June 2, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. -- Two games into this Stanley Cup Final, and the Kings have stolen history, buzz, Devils fire, New Jersey nights, and, finally, the one thing that has even big jaded Los Angeles gasping. Our breaths. For a second consecutive game, they stole our breaths, at least mine, as I'm sitting here in the bowels of a stunningly silent Prudential Center gulping air while trying to swallow exactly what just happened. Gasp. The Kings are two games from winning the first Stanley Cup championship in their 44-year history after winning a second consecutive game in overtime.
March 26, 2012 |
The New York Rangers' success has been the big story in the East, and rightfully so. The Philadelphia Flyers draw attention thanks to quirky goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov , who can be riveting or terrifying. And most hockey observers have narrowed the most-valuable-player contenders to Flyers winger Claude Giroux , Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin . In the meantime, another East team has been positioning itself for a strong playoff run. The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, almost written off after a 3-7 start and later plagued by inconsistency, have quietly won four of five games and solidified their hold on the No. 2 seeding.
March 25, 2012 |
American audiences know Jay Baruchel as the nerdy kid from such films as "Knocked Up" and "She's Out of My League. " But with the new hockey comedy "Goon," the Montreal native is making the leap to feature film screenwriter. He and Evan Goldberg ("Superbad") teamed up to pay homage to Canada's national pastime with a movie that's violent on the ice and tenderhearted off — but it is thoroughly, unquestionably Canadian. "We made it for somebody, and we made it for Canadian kids," Baruchel, 29, said in a recent interview.
February 23, 2012 |
A week or so ago, we asked you to vote for the 10 best sports movies of all time. And, 9,280 ballots later, we unveil your picks. No. 8: "Slap Shot" (525 first-place votes, 18,096 points) Much like your choice for 10th best sports movie, "Chariots of Fire," "Slap Shot" finished first on a number of ballots, but wasn't even listed on a majority of ballots turned in. It was pretty much all or nothing for "Slap Shot. " "Slap Shot" stars Paul Newman as Reg Dunlop, player-coach of the Charlestown Chiefs minor league hockey team, which is scheduled to be disbanded at the end of the season. During the season, the team picks up the Hanson Brothers, bespectacled goons with the maturity of 5-year-olds. Dunlop refuses to play them, but near the end of another hopeless game, gives them an opportunity.
February 14, 2012 |
The forward did not have to ring twice. In this case, Dwight King only had to knock once. Last week King was able to break the news to Manchester Monarchs teammate Jordan Nolan that they were both being called up from the minors by the Kings with a quick knock on his door. "He said to wake up, pack up. We're leaving in an hour," Nolan said in El Segundo on Tuesday after the Kings' practice. Said King: "He'll get to remember that forever. His first call-up, I was the guy to tell him. It's a good story.
December 28, 2011 |
Nick Aliotti has done a nice job coordinating Oregon's defense if you consider he has to plot each week against two offenses — the opponent's and his. This week, Aliotti is prepping Oregon for Monday's 98th Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin. The Badgers average 44.6 points per game and appear to be playing downhill, against you, on a slanted field. Wisconsin has a running back, Montee Ball, who has scored 38 touchdowns and a quarterback, Russell Wilson, who can run, pass and probably belt out the national anthem.
September 10, 2011 |
I have teased the goofs who own the Chargers for more than 25 years. You can just imagine how excited they are about the prospect of one day joining us in Los Angeles. But I hope it never happens. I like work-free Sundays, sitting in front of TV with a pick of entertaining games to watch while not concerned whether our middle linebacker can make bail on a DUI arrest before the opening kickoff. I'll never have to pay to enter the new stadium, but someone in my family will undoubtedly want to go, and I know who will be asked to buy the tickets.
September 8, 2011 |
Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday that they are looking again into the death of boxer Arturo Gatti . Brazilian investigators had ruled Gatti's 2009 death a suicide, but a spokesman with the Pernambuco state prosecutor's office told the Associated Press the case is being analyzed again. That comes after private investigators in the U.S. presented evidence challenging whether the Italian-born, Canadian-raised boxer had killed himself. Spokesman Jaques Cerqueira said prosecutor Paula Ismail may ask for the U.S. investigators' findings, which indicated Gatti was killed.
June 17, 2011 |
A world-class team and the worldly city it represents absorbed devastating blows Wednesday night. The damage won't easily be repaired for the Canucks, who were thumped by the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, or for Vancouver, where rioters looted in the downtown core after the team's 4-0 loss. The stench of disappointment was overpowered by the smell of tear gas police deployed to quell the vandalism. Cars were flipped and burned, sending plumes of smoke skyward.