The date was March 13, 1974 and the Kings would have a relatively easy game in a 5-1 win over the Penguins at the Forum. But it would not be the game that got all of the attention, it would be a female streaker that would capture the imagination of all young men in attendance. "Miss Cyndi," took to the ice during a break in the action. Before just 8,437 fans at the Forum, she took to the ice wearing only a Kings hat, white figure skates and holding a Kings pennant, in what is believed to be the first streaker in NHL history. I have always wanted to catch up with Miss Cyndi and find out what the story was. The following is what I believe an interview with her today would have been like.
Me: I would like to first thank you for inviting me here to Au Natural Nudist Colony and Fruit Stand up here in lovely Solvang.
Miss Cyndi: My pleasure to have you here and finally tell my story; plus I must thank you for coming here and embracing the lifestyle of nudity in order to get your story.
Me: Whatever it takes for the story. Can I call you Cyndi?
Cyndi: That would be fine, but for the record I now go by Moon in Love Forest.
Me: Wonderful, I’ll just use your initials then. First question, how cold was it out there? There were bars covering you so it was difficult to tell.
MiLF: It was very cold and I kept thinking I did not want to fall and freeze my ass off, literally.
Me: Now some say it was staged by management in order to build interest in the team. Can you tell us if indeed this was true?
MiLF: What do you think? An attractive female in white skates carrying a Kings pennant and wearing a Kings hat comes out of a tunnel and no one comes out to cover her up? Of course it was staged, Mr. Cooke had a casting call and everything!
Me: The Kings went on to finish the season with a record of 7-3-1 and then went on to the playoffs and many attribute the turn around to your stunt. Do you think the team needs another incident such as yours to help motivate the team?
MiLF: Most definitely. I’d volunteer myself but after I busted my hip it was not to be. I’m sure there are plenty of new puck bunnies that would be happy to take my spot. In fact, make it a reality show and they will be begging to take off their clothes.
Me: On to another quick subject, what have you been doing since that incident in 1974?
MiLF: I was responsible for the creation of a line of streaker friendly accessories, we called the line “Jordass”. At least until we were sued by Jordache Jeans and lost everything, that’s why am in a Nudist Colony today.
Me: Well it was certainly nice meeting you and hearing your tale, next week we explore and talk to one of the locust that was on the ice for the Rangers vs. Kings outdoor game in Las Vegas many years ago.
MiLF: Thank you for coming and be sure to hit the volleyball game on your way out!
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1/30/2014: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Los Angeles Kings
On 1/18/1968; the Kings record their first win ever at the Forum, 3-2 vs. Pittsburgh. It was their third game in their new home. Gordon Labossiere scored two goals to lead the Kings to the win. Bob Wall scored the game winner for the Kings, which had lost their first game at the Forum on Dec. 30, 2-0 to Philadelphia, and tied the second game, 2-2, with St. Louis. The Kings finished their first season at the Forum going 9-7-4.
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On 10/10/2003; Cristobal Huet recorded his second career shutout as the Kings beat the Penguins in Pittsburgh, 3-0, spoiling the NHL debut of Penguins goalie and first round draft pick Marc-Andre Fleury, who faced 48 shots. The Kings out-shot Pittsburgh 49-13, despite missing injured players Jason Allison, Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller and Mattias Norstrom.
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On 11/15/1979; the Kings and Penguins skated to a 3-3 tie as the "Triple Crown Line" of Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer record a point in their 56th straight game, a streak that began when the trio was first paired together on Jan. 12, 1979, a 7-3 win over Detroit. The "Triple Crown Line's" streak would come to an end two nights later in Montreal, in a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens.
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Whether you are a Penguins fan or just a hockey fan, the city of Pittsburgh played a large part in professional hockey coming to the U.S. Personally, I loved watching Lemieux and Jagr back in the day, they were truly exciting and just plain fun to watch. I seriously hope that for this coming game one of the current best players in the game (Crosby) takes the game off in preparation for the upcoming Olympics.
Pittsburgh had artificial ice in the Duquesne Garden prior to 1900 and realized quickly that to make money they would have to have more events than just speed skating, family skates and costume parties to make money; The Gardens was credited with being the finest indoor, artificial ice surface in North America.
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James Conant is credited with forming a three-team league called the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League with teams like the Bankers, Athletic Club and Keystone Bicycle, but also played exhibition games against the best amateur teams from North America. In the summer of 1902 Harry Peel, a Keystones player in 1901-02, admitted that he was paid $35 a week to play in the so-called amateur league and so no amateur teams would play against these teams again without being suspended by either Canadian, or U.S. officials.
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The Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets, of the United States Amateur Hockey Association were formed in 1915. They evolved from amateur to semi-pro and are one the earliest organized teams in Pittsburgh. The Yellow Jackets won the USAHA Championship in 1924 and 1925 and were coached by Dick Carroll, who earlier won a Stanley Cup coaching The Toronto Arenas in 1918. The Yellow Jackets wore black and gold uniforms and played in the Duquesne Gardens in the city’s Oakland neighborhood. The Gardens was credited with being the finest indoor, artificial ice surface in North America.
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Pittsburgh’s first National Hockey League franchise got its start in 1925 when the growing NHL welcomed two new franchises – the New York Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates – and continued an incursion into the United States that began just the year before. The western Pennsylvania city already had every right to be proud of its hockey history. Pittsburgh’s entry into the NHL helped to forestall Eddie Livingstone, a controversial NHL nemesis, and his plans for a proposed rival league. Livingstone pushed for such leagues at various times from 1918 until the mid-1920s, but none materialized. In 1926, the NHL would add a second New York team, the Rangers, as well as the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Cougars (eventually the Red Wings). At that point, it was a 10-team league.
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The last time the Kings beat the Penguins at home was on 11/5/2009 by a score of 5-2; and believe it or not the Kings were playing some pretty good hockey at the time; as evidenced by these facts from that game.
Kopitar's two goals in the game gave him 13 for the season and increased his league-leading point total to 26. The previous season, Kopitar didn't score his 13th goal until game No. 50.
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Scoring at that time was not a problem for one of the Kings lines as well. The line of Kopitar, Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams totaled five points, and had total of 48 points (20-28=48) in 11 games together.
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How about another shocker for those who still do not believe that the Kings actually had a good game at home against one of the best teams in the NHL, they went 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
When this game was played the Kings had their 16-game Kings start (10-4-2) since 1992-93 (also 10-4-2) and was tied with the 1992-93 club for the fifth best start in club history (most points after 16 games was 25 in 1974-75, 10-15).
Now I know there will be naysayers and they would actually have some nay to say about this game; the Penguins were without Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar, Max Talbot and Tyler Kennedy.
Did You Know?
Did you know that former King goalie Billy Smith is the first goalie to be credited with a goal?
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Did you know that in 1985/86 enforcer Dave “Tiger” Williams would play in 72 games and end up with 320 PIM; but even more impressive is that he was also fourth on the team in scoring with 20 goals 29 assists.
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Did you know that 364 of 601 goals scored by former King Jari Kurri were assisted on by Gretzky?
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Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEYDB.com; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; PITTSBURGHHOCKEY.net; GOOGLE IMAGES