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As time expired on the American women's hockey team's dream of a golden repeat and chants of "USA!" dissolved into a dull roar Thursday night, the Canadians rushed their crease and bowled over goalie Kim St.-Pierre. It was the hardest anybody got hit all night at the E Center.
February 24, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The math is fairly simple for the Kings coming out of the NHL's three-week Olympic break. Beginning with Wednesday's game in Colorado, they will close the regular season with 23 games in 46 days. Win more than half of them, and they'll finish with at least 92 points, a total that has guaranteed a playoff berth in four of the last five full seasons. Anything less and the odds drop dramatically. "It's the stretch run. It's playoff-type hockey now," forward Justin Williams said after Monday's 75-minute morning practice.
February 22, 1989 | Wm. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Z Channel--the quirky and acclaimed Los Angeles-area cable-TV service that for 15 years has specialized in an eclectic mix of old, new and foreign movie fare--is being acquired for an undisclosed sum by a New York-based cable firm whose programming consists largely of news and sports. Rainbow, the programming subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp., will take over Z Channel on March 16.
February 20, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - When these are the rivalries - Canada facing the U.S. in one semifinal of the Olympic hockey tournament after Sweden plays Finland in the other - Xs and O's and detailed analysis have less to do with the outcome than pure, unfettered emotion. Asked whether the U.S. will try to take the middle of the ice away from Canada, which has won all four of its games despite modest production from its forwards, center David Backes laughed and insisted the question was too technical.
March 27, 1993
Disney's announced prices for its hockey games suggest the team name should be the Mighty Ducats. BERNARD BRONSTEIN Fullerton
November 13, 1990
Four of the Gulls' 1991 road hockey games will be broadcast live on San Diego Cable Sports Network, the team announced. To make room for the additions, four of the currently scheduled games, which are televised on a one-day delayed basis, have been dropped. The International Hockey League games added are Jan. 26 at Peoria, Ill., 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 2 at Milwaukee, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 28 at Salt Lake City, 6 p.m.; and March 29 at Milwaukee, 5:30 p.m. All times are local.
June 23, 2012 | Lisa Dillman
Eventually, you knew it would happen.   Some 9-year-old boy from Orange County who started going to hockey games in Anaheim would grow up, turn into a legitimate prospect and get drafted by the Ducks. Saturday was that day. The Ducks made it happen at the NHL's Entry Draft in the second round at Pittsburgh, taking left wing Nic Kerdiles of Irvine at No. 36, the first time they drafted a player raised in Orange County. Kerdiles, heading into his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, not only attended Ducks games in their Stanley Cup run in 2007 but managed to go to Kings' playoff games, including two games in the Final this year against New Jersey, Games 3 and 6. The 18-year-old, who was born in Texas and has a French father and French-Canadian mother, didn't even hesitate when asked if he remembered his first Ducks game.
June 6, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
L.A. Live and the rest of the area surrounding Staples Center is buzzing this afternoon in anticipation of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils. Even though the puck doesn't drop for another two hours, fans are already chanting, "We want the Cup," as they prepare to root on the Kings to what would be their first NHL championship. The lines outside surrounding restaurants are filled with fans wearing purple, silver and black.
March 7, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Stompin' Tom Connors, the legendary Canadian country-folk singer known for tunes that proudly raised a beer to hockey and other pillars of Canadian national culture, has died at age 77. One of Connors' signature tunes, "The Hockey Song," is practically a surrogate national anthem, regularly blasted at hockey games from Vancouver to Nova Scotia. Connors, a kind of cross between Merle Haggard and Gordon Lightfoot, also is known for workingman blues songs about long-suffering, hard-drinking proletarians, like "Bud the Spud" (about a potato-hauling trucker)
October 7, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
If there's anything more American than a college football game, it's the marching band's halftime show. Baseball games don't have it. Pro football games rarely have it. Hockey games definitely don't have it. It's a beloved oddity of tuba-flavored Americana jammed halfway between four quarters of watching giant men batter one another. And despite the brutality of American football - where the athletes get bigger and faster every year and careers are brutish and short - marching bands have helped usher nerd culture into the mainstream.
