington has been hearing after dealing The Great One to the Kings. But no more. Not after Thursday. Gretzky may be in Los Angeles, but the Stanley Cup is back in Edmonton after the Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins Thursday night, 4-1, before a Boston Garden crowd of 14,448 to win the finals in five games.
April 9, 1991 |
For the first time in more than 20 years of existence, the Kings appear good enough to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup. It might surprise their fans, though, to know that the Kings are not the first local hockey team to challenge for a national championship. In fact, Los Angeles once actually boasted a national champion, and the entire championship series was played before the hometown fans. The season was 1943-44.
May 28, 1993 |
Goaltender Felix Potvin of the Toronto Maple Leafs occasionally looked vulnerable in giving up five goals to the Kings on Thursday, but the Maple Leafs' 5-4 loss couldn't be blamed on him. Before Thursday's game, Potvin had given up two goals or fewer in 11 of his 19 playoff starts and had an outstanding .910 save percentage, inspiring comparisons with the spectacular rookie performance of Patrick Roy in leading the Montreal Canadiens to the 1986 Stanley Cup.
May 29, 1993 |
Until Thursday, the Campbell Conference finals were a Cat and mouse game. Toronto goaltender Felix (the Cat) Potvin pounced on nearly everything thrown at him by the Kings in an acrobatic display that brought the Maple Leafs within one victory of their first berth in the Stanley Cup finals since 1967. But in mustering their best offensive showing of the series for the 5-4 overtime victory that sent the teams back to Maple Leaf Gardens tonight for Game 7, the mice might have outsmarted the Cat.
May 20, 2003 |
We all have our superstitions. When the Mighty Ducks won the Clarence Campbell Bowl, awarded to the NHL's Western Conference champion, captain Paul Kariya refused to touch it, presumably following a tradition dictating that the only hockey prize worth toting around the ice is the Stanley Cup. But if the New Jersey Devils win the Eastern Conference title, captain Scott Stevens won't hesitate to lift the Prince of Wales Trophy. "I think it's an honor to win that trophy," he said Monday.
April 25, 2003 |
The Dallas Stars again were without their top winger Thursday night, Bill Guerin sitting out Game 1 against the Mighty Ducks because of a thigh injury that has sidelined the club's third-leading scorer for nearly two months. Guerin, however, is expected to return to the lineup any day now, perhaps as early as Game 2 on Saturday. "Sometime this series," he said. "I'm not sure which game. It could be 2, 3, I don't know. It's kind of a day-to-day thing now."