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February 28, 1996 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
The Los Angeles-area businessman who may be the reason St. Louis had a landing place for Wayne Gretzky greeted Tuesday's night's news of the trade for the Great One with mixed feelings. "I'm a hockey fan, and I want the Kings to do well," said Harry Ornest, the Beverly Hills resident who owned the St. Louis Blues from 1983-86. "But St. Louis is a great hockey town, and if anybody's going to give them their money's worth, it's Wayne Gretzky."
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May 11, 2013 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The crowd yelled for Dustin Penner to shoot as the final seconds of the second period ticked off the clock Friday at Staples Center. His teammates yelled for Penner to shoot and the coaches joined the chaotic chorus. Penner, not known for always taking coaches' advice, listened this time. "If you don't try you don't know," he said. Because he tried, and because his long shot glanced off the stick of St. Louis defenseman Roman Polak and changed direction enough to catch goaltender Brian Elliott off guard, the Kings took and held a one-goal lead that launched them into the second round of the playoffs.
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February 29, 1996 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How many times could one cry wolf about a trade? Too often, as far as St. Louis forwards Craig Johnson and Patrice Tardif were concerned during the seven weeks of rumors that culminated in their trade to the Kings on Tuesday night for Wayne Gretzky. "It's happened a few times, actually," Johnson said on Wednesday, joking, of being traded for Gretzky. "People were coming up to me and saying, 'Good luck in L.A.' I'd say, 'What are you talking about?' They said, 'You just got traded.'
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April 29, 2012 | Lisa Dillman
Answer: Matt Greene, Dustin Penner and Jonathan Quick. Question: Who happened to be three stars -- in no particular order -- in the Kings' 3-1 victory over the Blues on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals? Serious questions demand serious answers. Seriously. This isn't some strange hockey quiz with Quick's name thrown in for a whiff of credibility. Indeed, Quick was his usual (nearly) impenetrable self in making 28 saves in the series opener and keeping the Kings from losing a grip under early Blues pressure.
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February 29, 1996 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Gretzky, whose arrival propelled a faltering franchise to hockey respectability and brought the Kings within three games of a Stanley Cup in 1993, left Los Angeles having fallen short in his ultimate mission Tuesday when he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. It was the second trade in Gretzky's illustrious NHL career. The first brought him from the Edmonton Oilers to the Kings in 1988 and had Gretzky in tears.
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February 28, 1996
A look at the players acquired by the Kings in the trade for Wayne Gretzky: ROMAN VOPAT Position: Center Height: 6-3. Weight: 216. Born: April 21, 1976, Litvinov, Czechoslovakia. A center, Vopat shoots right. Acquired by the Blues as a seventh-round choice (172 overall) in the 1994 NHL entry draft. PATRICE TARDIF Position: Center Height: 6-2. Weight: 202. Born: Oct. 30, 1970, Thetford Mines, Quebec. A center, Tardif shoots left.
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February 28, 1996 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Gretzky was traded for the second time in his NHL career Tuesday, and this time, there was no disbelief around the league, only relief. "It's about time they did it," said Detroit defenseman Paul Coffey, Gretzky's close friend and teammate from the Edmonton dynasty days. "We've been talking the last couple of months about this."
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April 26, 2001 | ROY JURGENS
3. DALLAS vs. 4. ST. LOUIS Best of seven (*if necessary; all times Pacific): Friday: at Dallas, 4 p.m. Sunday: at Dallas; 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: at St. Louis, 4 p.m. May 3: at St. Louis, 4:30 p.m. May 5: at Dallas, 10 a.m.* May 7: at St. Louis, 5 p.m.* May 9: at Dallas, 4 p.m.* THE BREAKDOWN * Team records: Stars--48-24-8-2, 106 points; Blues--43-22-12-5, 103 points. * Season series: Blues, 1-0-2. * Coaches: Dallas--Ken Hitchcock; St. Louis--Joel Quenneville. * How they got here: Dallas defeated No.
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April 30, 1998 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
First Period: BLUES 0, KINGS 0 * Highlight Reel: Welcome to "Get Geoff Courtnall Night" at the Great Western Forum. He became the man the Kings love to hate after crashing into rookie goalie Jamie Storr in Game 3 on Monday, setting up the Blues' four-goal rally and changing the course of the series. Glad everyone dressed in black. Here's a stick upside Courtnall's head from defenseman Doug Zmolek. Here's an elbow. Here's a shove. Here's a . . .
