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June 11, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Happy anniversary, Los Angeles Kings. A stick-tap of appreciation for a night that changed local hockey history a year ago. The men of winter worked into June and captured the franchise's first Stanley Cup, completing the journey on home ice at Staples Center. What they did a year ago now seems more impressive, coming close to running the table, going 16-4 in the playoffs and losing just once on the road during the run. Here's a couple of excerpts from The Times from that special night in Los Angeles: “They were the five minutes that changed 45 years.
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January 17, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
CHICAGO - The Ducks failed to protect numerous streaks Friday, all because the Chicago Blackhawks were hovering over something more treasured. In beating the Ducks 4-2 before a sellout United Center crowd, the Blackhawks put the greatest challengers to their Stanley Cup defense in their place. Gone is Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller's 14-game winning streak, as is the Ducks' run of eight consecutive wins. And they are now 18-2 since their last visit to Chicago on Dec. 6. "We knew how big it was," Chicago forward Marian Hossa said after scoring the game's opening goal short-handed, and its last on an empty net that stopped a furious Ducks' rally of two goals late in the third period.
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June 13, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Finally, the Kings have something bigger to celebrate than their 1982 Miracle on Manchester playoff comeback. A lot more to boast about than winning the Smythe Division title in 1991 and the Campbell Conference championship in 1993. Over the last two months they created enough splendid playoff memories to forget about collapses and chaos and illegally curved sticks and shifting blame for everything that went wrong every year no matter how much optimism they carried into any given season.
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January 16, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
CHICAGO - The Ducks won't dare say they've solved the Chicago Blackhawks, but their 5-0 run after a December 2011 road loss is nonetheless head-turning. The teams renew acquaintances Friday night at United Center. "We've won enough games against them that we have a level of confidence to know we can beat them," Ducks center Nick Bonino said of the defending Stanley Cup champions. "You can't go in thinking you have their number, but you can go in knowing you can win. " The Ducks - leading the NHL with a 36-8-5 mark that includes a record-tying 18 wins in 19 games - swept the Blackhawks (30-8-11)
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November 14, 2010
Ducks tonight AT CHICAGO When: 4 PST. Where: United Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 10-7-1, Blackhawks 8-9-1. Record vs. Blackhawks (2009-10): 3-1-0. Update: A win by the surging Ducks against the defending Stanley Cup champions would be the seventh in a row and would tie a club record set in 1999. The Blackhawks, despite a strong start, have been struggling. In fact, they haven't won in regulation yet this month.
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December 13, 2011
Kings tonight AT BOSTON When: 4 p.m. PST. Where: TD Garden. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 13-12-4; Bruins 18-9-1. Update: The meeting against the defending Stanley Cup champions comes after one of the more tumultuous days for the franchise in recent years. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi flew to Boston and fired Coach Terry Murray on Monday afternoon. Murray, who was in his fourth season as the Kings' coach, had conducted practice earlier in the day and remains one win away from No. 500 in his career.
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April 15, 1990 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 3:14 of the second overtime at the Forum Saturday night, Mike Krushelnyski lofted the puck over the grasp of Calgary Flame goalie Mike Vernon to give the Kings a 4-3 victory in the longest game in their history. That eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions in six games in the opening round of the NHL playoffs and sends the Kings against the winner of the Edmonton Oiler-Winnipeg Jet series.
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November 6, 1995 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How do you explain the Mighty Ducks? Jacques Lemaire, coach of the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils, was left to ponder that Sunday after his team became the fourth in a row to be dismantled by the Ducks, who were 2-8 little more than a week ago. With a 6-1 victory over New Jersey in front of 17,174 at The Pond of Anaheim, the Ducks have dispatched the last two Stanley Cup champions in succession, mowing down New Jersey, the N.Y. Rangers, St.
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October 4, 1991 | MARK PARGAS and DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gull co-owner Howard Baldwin, described by one hockey executive as having a lust for hockey, reportedly is close to getting back into the NHL. Baldwin and retired rental car executive Morris Belzberg have confirmed they are close to buying the Pittsburgh Penguins, defending Stanley Cup champion. WPXI-TV and the Associated Press said the two will pay Edward DeBartolo Sr. $55 million for the team, which would stay in Pittsburgh.
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May 14, 1993 | JEFF WILLIAMS, NEWSDAY
The New York Islanders, without their star and their captain, but not without heart and soul, beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-5, Wednesday night to force a seventh game in their Patrick Division final series. With Pierre Turgeon out with a shoulder injury and captain Patrick Flatley out with a bad knee, the Islanders put on a dazzling display of guts and talent at Nassau Coliseum Wednesday night.
