Two Magical Goals

Kyle Clifford in a cowboy hat. That’s what greeted fans on the LA Kings website Saturday, along with the announcement that it was “country Music Day.” Anything to sell tickets, I guess, but to whom? Honestly...

Not Tonight, He’s Not

“Nobody comes to the rink to stay close or to have moral victories.” That was Todd McLellan’s pronouncement after the Kings won Tuesday night, and a good one. But that leaves a question: What’s a bad hockey tea...

More of the Dead

As a misread metaphor, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) might have been better used for the LA Kings than the Anaheim Ducks  as each team used the motif to promote its weekend games. The festival honors and...

Price Ties Plante, Weal Good!

Let’s not get weepy, but I’m gonna say this: had I been able to look ahead from my Montreal childhood and see myself in an NHL press box covering the game on a nightly basis, I would have thought it a dream. If...

Ya Just Never Know

Just when you think there’s nothing much to see at the LA Kings’ game, pow! They pop two power play goals in the first four-plus minutes against Chicago. Chicago. One of the reasons fans braved the weather a...

Do My Simple Job

Everyone in the southern part of the state knew he was going to do it. Sunday night, and then again Monday. Who? What? Ovechkin, whose one-timer from the left dot on the power play simply can’t be stopped. S...

It Was Good! And Then It Wasn’t

The LA Kings held in tough against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night as the Kings celebrated Chinese Heritage Night. The guys from Beantown were fresh off a win against the Ducks a day prior. The Kings had fa...

They Just Can’t Finish

Boston doesn’t do warmups like most clubs. Two features stood out before their game against the Ducks Friday night: Brad Marchand, at one point, directed traffic as to who could shoot and when. At another point...

Shake Up the Happiness

A shakeup never hurts, right? (Unless it’s the Northridge Quake. Oh, that was bad. But I’m talking about hockey here in LA. The Kings, in particular.) With Vancouver coming in off a 1-0 loss to the Ducks a nigh...

Boyle Just One Highlight

The last time the masses assembled in Anaheim for an NHL game, the Ducks stunk up the arena with a 13-shot debacle which was the second game of a seven-game losing streak extending to the present. What? You’ve ...