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May 25, 1988 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
On the night the lights went out in Boston Garden, the dim hopes of the Boston Bruins remained flickering for at least another 48 hours. That was about the only good news for the Bruins as a power failure at the Boston Garden Tuesday night forced postponement of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finalsbetween the Bruins and the Edmonton Oilers.
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June 7, 2012 | Lisa Dillman and Chris Foster
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell has played 719 regular-season games, making his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils in 2000 and appearing in his first playoff game in 2003 with the Minnesota Wild. Mitchell, one of the most accommodating and affable players in the league, was trying to keep a tight rein on his feelings in the hours before Game 4 on Wednesday night. "It's a lot of emotion, and not trying to get away from it, to be honest, but it's only human nature," he said, chatting with a small group of reporters after the morning skate.
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June 2, 2008 | Helene Elliott
DETROIT -- Dave Lewis seems destined to be a forerunner of hockey history, to do his work and depart -- not by choice -- just before the mountain is climbed, the flag planted and the party started. Otherwise, he might have been the man coaching the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena, with the Stanley Cup in the house, the city abuzz and no octopus safe from being heaved onto the ice in Detroit fans' traditional and unique ritual.
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June 7, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
After almost 45 years of heartbreak and general unhappiness, the franchise that never won a Stanley Cup whiffed at a chance to parade one in front of their fans. Missed opportunities. So many, many missed opportunities. The Kings hit the post twice and failed on an estimated 7,000 breakaways in a 3-1 loss Wednesday to New Jersey in Game 4 of the Final. They still hold a dominating 3-1 series lead, but you could almost sense their bitterness afterward at Staples Center.
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May 25, 1990 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the trade that shocked a nation, angered a city and, supposedly, decimated a team. Goodby Wayne Gretzky. Goodby Stanley Cup. For two years, that's all Edmonton Oiler owner Peter Pocklington has been hearing after dealing The Great One to the Kings. But no more. Not after Thursday. Gretzky may be in Los Angeles, but the Stanley Cup is back in Edmonton after the Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins Thursday night, 4-1, before a Boston Garden crowd of 14,448 to win the finals in five games.
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June 8, 1997 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were not enough brooms in Detroit to sweep away memories of the Red Wings' 42 years of futility, of the lean years when they struggled for credibility or--more recently--when they reached the brink of success but lacked the character to take that final step.
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June 7, 1993 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
King defenseman Charlie Huddy left the dressing room with a new piece of equipment--a knee brace--and may have left his season behind. Huddy was thought to have suffered a sprained right knee on the first shift of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals when he was hit by Montreal's Mike Keane in the corner, but on Sunday the injury was revised to a torn ligament, according to team physician Ron Kvitne.
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June 12, 1999 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mike Modano's wrist injury, described by Dallas Coach Ken Hitchcock as "not overly serious" after the 4-2 victory Thursday that enabled the Stars to tie the Stanley Cup finals at one game each, may actually be a broken bone. However, in keeping with hockey's warrior mentality, Modano was expected to practice today with a cast on his left hand and may play tonight at Marine Midland Arena.
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May 26, 1992 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Both teams began the season after a summer of agony. Both struggled through a winter of discontent. Yet both are alive in the postseason and playing extremely well, hoping to conclude with a spring of salvation. Their troubles apparently behind them, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks come into Pittsburgh's Civic Arena tonight for the opening game of the 1992 best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals, powered by impressive streaks.
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June 4, 2008 | Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' season was ticking away. Champagne was being delivered to the Detroit Red Wings' locker room at Joe Louis Arena and the Stanley Cup had been polished to a blinding shine. In the first defining moment for a young team, Maxime Talbot -- on the ice in place of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, brought the Penguins even with 34.3 seconds left in the third period by scoring a tenacious, second-effort goal.