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November 9, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Scott Niedermayer glided into the Hockey Hall of Fame as smoothly and surely as he skated around NHL rinks through 1,263 games over parts of 18 seasons. Niedermayer's skates seemed to be extensions of his feet, so gracefully did he move when he brought the puck up ice or patrolled his position on defense. He won just about everything there is to win at every level of hockey - including four Stanley Cup championships, the last in 2007 alongside his brother, Rob - and his election to the Hall of Fame was a certainty in his first year of eligibility.
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June 11, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Happy anniversary, Los Angeles Kings. A stick-tap of appreciation for a night that changed local hockey history a year ago. The men of winter worked into June and captured the franchise's first Stanley Cup, completing the journey on home ice at Staples Center. What they did a year ago now seems more impressive, coming close to running the table, going 16-4 in the playoffs and losing just once on the road during the run. Here's a couple of excerpts from The Times from that special night in Los Angeles: “They were the five minutes that changed 45 years.
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June 9, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Moments after the Kings' season ended in the longest game in franchise history, General Manager Dean Lombardi walked into the dressing room and was confronted by silence. There was a visible sense of disappointment and anger from players at the fact their Stanley Cup reign ended Saturday in a Game 5 double-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. "There's almost no emotion," Lombardi said Sunday afternoon on a conference call. "You're almost frozen. There's so much going through your head, there's nothing going through your head.
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June 8, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
CHICAGO -- The champions weren't about to skate off quietly into the night. And the Stanley Cup champion Kings did all they could to prolong it as long as possible, on guts and fumes, as they lost, 4-3, in double overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night at United Center. It was the longest game in Kings history and it took the completion of Patrick Kane's hat trick to end it at 11:40 into the second overtime. The last hat trick to clinch a berth in the finals was in 1993 - the Kings' Wayne Gretzky against Toronto.
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April 14, 2013 | Helene Elliott
A year ago Monday the Kings took a 3-0 playoff series lead over the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks, as goaltender Jonathan Quick made 41 saves and Dustin Brown scored on a rebound in a 1-0 victory at Staples Center. The Kings lost the next game but finished the series in five, the start of the dominance they would display during their march to the Stanley Cup. This season's playoffs won't start until April 30, delayed by the lockout that postponed the launch of the regular season. The condensed schedule and early-season injuries threw the Kings off-kilter for a while, but their internal clocks seem to be adjusting at just the right time.
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February 20, 2013 | Helene Elliott
CALGARY, Canada -- The Kings turned their season around and launched themselves toward the Stanley Cup when they acquired forward Jeff Carter from Columbus last Feb. 23. This season, he is almost single-handedly sustaining their hopes of having a chance to defend their title. Trevor Lewis scored the go-ahead goal Wednesday on the rebound of a shot by Carter, and Carter provided an insurance goal with a shot from the high slot off a pass by Mike Richards at 9:27 of the third period, key elements of the Kings' 3-1 victory over the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
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April 12, 1990 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A smile crossed the face of King Coach Tom Webster Wednesday afternoon as he talked about his club while gazing out the window of the team's new 727 jet at the snow-capped Canadian Rockies below. And why not? This was a man sitting on top of the world. A few months ago, the mere thought of flying seemed impossible for Webster.
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February 4, 1990 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody ever mentioned Bob Kudelski. Not the people who criticized the trading of Bernie Nicholls to the New York Rangers for Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato. Nor the people who praised the deal because of what it would mean to Wayne Gretzky to have Sandstrom on his right. Nobody talked about Kudelski, the man on the left side in this new line. Yet Kudelski has become the biggest beneficiary of the different alignment.
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February 16, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
On opening day of the shortened 48-game NHL season, the visiting Chicago Blackhawks spoiled the Kings' party. It was banner-raising day, a last chance to remember the magical playoff run of last June. The Blackhawks showed up, won the game, 5-2, and have been winning ever since. Chicago is the last remaining NHL team undefeated in regulation (11-0-3), which means now the Kings can return the favor Sunday. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter has deep Blackhawks roots, having played his entire 406-game NHL career in Chicago and then breaking into the coaching ranks with them.
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January 31, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join hockey Hall of Famer Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman at 1 p.m. today for a live discussion of the Kings, Ducks and the NHL in the wake of the lockout. You will be able to submit questions live during the discussion. The Kings got off to a slow start this season, which had some sounding the alarm, but, as Elliott wrote earlier this week , "The Kings' start was hardly perfect, but it didn't blow up their chances of repeating. "This is the same team that scrambled out of the depths of the Western Conference last season to grab the No. 8 seeding, learning at each step how to overcome doubts and deficits.
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