February 16, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- The International Ice Hockey Federation has issued a statement clarifying the ruling on Russia's disallowed goal in the third period of a preliminary-round game against the U.S. on Saturday. Russian officials and players disputed the call on the play, which would have given Russia a 3-2 lead late in the third period. The game went to a shootout, which was won by the U.S. in eight rounds. According to the IIHF, the net had been knocked off its moorings before Fyodor Tyutin's shot went into the net and the play was properly reviewed.
February 15, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - They had spent nearly three hours pouring their hearts across the sticky floor of the smoky basement bar. They had cheered, groaned, cursed, crushed empty cigarette packs in frustration, danced past empty vodka bottles with glee, and chanted in baritone for their beloved Russia. Then they lost. When American T.J. Oshie scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory over Russia in a first-round Olympic hockey game Saturday night, it was a devastating ending for the several dozen fans crowding into the So Leone sports bar in downtown Sochi.
February 14, 2014 | By David Wharton and Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - The conversation was short, limited to basic words and gestures. But the two bobsledders - one Russian, one American - understood each other. "Was good?" Alexander Kasjanov asked, pointing toward the track at the Sanki Sliding Center. U.S. pilot Steven Holcomb slung an arm around his competitor's shoulder as they walked back toward their sleds. As Holcomb had explained earlier: "We all get along. " Most of the athletes at these 2014 Sochi Olympics are a generation removed from Cold War tensions that once fueled an intense rivalry between Russians and Americans.
January 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: Plus + Kudos to the St. Louis Blues for detouring during an East Coast trip to practice at Yale on Friday and attend a women's hockey game in honor of Mandi Schwartz, the late sister of Blues forward Jaden Schwartz. The team's presence helped raise awareness and funds for a foundation established in her name. Mandi, a former Yale hockey player, died of leukemia in April 2011.
January 16, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
ST. LOUIS - Greetings from St. Louis, where the Kings were greeted Thursday morning by chilly temperatures and a dusting of snow overnight. Luckily for them, rookie goaltender Martin Jones made the trip to St. Louis from Manchester, N.H., without any weather delays. He was recalled to fill the role of Jonathan Quick's backup after Ben Scrivens was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in this year's entry draft. Jones and forward Linden Vey arrived in St. Louis on Wednesday night and both were on the ice Thursday for the team's morning skate in advance of Thursday night's game against the Blues at the Scottrade Center.
January 14, 2014 | HELENE ELLIOTT
When a young Wayne Gretzky skated eight or 10 hours a day on frozen Canadian ponds, his ears would freeze and his toes would become so numb that he'd have tears in his eyes when he came inside and his father rubbed his feet to warm them. "Those are the things you never forget about being outside," he said. His next outdoor skate will be slightly different. One night soon, Gretzky will take a twirl on the rink that began to take shape Monday at Dodger Stadium for the Jan. 25 game between the Kings and the Ducks.
May 13, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Now this is total fan dedication. Donna Lebano attended the Chicago Blackhawks-Minnesota Wild first-round NHL playoff game in Chicago on Thursday. No big deal there, although she was eight months' pregnant. That's impressive, but hey, many pregnant women have attended hockey games. Except that midway through the second period, she started having contractions. And even then, she refused to leave the game because the Blackhawks had a chance to win the series with a victory.
January 30, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Forget the imagery of a kid with his face pressed against the glass, watching his friends play hockey games. Kings left wing Dustin Penner got his point across Wednesday with sharp humor, skillfully describing the current situation. "I'm waiting like a dog in a car, waiting to be let out," said Penner, who has been a healthy scratch for three straight games. Let's hope the windows are rolled down. "Just half an inch so I can't get my snout out," he said. This is just one way of saying he is all right.
January 14, 2014
There was disorder and chaos most of Monday as the Kings faced the Vancouver Canucks, although an occasional minute or two went by without some variation of a penalty being called at Staples Center. The Kings beat the Canucks, 1-0, in one of the more strange, fight-filled games here this season, a game pleasing mostly to fans of "old-time hockey" and the close relatives of the referees, eager to see them get more TV time.   After 40 minutes of scoreless play, Kings captain Dustin Brown broke the deadlock a mere 24 seconds into the third period, putting the finishing touch on a three-on-break with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, beating Canucks goalie Eddie Lack with a backhander at the right post.
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