Growing up we say a lot of “what ifs”; such as what if the sky was green, what if cats barked and other nonsense. My big what if right now as an adult is this; what if goalie Ben “The Professor” Scrivens interviewed our fearless leader Coach Sutter? Gold right!!!??? I am no professor or coach but maybe it could sound like this, (plus I would love to hear what you think a question or two with an answer might be like):
Scrivens: Coach, what are the early indicators that a team is feeling a camaraderie or fellowship towards one another?
Coach: I’d imagine their first time in the showers together.
Scrivens: The Id, Ego and Super Ego all play a part in the psyche of how a player develops. If you had to facilitate a hypothesis as to which is most important which would you chose?
Coach: The one that can play left wing.
Scrivens: Do you find it an antinomy that the team is facing a possible genesis with new faces in the locker room?
Coach: No. Next.
Scrivens: Last question; the chord in the locker room lately with the accumulation of points over the last smattering of games has been like what in your opinion?
Coach: One thing is for sure, since you have been starting more I’ve finally started using that Dictasaurus thing a lot more.
11/23/2013: Colorado Avalanche @ Los Angeles Kings
On 11/13/1984; Bernie Nicholls became the first player in NHL history to score a goal in all four periods of a game. He scored once in each period, plus the overtime winner as the Kings beat the Nordiques 5-4 in Quebec City. Nicholls, who had tied the score with a power-play goal at 3:34 of the third period, also notched the winner at 2:57 of overtime on a power play after splitting the Quebec defense.
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On 12/27/1979; Charlie Simmer scored a goal in his 13th straight game, a modern NHL record in a 3-0 win over Quebec. Simmer's streak would be stopped on Dec. 29 in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota. Simmer scored two goals in the game to support Ron Grahame's 26 saves in the shutout.
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On 2/18/1989; the Kings set a club record, since equaled, with seven goals in one period. Los Angeles scored seven times in the third period vs. Quebec in an 11-3 win. Wayne Gretzky finished with two goals and five assists. Mike Krushelnyski, Luc Robitaille and Bernie Nicholls scored for Los Angeles which led, 3-1 after the first period. After the Nordiques scored two goals the Kings then scored eight unanswered goals starting with John Tonelli's goal, which turned out to be the game winner. In the Kings' wild third period, Steve Duchesne scored twice in the first 6:46, followed by goals by Steve Kasper, Gretzky's two, Dave Taylor and Robitaille's second as the Kings outshot Quebec, 20-7 in the third and 40-30 for the game.
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Growing up here in Southern California I had zero friends in my neighborhood who had an idea what hockey was much less any of the other teams in the NHL. So it turns out that when I told my friends I was going to a King’s game one night to watch them play the Nord-i-qs, (I thought that this was the way to say it) my friends had no idea I was wrong; that is until David-Pierre joined my class. Apparently he was from some part of Canada called Ottawa and he had no problem in correcting me in front of all my friends and making fun of me for being a stupid American who knew nothing about hockey. Turns out that he also found out I played hockey and challenged me to a game of one on one, I accepted. Long story short, I had no problem in correcting him that Canada was not the only place that kids played hockey.
The Nordiques hold the honor of being the only major professional sports team to have been based in Quebec City in the modern era, and one of only two ever; the Quebec Bulldogs, played one season in the NHL in 1919–20.
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The Quebec Nordiques formed as one of the original World Hockey Association teams in 1972; however the franchise was originally awarded to a group in San Francisco, as the San Francisco Sharks. The Sharks group's funding fell through prior to the start of the first season, and the WHA quickly sold the organization to a group of six Quebec City-based businessmen who owned the Quebec Remparts junior team. They were named the Nordiques because they were one of the northernmost teams in professional sports in North America. Quebec City is located at 46 degrees north latitude; the only WHA teams located farther north were the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Cowboys, Vancouver Blazers and Winnipeg Jets.
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The 1975/76 season saw the Nordiques become the only team in major professional history to have five players break 100 points (Tardif, Cloutier, Bordeleau, Bernier and Houle). The season ended in disappointment as the Nordiques lost to the Calgary Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs, after losing Marc Tardif to injury after a controversial hit by the Cowboys' Rick Jodzio.
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During the 1976/77 season the Nordiques were chosen to represent Canada in the Izvestia Hockey Tournament in Moscow. This tournament started in 1967 in the former Soviet Union and is played in December, except for 1974 to 1975 when its matches were spread out during the season. During the 1970s and 1980s, the cup was often commonly referred to as "The Little World Championships". In that tournament the Nordiques finished with a record of 0-3-1.
On 1/29/2004; the Kings and the Avalanche played in what would be their final game that would in end in a tie score with a final of 3-3. Derek Armstrong scored the tying goal with 3:15 left in the third period; the Kings also got power-play goals from Alexander Frolov and rookie Scott Barney.
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When the Kings beat the Avalanche on 10/19/2005 in Denver by a score of 5-4 it was a come from behind victory. At one point the Kings were down 4-1 at the halfway mark of the game but in the second period they scored three to tie it and LA King Craig Conroy scored the game winner with just 58 seconds remaining in the game.
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2/24/2007 brought about the first time the Avalanche and the Kings ended a game in a shoot-out with a 6-5 win for the Kings. The goalies for this first between the clubs were Peter Budaj for the Avs and Sean Burke for the Kings. The shoot-out went six rounds with Dustin Brown scoring the winning goal in that shoot-out.
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During the 2009/10 season the Kings did not even play the Avalanche for the first time in the season until 2/13/10. But it would be the final game of that season on 4/11/2010, when the Kings beat the Avalanche by a score of 2-1 in OT that was much more important. That win sent the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Not so random facts about the Kings involving international play:
On 12/26/1985; the Kings battled the Soviet Red Army in an exhibition game at the Forum. The Red Army team won, 5-2 as the Soviet team opened a 10-game, 10-city exhibition tour at the Forum. The Soviets scored three goals early in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie.Marcel Dionne scored both goals for the Kings. Future NHL players Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov were in the Red Army lineup. The Red Army went 5-0-1 during Super Series 1986, losing to the Quebec Nordiques, 5-1.
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When the Kings played on 12/3/1990 it was not against a traditional foe, rather it was a face off in the Super Series 1990 against Khimik Vorkresensk in what was their second ever exhibition with a Soviet team and their first win during the Super Series 1990. The Kings held the Soviets to just one goal on 20 shots in a 5-1 win, in a game which opened up a 21-game series between NHL teams and Soviet teams. Khimik would finish with a 3-3-1 mark in their seven games.
On 12/10/1991; the Kings went out and taught the Team USA kids a lesson as goalie David Goverde got the shutout to beat Team USA, 5-0 in an exhibition game at the Forum. Interestingly, Tom Webster, who was five games into a 12-game suspension for throwing a stick from the bench at referee Kerry Fraser, was given permission by the NHL to coach the Kings in the exhibition. Also, Tomas Sandstrom, who had four games left on a five-game ban for high sticking Kevin Haller on Nov. 14, 1991, also played, scoring twice. Goverde would go on to play just five NHL games, all with the Kings, from 1991-94, posting a 1-4-0 mark.
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Marcel Dionne played for Team Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup and the 1981 Canada Cup. For the 1976 Canada Cup, his linesmates were Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito. He was also on a line with Lanny McDonald and Darryl Sittler and they were on the ice when the tournament winning goal was scored.
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