March 22, 2014 |
Forget the torch passing. Maybe there should have been the passing of a goalie stick when legend Rogie Vachon and Jonathan Quick convened in the dressing room Saturday afternoon after Quick became the winningest goalie in Kings history. Quick made 24 saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season as the Kings beat the Florida Panthers, 4-0, at Staples Center. Scoring for the Kings were Trevor Lewis, Mike Richards, Dustin Brown and defenseman Alec Martinez. They have twice shut out the Panthers this season.
March 20, 2014 |
Let's pause for a moment of appreciation for Rogie Vachon and Toe Blake. And Marian Gaborik. First, the present-day man of the moment: Gaborik. The recently acquired Gaborik set up the first goal and later scored the decisive goal in a three-round shootout, leading the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Kings 2, Capitals 1 (SO) The victory was the Kings' first in four games, stopping a three-game losing streak.
June 13, 2012 |
Continuing our countdown of the 10 greatest L.A. Kings of all time, as chosen by Times readers. No. 5: Rogie Vachon (31 first-place votes, 6,682 points) Vachon, who began his career with Montreal, was traded to the Kings in 1971 and became their first real superstar. He was one of the best one-on-one goaltenders of his era and never gave up a goal on a penalty shot. After retiring, Vachon served as general manager of the Kings from 1984 to 1992 and has served as interim head coach of the team on three separate occasions.
June 4, 2012 |
Alec Martinez was on the business end of Jack Ferreira's sense of humor recently. "Three times during the Western Conference Final, he broke his stick in the exact same spot trying to get off a one-timer," said Ferreira, special assistant to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. "I said something to him about it after a game and he said, 'You think it's I spend too much time in the weight room?'" Martinez, the Kings' 24-year-old defenseman, offered yet another tongue-and-cheek excuse, saying, "Blame it on Easton, not me. " Well, a little weight-room work and an Easton stick had Martinez answering a lot of questions after a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center on Monday.
October 24, 2011 |
For perspective on the significance of Jonathan Quick's club-record shutout streak of 188 minutes and 10 seconds and historic three straight shutouts, consider this: It was only four years ago that the Kings used seven goalies and couldn't find one reliable enough to prevent them from finishing 29th in a 30-team league. The previous season they threw an out-of-his-league Yutaka Fukufuji in net four times, apparently traumatizing him so badly that he never played another NHL game.
HOME & GARDEN
June 25, 2010 |
Legendary Kings goalie Rogie Vachon has listed his Venice-area home at $1,488,000. The Mediterranean-style house is six blocks from the beach. Built in 2001, the 3,005-square-foot tri-level includes a den, a loft, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Vachon, 64, is selling because he has purchased another house in the area. He was goalie for the Los Angeles Kings from 1971 to '78 and general manager from 1984 to '92. His number 30 was the first retired by the Kings. During his time in the National Hockey League, the goaltender also played for the Montreal Canadiens, the Detroit Redwings and the Boston Bruins.