First off, sorry for no Facts last week. I was in Seattle most of the week with my wife for our anniversary. Second, sorry for no Facts on Toronto or Montreal; too damn busy. Third, I will make it up to all of you fine people with a Top Ten List. Here are the Top Ten excuses other teams are making for not scoring in the first period of the last 17 games.
10. They feel bad because Quick is out.
9. The last few games they thought they were up against a different Jones and his bullwhip.
8. No other team wanted to get to close and catch a bad case of the Scrivens.
7. Sutter was giving some of his classic quotes as other teams skated by and they were laughing too hard.
6. The other teams feel absolutely horrible about the Kings having to play against a Ducks team that will be dressed as safety cones.
5. Visiting teams to the Staples Center are still in shock after hearing the Intro song.
3. Visiting teams are still all excited about meeting Amazing Race Ice Girls!!!
2. When on road games in Canada the Kings are running on pure Tim Hortons, the other teams are already immune to it.
1. The King’s defense is just to frikken good.
12/14/2013: Los Angeles Kings @ Ottawa Senators
On 1/29/2003; Bryan Smolinski scored his 200th career goal and it is also the game winner as the Kings shutout Ottawa at Staples Center. Ziggy Palffy added two goals and Jamie Storr registered his 15th career shutout making 18 saves. Smolinski was traded later that March to Ottawa.
(Image of Smolinski)
Om 3/6/2008; Erik Ersberg stopped all 40 shots he faced vs. the Ottawa Senators to earn his first NHL win and shutout as the Kingsbeat Ottawa 2-0. The 40 saves were the most ever by a Kings rookie goaltender in a shutout. Alexander Frolov and Patrick O'Sullivan scored the goals for the Kings.
(Image of Ersberg)
Things I know about the Senators; they are in Canada and they lost to the Ducks in the Stanley Cup. Other than those two things, (and the things listed below) I’m sorry, just really never got interested in them other than hoping they beat the Ducks in the Stanley Cup. So I guess there’s that. Also, I have done the Ottawa Silver Sevens before, but the stories of old time hockey seemingly never get old.
The first "dynasty" of the Ottawa HC was from 1903 until 1906, when the team was known as the "Silver Seven". The era started with the arrival of Frank McGee for the 1903 season and ended with his retirement after the 1906 season. Having lost an eye in local amateur hockey, he was persuaded, despite the threat of permanent blindness, to join the Senators. The youngest player on the team and standing 5 foot 6 inches tall, he went on to score 135 goals in 45 games. In a 1905 challenge against the Dawson City, he scored 14 goals in a 23–2 win. He retired in 1906 at the age of 23. McGee enlisted in the military in 1915. He was killed in action in the Battle of the Somme on September 16, 1916. His body was never recovered.
(Image of McGee)
In the 1903 CAHL season, Ottawa and the Montreal Victorias both finished in first place with 6–2 records. The two clubs faced off in a two-game total goals series to decide the league championship and the Stanley Cup. The first game, played in Montreal on slushy ice that made it a desperate struggle to score, ended 1–1. The return match in Ottawa, witnessed by three thousand fans, was on ice coated with an inch of water. The conditions did not hinder Ottawa, as they won 8–0. This started a period in which the team held the Stanley Cup and defeated all challengers until March 1906. For that Stanley Cup win, each of the team's players was given a silver nugget by team executive Bob Shillington, an Ottawa druggist and mining investor. He gave them nuggets instead of money since the players were still technically amateurs and to give them money would have meant disqualification from the league. In a 1957 interview, Harry Westwick recalled that at the presentation "One of the players said 'We ought to call ourselves the Silver Seven.' and the name caught on right there. (At the time, hockey teams iced seven men—a goaltender, three forwards, two defensemen and a rover).
(Image of 1905 Silver Sevens)
The Silver Seven participated in perhaps the most famous Stanley Cup challenge of all, that of Dawson City of Yukon Territory in 1905. To get to Ottawa, several thousand miles away, Dawson City had to get to Whitehorse by overland sleigh, catch a train from there to Skagway, Alaska, then catch a steamer to Vancouver, B.C. and a train from there to Ottawa. On December 18, 1904, several players set out by dog sled and the rest left the next day by bicycle for a 330-mile trek to Whitehorse. Despite the difficult journey, Ottawa refused to change the date of the first game. The first game was close at the halfway point, Ottawa leading Dawson three to one. In the second half, the play became violent when Norman Watt of Dawson tripped Ottawa's Art Moore, who retaliated with a stick to the mouth of Watt. Watt promptly knocked Moore out, hitting him on the head with his stick, the game ended 9–2 for Ottawa. After the game, Watt was quoted as saying “McGee doesn't look like too much," as he had only scored once in the first game. McGee went on to score four goals in the first half of the second match and 10 in the second half, leading Ottawa to a 23–2 score; his 14 goals remains a record for a single game of major senior hockey. After this win, the players took the Cup and attempted to drop-kick it over the Rideau Canal. The stunt was unsuccessful, as the Cup landed on the frozen ice and had to be retrieved the next day.
(Image of the Dawson City Squad Playing in Dawson City)
When the Kings played the Senators on 12/2/2005; a hockey game was played in between the penalties of the third period. The Kings lost the game 5-1 but it was the third period that made the game famous. There were a total of 20 penalties, (12 for the Senators- 8 for the Kings) in that period alone, five of which were majors. It was also the first time the Senators had beat the Kings since 1/11/2000; ending a Kings streak of 6 wins against them.
The Kings beat the Senators 1-0 on 2/3/2009; what made it interesting is that it marked the coaching debut of Cory Clouston for Ottawa who was the fourth head coach for the Senators since the Sens lost to the Ducks in the Stanley Cup in 2007. It was also the 200th game of Matt Greene’s career.
(Image of Greene)
On 12/3/2009 the Kings beat the Senators 6-3; in that game Wayne Simmonds scored on a penalty shot, the 14th in team history. It also extended a career high 5 game point streak for Simmonds. After that win the Kings were 11-0-0 when leading after two periods.
(Image of Simmonds)
Random stuff about King’s stuff:
On February 5, 2007 the Kings traded Sean Avery to the NY Rangers for Marc-Andre Cliché, Jason Ward, and Jan Marek. While with the Kings, Avery played in 218 games. He had 35 goals and 64 assists, and 667 PIM in those 218 games.
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The player with the most penalty shot attempts as a King is Luc Robitaille with four. He made two and missed two.
During the 1995/96 season the King’s Yanic Perreault scored all three of the teams OT winning goals, the last one against the winking SOB Patrick Roy.
(Image of Perreault)
The first King’s player to ever wear the number one was goalie Wayne Rutledge and he had a record of 20-18-4 in the King’s inaugural season of 1967-68.
(Image of Rutledge)
Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; HOCKEYDB.com; GOOGLE IMAGES