March 17, 2013 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: PLUSES + Kudos to Vancouver Canucks goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider for appearing in a four-minute video that spoofed their much-hyped rivalry for the No. 1 job. Produced by Canada's TSN, the skit is funny and clever as it portrays the two trying to top each other while pretending to be friends. They turned a controversy into a comedy and did it well. + The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to nine Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins, vaulting past Montreal for the East lead, though the Canadiens have two games in hand.
March 4, 2013 |
The Kings' morning skate on Monday was optional, and many players took the option to work out off the ice instead of on it. But two lineup changes were apparent for Monday night's game at Staples Center against the Nashville Predators: Jonathan Bernier will start in goal in place of Jonathan Quick, and defenseman Alec Martinez will return to the lineup after missing eight games. Bernier owns the Predators and has faced them seven times, more than he has faced any other NHL opponent.
March 3, 2013 |
A day after the Kings suffered one of their worst losses this season, goalie Jonathan Quick found himself surrounded by familiar allies, all of them saying mea culpa . Little went well in a 5-2 loss to the Canucks at Vancouver on Saturday night, but everyone was lining up Sunday to share the blame. Quick is often his own worst critic and he had accepted responsibility immediately after the loss. As Kings defenseman Drew Doughty pointed out: "Quickie can't take the blame for that — some of those goals were two-on-ones, or shots that are going high, back-door passes, so definitely don't blame the game on Quickie.
February 6, 2013 |
They installed the first outdoor Olympic rings Wednesday in Sochi, Russia, a 60-by-30-foot reminder that Thursday marks a year to go before the opening of the 2014 Winter Games. The temperature was 61. That incongruity brings up the first of a baker's dozen questions about what to expect in Sochi. With baking an operative idea. Why are they having the Winter Olympics in a place with palm trees and a subtropical climate? Russian leader Vladimir Putin promised an unlimited budget, and the organizers have overspent that: $51 billion at last count, $11 billion more than the unseemly Olympic record China set for the 2008 Summer Games.
February 5, 2013 |
Attention, TED obsessives. The conference that started out as a cult event but has exploded into a global phenomenon is relocating next year. After years of being held in Long Beach, the main TED conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, in 2014. TED organizers announced the move in a blog post Tuesday. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 "We have absolutely loved the past five years there, but as TED has crossed major milestones - our billionth video view last fall and our 6,000th TEDx event last month - we feel ready for a new adventure.
February 3, 2013 |
A Canadian developer has started work on a $100-million luxury apartment building in downtown Los Angeles, the first of three high-rise residential complexes it plans to build in the booming neighborhood. Vancouver-based Onni Group is erecting a 32-story tower on a former parking lot at the northeast corner of Olive and Ninth streets. The site is next door to a well-known 12-story office building that opened in 1926 as the headquarters of Pacific National Bank. Onni's building, to be known as 888 Olive, will have 283 units - each with a private balcony -- over street-level shops and restaurants.
January 25, 2013 |
The Ducks returned to Honda Center for their home debut Friday, but the scoring prowess they flashed in Canada was exchanged by a nasty habit of penalties. After scoring 12 goals in two victories to start the season, the Ducks were done in by 12 penalties, giving up three power-play goals while losing to the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0. Less than a week after surrendering five goals in 14 shots against the Ducks, Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider stopped all 30 shots he faced. And the Ducks (2-1)
January 16, 2013 |
The Ducks finished 19th in goals-against average in the NHL last season, with grit and experience lacking. That's why the team invested $21 million over three years in veteran defensemen Sheldon Souray, 36, and Bryan Allen, 32. "They just wanted to be more heavy in their own end, a little more sandpaper, a little more harder to play against," said Souray, who is 6 feet 4. Allen is 6-5. "What Bryan Allen and I bring is not only size … we...
January 12, 2013 |
NHL players approved the tentative collective bargaining agreement that was unanimously approved by the league's board of governors earlier this week. The official lifting of the league's lockout will happen when a written Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is completed. Lawyers for both sides were going through the document line by line and comma by comma during the day. Once both sides agree to the terms and sign the memo, the NHL will release schedules and teams will be free to open training camps on Sunday.
January 12, 2013
There was almost an anticlimatic air about the official end of the NHL's lockout. It started Sept. 15 and ended Saturday night when the memorandum of understanding was completed. That final step took much longer than expected -- symbolic of the long and painful labor struggle between the NHL and the players association. An NHL PR operative tweeted at about 7:20 p.m. (Pacific time) #hockeyisback, signaling that the memorandum of understanding had been signed. And thus, NHL hockey was back in business with teams free to start signing players and making trades, at 9 p.m. (Pacific)