January 25, 2002
Mark Hardy first made his mark with the Kings as a tough, versatile defenseman, but now he's succeeding as an assistant coach in charge of the team's penalty-killing unit, which began Thursday's game against Minnesota ranked No. 1 in the NHL. "Harpo is very dedicated," said veteran winger Kelly Buchberger, who played against Hardy when he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers. "He's done a tremendous job preparing us for every team that we're playing.
April 20, 1998 |
Coach Larry Robinson said that he's not worried about goaltender Stephane Fiset's recent problems--33 goals given up in his last nine starts--because of the Kings' overall defensive breakdowns but he did admit that backup Jamie Storr could be an option in the playoffs. "It's possible because I don't know if [the Blues] have seen Jamie," Robinson said. "This isn't the time of year to play favorites. You do whatever is possible to win hockey games.
January 3, 1998 |
Even the Kings, who have failed to score first in 26 of their 40 games, are tired of talking about their slow starts. The Kings are 13-1 when they score first, best in the NHL. "We've been talking about this now for a month or a month and a half," Coach Larry Robinson said. "To get off to a good start." The Kings have been outscored, 45-31, in the first period this season, but they have the edge over the last two periods combined, 80-67.
November 6, 1998 |
The list of wounded, walking and otherwise, grew Thursday night for the Kings, with winger Steve McKenna, at 6 feet 8, 247 pounds, the NHL's biggest player, joining it in the first period. McKenna suffered a strained abdominal muscle in a fight with the Blues' Tony Twist at 16:53 and went off the ice, not to return. He joins Sandy Moger and a host of injured Kings. Moger, a winger, has a back strain that has recently developed and his status is day to day.
September 30, 1998 |
He has ridden mile after boring mile on a stationary bicycle, giving an ankle sprained during the first session of the first day of training camp time to heal. "Not playing, not skating, I wasn't feeling very good," said King center Jozef Stumpel, who will play in his first exhibition game tonight at San Jose. "It's all been kind of boring." Stumpel, the King offensive leader with 79 points in 77 games last season, will skate tonight on a line with Vladimir Tsyplakov and Glen Murray.
October 30, 2006 |
Jose Theodore needed a good performance after being benched the last two games. The Colorado goalie provided one and got some help along the way. Theodore made 20 saves, Milan Hejduk had his second two-goal game of the week and Ian Laperriere scored his 100th NHL goal in Colorado's 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night at Denver. Hejduk also scored twice Oct. 23 against the Kings.
December 30, 2000 |
Honesty Is the Best Policy Dept.: King winger Stu Grimson was in the right place at the right time in the opening period of the Kings' 4-1 victory Friday night, just in front of Dallas goalie Eddie Belfour when Jere Karalahti launched a shot from beyond the right-wing faceoff circle. Grimson's stick went up. The puck went past Belfour. Goal and a 1-0 King lead. Goal Grimson, his third of the season, came the announcement. "I was surprised," he said.
November 2, 1998 |
Adding injury to insult Sunday night, the Kings lost defenseman Doug Bodger for four to six weeks because of a broken left hand suffered when he stepped on a puck in the pregame warmup and fell to the ice. Bodger tried to play but left with trainer Peter Demers at 6:08 of the first period. "What is it, Murphy's Law, is that it?" Coach Larry Robinson asked, laughing.
March 27, 2004 |
Anson Carter returned to the city that brought out the best hockey of his career, but it didn't help end his slump. Mired in a goal-scoring drought since being acquired by the Kings, Carter continued to struggle in the Kings' 3-1 loss Friday to the Edmonton Oilers.