January 19, 1994 |
The width of the goal post to Andy Moog's right was all that kept the Kings from getting a point--or possibly two--out of a game in which they dozed for 20 minutes and then tried to substitute finesse for tenacity. Their 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars Tuesday, before a sellout crowd of 16,914 at Reunion Arena, was a tale of missing effort in the first period and near-misses in the third.
January 1, 1994 |
His team had all but disappeared offensively after the first period, yielded a season-high 55 shots on goal and mustered only 18 shots, yet King Coach Barry Melrose racked his brain and found a positive statistic in the aftermath of a 4-4 tie here against Detroit. "I don't think we've lost a game when we've given up over 50 shots," he said. And he wasn't joking. Then again, Melrose does not play goal for the Kings.
June 10, 1993 |
Slide me out there on the ice so I can shake somebody's hand. Put me in line behind the Montreal Canadiens so that I may say to each Los Angeles King: "Good job." "Nice going." "Great series." So I can thank them for their entertainment and their effort. So I can whisper the magic words: "Next year." And so I can call out as they skate off into the sunset: "Come back, Wayne. Come back."
December 9, 1993 |
So much for the alleged forgiving part of the Kings' schedule, a favorable-looking home stand dotted with the NHL's newest teams. This innocent-appearing section of the season has reared up and slapped the Kings around and it has gone from disappointing to mediocre to downright embarrassing. It reached that new low Wednesday night as the expansion Florida Panthers scored three power-play goals to beat the Kings, 6-5. Six goals is a season-high for the Panthers.
October 5, 1993 |
A beaming Dave Taylor skated past the distraught Montreal Canadien goaltender, Patrick Roy, and handed off the Stanley Cup to a teary-eyed Wayne Gretzky, who glided across the Forum ice and gave a thumbs-up sign to owner Bruce McNall. Kelly Hrudey, giddy with exhaustion, wrapped a sweaty bearhug around Barry Melrose. Roy Mlakar patted Nick Beverley on the head. And they all lived happily ever after. . . . Yes, it could still happen.
October 25, 1993 |
Almost every little thing King Coach Barry Melrose did seemed to turn to magic last season. He had an uncanny way of making the right move at the right time. Well, the magic dust was missing Sunday during a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.
May 27, 1993 |
Let's see if we've got this straight. You take a bunch of Canadian kids who grew up in small towns, dreaming of putting their names on the Stanley Cup. They hone their skills on ponds and in creaky, cold rinks, hoping for bigger days and bigger arenas. They get taller and faster and better and, one day, they find themselves in the NHL, at the entry level on the road to the hallowed Cup. Then this year, it all comes together for some of those kids.
May 14, 1993
It's a hockey town. After 26 years of more chills than thrills, after so many days and nights in the cold and dark shadow of the Forum's other tenant, after hundreds of players and dozens of coaches and more pucks than you could shake a stick at, there is finally life beyond Round 2 for the Kings, the ice guys who are tired of finishing last. "As they say, Rome wasn't built in a night," Wayne Gretzky said.
February 25, 1990 |
The Kings are going to be giving away autographs and pucks tonight as part of a charity event. Maybe they got their dates mixed up, because the charity began at home a night early when they gave the puck away in several crucial situations, leading to a 6-4 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night. The Canucks were led by Dan Quinn, who had a hat trick. The Kings had taken a 3-0 lead. For most clubs, a 3-0 lead at home against the second-worst club in the NHL is cause to celebrate.
April 13, 1990 |
Hold that funeral. The body has a pulse. At the very least. The Calgary Flames, buried under an avalanche of goals by the Kings Tuesday night, and riddled by a vicious attack from the Calgary media Wednesday, came back to life Thursday by beating the Kings, 5-1, to stave off elimination in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Kings still lead the series, 3-2, after losing at the Olympic Saddledome before 20,166, with Game 6 at the Forum Saturday.