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June 7, 2012 | BILL PLASCHKE
If you closed your eyes -- and believe me, you wanted to close your eyes -- you could almost hear a slow moan whistling out of the building. A city's inflated expectations were being punctured. An incomprehensibly joyous downtown sports party was being deflated. Forty-five years of frustration was being rudely, reprehensibly popped. Psssssst. The Kings' first chance to treat their pained fans to their first Stanley Cup championship escaped into a silent night Wednesday after a 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
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June 7, 2012 | Lisa Dillman
And so, the Stanley Cup was spirited back into the night. Or something like that. The Cup and its handlers left the once-festive building, as did the New Jersey Devils, leaving Staples Center with a 3-1 victory over the Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. With that, the Devils took the buzz out of the arena, stopping the celebration-on-deck party, 45 years in the making. Kings' fans patiently have waited that long for the franchise's first Stanley Cup, and now it will be at least a delay of three more days for the champagne and nerves to stay on ice. (You can assume that some of the fans have broken it down to hours, minutes and seconds.)
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June 5, 2012 | Lisa Dillman
Shot-blocking came first, then the scoring. Penalty-killing paved the way and the missing power play surfaced and joined the Kings' Stanley Cup party, providing the hammer on the final two goals. Guts before glitz, once more with feeling for the Cup. This might be the best way to portray the Kings, at least for now, following their 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday in Game 3 at Staples Center. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had his third shutout of these playoffs -- a team record -- making 22 saves, and linemates Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist.
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June 3, 2009 | Chris Kuc
The Pittsburgh Penguins got themselves back into their Stanley Cup finals series against the Detroit Red Wings with a 4-2 victory in Game 3 at Mellon Arena on Tuesday night. The win, in front of a crowd of 17,123, cut the Red Wings' lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1 with Game 4 on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are attempting to become just the fourth team in NHL history to rebound from an 0-2 deficit and win the Cup.
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June 4, 2008 | Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' season was ticking away. Champagne was being delivered to the Detroit Red Wings' locker room at Joe Louis Arena and the Stanley Cup had been polished to a blinding shine. In the first defining moment for a young team, Maxime Talbot -- on the ice in place of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, brought the Penguins even with 34.3 seconds left in the third period by scoring a tenacious, second-effort goal.
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June 3, 2008 | HELENE ELLIOTT
DETROIT -- Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero took a moment to ponder the question. Had his team come of age Monday with the 4-3, triple-overtime victory that sent the Stanley Cup finals back to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a sixth game, a performance built on resilience and pluck and the unflappable goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury? "I know the manager did," he said, smiling.
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June 13, 1999 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dallas Star Coach Ken Hitchcock described center Joe Nieuwendyk as a man on a mission. For Nieuwendyk and the Stars, no mission seemed impossible Saturday. Nieuwendyk scored his 10th and 11 playoff goals as the Stars rallied to defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, before a disappointed crowd of 18,595 at Marine Midland Arena.
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June 13, 1999 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Craig Ludwig has heard every euphemism to describe the Dallas Stars' advanced age. Veterans. Experienced. Wily. Everything but the truth. "Go ahead, say it. We're old," said Ludwig, 37. OK, they're old--for hockey, anyway. But despite an average age of nearly 30, the Stars had more endurance and a greater spring in their step Saturday, key factors in the 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres that gave the Stars a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals.
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June 3, 2008 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
DETROIT -- Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock didn't say anything to his players after they squandered a chance to claim the Stanley Cup on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena. "I don't talk after we win and I don't talk after we lose," he said. "So I don't have to think of something to say." He could have said how surprised he was to see his veteran team so nervous and lose, 4-3, in triple overtime, sending the finals back to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Wednesday.
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June 2, 2008 | Helene Elliott
DETROIT -- Dave Lewis seems destined to be a forerunner of hockey history, to do his work and depart -- not by choice -- just before the mountain is climbed, the flag planted and the party started. Otherwise, he might have been the man coaching the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena, with the Stanley Cup in the house, the city abuzz and no octopus safe from being heaved onto the ice in Detroit fans' traditional and unique ritual.
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