Panthers Pass Test One

Hockey in Florida. Dumb idea, right? Well, people often say so. Except that each team from the state has been in the Stanley Cup Final, one a winner (Tampa Bay) and the other a loser (Florida). Now here the two...

Kings All Fugued Up

Every year about this time, the Kings experience what psychiatrists would call a “fugue,” which is a time when someone suffers from loss of memory, begins a new life, and when she or he recovers, doesn’t rememb...

Jason Labarbera: Clutch NHL Performer?

ANAHEIM, CA -- In 11 seasons of NHL hockey, Anaheim Ducks' third string goaltender Jason Labarbera hasn't played in very many pivotal nationally televised games, but on Wednesday night at the Honda Center, he d...

Kings Need McSomething

I’m going to steal a joke from my friend Dennis Bernstein, writer for www.thefourthperiod.com, who said on twitter that the way the Kings are going, signing defensemen, their next one will be McFlurry. That’s b...

Canucks Lack Nothing

Sunday night, the Anaheim Ducks looked to put a whumping on the Canucks something like the Kings had done 23 hours prior, when they’d beaten them 5-1 and chased Ryan Miller from the crease after two periods. ...

Ducks Grab a Point

SoCal NHL teams have made their doctors rich(er) this week, as both the Kings and the Ducks have been rolling sick wards in the past few days. The Kings’ woes were detailed in my story last night after their sh...

Balance, Speed, and Two Goals

Generally speaking, you don’t go to an Anaheim Ducks game to admire the defensive corps. Not that they’re not good. But the team has, for as long as they’ve been successful (say since about 2003) been focused o...

Who Are These Ducks?

You look at the Ducks lineup, and the first thing you notice is who’s not there. That’s obvious. Selanne. Koivu. No, Finland isn’t on the naughty list. These guys just got old, and they faded into a happy sunse...