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April 23, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT
In a distinguished 20-year career in which he won six Stanley Cup championships, Larry Robinson played 227 playoff games, the second-highest total in NHL history. But when it comes to playoff coaching experience, he's a rookie all over again at age 46. And like any rookie, Robinson felt a mixture of anticipation, anxiety and eagerness Wednesday as he prepared the Kings for their playoff opener tonight against the St. Louis Blues at the Kiel Center. "This is what it's all about," he said.
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January 17, 2007 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Andy Murray, coach of the St. Louis Blues, acted surprised Tuesday morning when asked about his return to Staples Center this week. "Is that where we go next?" Murray said. Yup, Thursday night against the Kings. That's the organization that fired him in March, after seven years, as a season with so much promise dissolved into a mess that resulted in a complete housecleaning. Murray, though, claimed he hadn't circled the date on his calendar after being hired as the Blues' coach Dec. 12.
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April 26, 2001 | ROY JURGENS
3. DALLAS vs. 4. ST. LOUIS Best of seven (*if necessary; all times Pacific): Friday: at Dallas, 4 p.m. Sunday: at Dallas; 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: at St. Louis, 4 p.m. May 3: at St. Louis, 4:30 p.m. May 5: at Dallas, 10 a.m.* May 7: at St. Louis, 5 p.m.* May 9: at Dallas, 4 p.m.* THE BREAKDOWN * Team records: Stars--48-24-8-2, 106 points; Blues--43-22-12-5, 103 points. * Season series: Blues, 1-0-2. * Coaches: Dallas--Ken Hitchcock; St. Louis--Joel Quenneville. * How they got here: Dallas defeated No.
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October 9, 2000 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a lot for the St. Louis Blues to feel good about after shellacking the Mighty Ducks, 5-1, at the Arrowhead Pond Sunday. Of course, none of it will matter when the playoffs begin in April. Something the Blues know all too well. Gathering dust in various trophy cases are all those wonderful awards St. Louis players won last season. The collection included the President's Trophy, given to the team with the best overall record during the regular season.
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July 4, 1998 | SCOTT MOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brett Hull opted for winning and money rather than tradition and history Friday, signing a three-year, $17.5-million contract with the Dallas Stars. Hull went with the Stars, who made it to the NHL's Western Conference finals last season before losing to Detroit in six games, instead of the Chicago Blackhawks, the team with which his Hall-of-Fame father, Bobby Hull, spent much of his career. "The main thing is to win and to be a champion," Hull, 33, said.
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May 10, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not quite three years since the St. Louis Blues traded left wing Brendan Shanahan to Hartford for defenseman Chris Pronger, but it might as well be a lifetime ago for both players. Since then, Shanahan has been traded again, to Detroit, where he helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup last season. Pronger, who was involved in two alcohol-related incidents while playing for the Whalers, has straightened himself out personally and professionally.
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May 8, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Montreal left wing Brian Savage must be an optimist. In analyzing the Canadiens' Eastern Conference semifinal against the Buffalo Sabres, which begins tonight at Buffalo's Marine Midland Arena, Savage wasn't discouraged by thoughts of goaltender Dominik Hasek's exploits in leading the Czech Republic to the gold medal at the Nagano Olympics. Nor was Savage daunted by Hasek's 2.09 goals-against average and league-leading 13 shutouts and .932 save percentage.
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July 4, 1998 | SCOTT MOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brett Hull opted for winning and money rather than tradition and history Friday, signing a three-year, $17.5-million contract with the Dallas Stars. Hull went with the Stars, who made it to the NHL's Western Conference finals last season before losing to Detroit in six games, instead of the Chicago Blackhawks, the team with which his Hall-of-Fame father, Bobby Hull, spent much of his career. "The main thing is to win and to be a champion," Hull, 33, said.
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April 30, 1998 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
First Period: BLUES 0, KINGS 0 * Highlight Reel: Welcome to "Get Geoff Courtnall Night" at the Great Western Forum. He became the man the Kings love to hate after crashing into rookie goalie Jamie Storr in Game 3 on Monday, setting up the Blues' four-goal rally and changing the course of the series. Glad everyone dressed in black. Here's a stick upside Courtnall's head from defenseman Doug Zmolek. Here's an elbow. Here's a shove. Here's a . . .
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