The offering of Patron to the Hockey Gods did not work, in less there is a miracle I am going to lose my Penner bet with my wife and Thursdays game may have been one of the most bizarre games I have ever witnessed. The Kings and Oilers played in a game that seemed like it was never going to be played at even strength and then there was the whole multiple disallowed goals that ultimately ended up in a trash heap mess that made the Death Star trash compacter look empty. Hopefully going to Phoenix and playing in front of their tens of fans will be what the doctor ordered.
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1/26/2013: Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes
On 10/25/1987; Luc Robitaille scored the game winner on a penalty shot in the second period against Eldon "Pokey" Reddick in a 2-1 win at Winnipeg. The goal would be Robitaille's first game winner.
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Goalie Jamie Storr records his first NHL win, 4-2, vs. Winnipeg at the Forum on 1/28/1995. LA King and former Jet John Druce scored two goals, including the winner, against his former team breaking open a 2-2 tie to help Storr get that first win.
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On 1/6/1980; Marcel Dionne scored his 18th career hat trick and added an assist as the Kings tied the Jets, 4-4 at Winnipeg; Dionne would have four hat tricks during the 1979-80 season.
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The Coyotes are a hard team to write about, they have a short history and the Kings play them so many times it is not easy coming up with new stuff on them. Sure I have written about the Jets, Coyotes, and even the Roadrunners; but when it comes down to it, it is still my task to find some new stuff. So, if in the course of reading this little section on the Coyotes you see something that you have seen before, I am sorry, (but I think all of this may be new).
One of the Coyotes affiliates is the Arizona Sundogs; the team name Sundog refers to an atmospheric phenomenon primarily associated with the reflection of sunlight by small ice crystals in cirrus clouds, resulting in what appears to be two suns in the sky. The Sundogs' primary 'S' logo makes reference to this occurrence with large and small starbursts.
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The Jets started a trend that is still very important in the NHL today, they scouted European players. In the 1974/75 season they did something unheard of at the time, they signed 6 Scandinavian players including Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson. The addition of this talent led the way to Hull scoring 77 goals that season.
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In the 1980/81 season the Jets second NHL season, the team would struggle, posting a miserable record of 9-57-14, which was 24 points worse than any other team in the NHL.
The former Winnipeg Jets played their last game in Winnipeg on April 12 1996 and it would be a memorable one for Keith Tkachuk; he would record his 50th goal of the season in a win that would put them one point ahead of the Mighty Ducks for the final playoff spot. By the way, that final game was against the Kings.
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It is time to look in on the 1969/70 Los Angeles Kings.
Unfortunately for fans of the 1969/70 team it would not be a good season as the team finished dead last in the league with a record of 14-52-10.
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The Kings may not have a win right now, but the 1969/70 went through a streak of seventeen games where they did not record a victory. Their record in that span was 0-13-4. To add to this, the Kings won just two games on the road all season.
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There was a huge plus for the Kings that season though; in the 1969 NHL Entry Draft they picked up a player that would be become a fan favorite. The fifth round, number 51 pick overall was a young man named Butch Goring.
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Here is another installment of Did You Know?
Did you know that it was a severe knee injury that ended Jim Fox’s career and paved the way for his transition to the broadcast booth?
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Did you know that Coach Sutter was once the rookie of the year in a league in Japan?
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Did you know that Justin Williams scored the final goal of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs? It was an empty netter against the Oilers, and would essentially put the nail in the coffin for Edmonton as William’s team the Carolina Hurricanes would win the Stanley Cup.
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A little bit harder trivia question for this go round:
Who was the other player that was traded to the Kings along with Mike Richards from the Flyers?
Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEYDB.com; GOOGLE IMAGES