I know the Kings are playing Columbus in tonight’s game, but I would like to take a moment to talk to you good people about something else, the Kings game that was played last Sunday morning. Now I do not even want to talk about the game itself, but rather the fact that it was on Sunday morning. I loved it. The team may have lost, but it was a highly entertaining affair and I liked starting my day off with a Kings game. Getting up, making breakfast and sitting around in my pajamas with a cup of coffee while watching not just hockey, but Kings hockey made the day a nice one. I can only imagine how much better the day would have been if they had won. Now we get to see what lunch and a Kings game will be like this coming Sunday against the Blackhawks, unless I really sleep in and in that case it will still be breakfast. Also, hope to see some of you at the game as I will be in attendance with my lovely wife, (told you Penner was going to get a point in the last game honey)!!! One last thing, early Facts on the Fly due to Valentine’s Day, or rather Valentine’s Night.
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2/15/2013: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Los Angeles Kings
The last time the Kings played the Blue Jackets at the Staples Center was on 2/1/2012; this was the game that ended in the final second of play when Doughty scored to make it 3-2 for the win. Feel free to discuss all of the conspiracy theories that came about after that game was reviewed.
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On 2/21/2004; Luc Robitaille scores a power-play goal and becomes the first player to get 10 (or more) power-play goals 14 times in his NHL career; this all happened in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets at the Staples Center.
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On 10/12/1977 the Kings opened the new season with a 2-0 shutout win over the Cleveland Barons. This game also marked the debut of new head coach Ron Stewart. Vachon was in net for the win that saw goals by Kings Marcel Dionne and Ernest Hicke.
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Ah, Columbus again. At this point it might be easier to come up with information on Christopher Columbus and the exquisite wood work that went into making the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. At this point I consider it a challenge to find stuff on new teams such Columbus, challenge accepted!!! Here are some facts on the Cleveland Barons that I found and have not written about, (except the intro part to let you good folks now who they were in the first place)
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The Cleveland Barons played in the NHL from 1976–78; they were originally the California Golden Seals, which had played in Oakland since 1967.The team lasted all of two seasons before they had to merge with the Minnesota North Stars who were also facing heavy financial burdens.
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The team was named Cleveland Barons after an AHL team that played in the city from 1929 to 1973. The city had done well in the minor league market but the city and had been turned down for an NHL expansion team on three previous occasions. The Barons played in the Richfield Coliseum; the arena would have the largest seating capacity in the NHL with seats for 18,544 hockey fans, (they only broke 10,000 in attendance 7 times in the first season and their largest attendance was 13,100 in a game against the Flyers in the 1977/78 season).
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How bad were things for players in Cleveland? The Barons actually missed payroll twice in a row in February; wanting to avoid the embarrassment of a team folding at mid-season a last-minute $1.3million loan from the league and the NHLPA was arranged to allow the Barons to finish the season.
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The Cleveland Barons eventually became the San Jose Sharks, (that’s another story) but in true hockey coming around full circle, the Barons came back as a Sharks affiliate from 2001-2006. One of the interesting things that came out of this was a new jersey for the Barons; the jersey was originally going to be an alternate logo for the Sharks; the logo was instead altered and given a top hat, formal wear, and a monocle.
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The 1977/78 Kings skate their way into the rotation of the count up.
The team started the season with a new coach Ron Stewart who had coached for the Rangers in the 1975/76 season. The Kings finished third in the Norris Division that season with a record of 31-34-15 for a total of 77 points.
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Marcel Dionne led the team in points with 79 (36g + 43A) but Goring would lead the team in goals with 37. Dionne may have beaten Goring for goals, but he missed 10 games.
On December 21, 1977 LA King Butch Goring got a two minute penalty for slashing. Why is that important? It would be his only penalty all 80 game season long; in fact he would also be only one of two Kings to play all 80 games, the other was Center Pete Stemkowski.
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The Kings made it to the playoffs again that year, this time they would play a different opponent in the best of three format; the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last couple of years they had played the Atlanta Flames and won both series; this would not be the case this season. The Kings were completely dominated from the start, losing the first game in Toronto 7-3; then coming back home two nights later to lose 4-0.
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Did You Know, for those who like to know things.
Did you know that LA King “Whitey” Widing’s full name was Juha Markku “Whitey, Flying Finn” Widing?
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Did you know that Rogie Vachon faced only 5 penalty shots in his career as a King and he saved all five?
I know I did a Larry Robinson fact last game, but did you know that his first goal in his NHL career was scored against the Kings? Way back on 2/3/1973 for the Canadiens in a 7-1 win for that team.
Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; HOCKEYDB.com; GOOGLE IMAGES