What kind of fan are you? Simple enough question but one I want you to ponder for a moment. Moment over, think about it; are you the over top at every home game fan that cheers like an animal at feeding time when things are good and then turns around and blasts everyone on the team in one curse field montage of awesomeness that ends in your ejection from the stands? Are you the type that loves your favorite team no matter what and will make apologies as to why the team sucked during a specific time frame? Are you a new fan that is learning the game and just when you were able to describe icing to anyone that would go to a game with you they change the rule to a hybrid icing and you find yourself unsure about how hockey works? Do you find that the new intro song is the best you ever heard? (OK, if that’s the case then go find fan who has raging temper at every little Kings deficiency and stand in front of them and wait for the fun to happen) Are you the fan that yells out shoot? Are you a leaner? Are you the fan that will take the time to teach a newcomer the finest points of the game we love? Do you go down to the ice for warm-ups? (If you don’t, go at least once to be up close and watch the guys actually seem to be having a good time before going to battle) Are you the fan that heckles opposing fans? Are you the fan that sits at home and watches every game from start to finish, no matter the outcome? Are you the fan that thinks that standing up, clapping, and cheering is not nearly enough to show our appreciation for the men and women who have served our country that are honored before and during the game? This whole edition of Facts on the Fly could go on for several pages talking about what type of fan you are, but in the end; as long as we are all brothers and sisters who share a love for the Kings we are the best fans.
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11/15/2013: Los Angeles Kings @ New Jersey Devils
(For those who do not know; the Kansas City Scouts became the Colorado Rockies and they in turn became the New Jersey Devils)
On 12/18/1974; Mike Murphy scored two goals and added three assists in a 6-0 win over the Kansas City Scouts. Gary Edwards registered the shutout in goal, the seventh of his career. The Kings exploded for four goals in a 3.5-minute span Juha Widing was credited with the game-winning goal just 8:29 into the first period which set off a flurry of Kings goals, with Bob Berry scoring at 10:04, Mike Murphy scoring at 10:32 and Bob Nevin scoring at 11:59 to open up a four-goal lead.
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On 3/4/1975; Bob Pulford became the first coach in Kings history to win 100 games in a 7-4 victory over the visiting Kansas City Scouts. Juha Widing had a hat trick to lead the Kings. Kansas City jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Mike Corrigan and Butch Goring tied the score. Widing scored his first of the night to give the Kings their first lead and Bob Murdoch extended the lead to 4-2. Terry Harper also scored while Mike Murphy dished out four assists.
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On 3/6/1981; Bob Berry became the second coach in Kings' history to win 100 games when the Kings beat the Colorado Rockies, 3-1 in Denver. In the game, Colorado jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but Marcel Dionne, Dean Hopkins and Mike Murphy all tallied goals and Mario Lessard made 41 saves for the win.
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We all know what happened the last time the two teams meet so….. yeah….. here is some stuff on those guys that lost in six games in a certain Cup Final. By the way the first Devil fact is one I’ve done before but it is one that is definitely fun to read again.
The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, United States. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many different variations. The common description is that of a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. It has been reported to move quickly and often is described as emitting a "blood-curdling scream.” There are many possible origins of the Jersey Devil legend. The earliest legends date back to Native American folklore. The Lenni Lenape tribes called the area around Pine Barrens "Popuessing", meaning "place of the dragon". Swedish explorers later named it "Drake Kill", "drake" being a word for dragon, and "kill" meaning channel or arm of the sea (river, stream, etc.) in Dutch.
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The common accepted origin of the story, as far as New Jerseyans are concerned, started with Mother Leeds and is as follows: "It was said that Mother Leeds had 12 children and, after finding she was pregnant for the 13th time, stated that this one would be the Devil. In 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night. Gathered around her were her friends. Mother Leeds was supposedly a witch and the child's father was the Devil himself. The child was born normal, but then changed form. It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a goat's head, bat wings and a forked tail. It growled and screamed, then killed the midwife before flying up the chimney. It circled the villages and headed toward the pines. In 1740 a clergy exorcised the demon for 100 years and it wasn't seen again until 1890."
After years of flirting with New Jersey, NHL hockey came to the Garden State on October 5th 1982 as the Devils took the ice at the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands playing the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-3 tie. Three nights later the Devils got their first win and bragging rights by beating the New York Rangers, who had tried to block a team from moving to New Jersey, at home 3-2.
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In a 3-2 SO win over the Devils on 11/27/2006; Anze Kopitar assisted on a goal by Michael Cammalleri to earn his 23rd point of the season; which up to that point made him the rookie with the most points for the young season. When Cammalleri recorded that goal it was his 100th point in the NHL.
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On 1/31/2010 the Kings beat the Devils 3-2 in front of a stunned crowd at the Prudential Center; you see they were playing the top defensive team in the NHL with less than three minutes remaining in the third period and the Kings trailed by one goal and they were killing a penalty and playing on a handful of hours of sleep. But sometimes things happen and Wayne Simmonds beat Martin Brodeur, tying the game with 1:46 remaining, Doughty somehow got a shot through heavy traffic with 28 seconds remaining to send 17,625 Devils fans home feeling a little on the down side.
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With that victory the Kings finished 5-0 on a road trip for the first time in franchise history. It pushed their overall winning streak to six games, their longest since 2001-02 (which at that time was coincidentally, also the last season in which the Kings made the playoffs). It pushed their road winning streak to seven games, one short of the franchise record set 35 years ago.
On 11/20 1990; Tomas Sandstrom scored, a natural hat trick, in a 5-4 win vs. New Jersey. Sandstrom scored the first three goals of the game for his fifth career hat trick and set up the game-winner by John Tonelli with 4:33 to play.
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Completely random facts:
In the 2002-03 NHL season, the Kings just missed breaking the unofficial NHL record for the most man-games lost to injury in a season with 536. But with injuries to key players such as Adam Deadmarsh, Ziggy Palffy, and Jason Allison, they would easily surpass the record in the 2003-04 NHL season with 629 man-games lost. (Has record since been broken)?
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If you knew that the seating capacity for the Long Beach Arena where the Kings played their first home game was 11,200 for hockey, then damn, you’re good.
Speaking of that first home game, not only was it the site of the Kings first home game, but that game was also the site of the first NHL game involving an expansion team.
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Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEYDB.com; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; and GOOGLE IMAGES