The Kings go back on the road after a quick pit stop at home in which they got a win against the Blue Jackets. I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of the moderators during the first intermission of that game, FBJ and Mitchrock. It is always great to meet fellow LGKers and I really must thank TooCool who has introduced to most of the members I have met. If you have not had the chance to meet other LGK members, I highly suggest that you make an effort to go to one of the “unofficial” meeting spots to just say hi. I did just that and it is really nice to have a face to match up with the screen name.
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2/17/2013: Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks
Kings defenseman Andreas Lilja scores his first NHL goal in a 5-2 win at Chicago. Lilja scored his first goal in his fifth NHL game on 12/9/2001.
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The Kings set a club record with the fastest four goals on 11/23/1977, Syl Apps Jr., Hartland Monahan, Pete Stemkowski and Ernie Hicke score in a span of 2:21 in the first period of an 8-2 win over Chicago. Unfortunately, the only decent picture I could find on Apps Jr. is while he was with the Penguins, still interesting to see the old Penguin jerseys though.
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On 11/4/1990; Kings goalie Daniel Berthiaume registered 40 saves at Chicago to record his first shutout as a King, 2-0. Luc Robitaille and Steve Kasper scored the goals for the Kings. Berthiaume, won for the sixth time in seven games and became the first Los Angeles goaltender to shut out the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium since Dec. 22,1977.
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The Blackhawks have been on a tear and it is up to the Kings to try and find a way to end their streak we keep hearing about. I have said it at least one other time before, but those Chicago jerseys are still pretty damn awesome. Hopefully the Kings can make it three in a row and start a new history with the jerseys that they wore while dominating teams on the road during the Kings Stanley Cup run last year.
The Chicago Blackhawks joined the NHL in 1926 as part of the league's first wave of expansion into the United States. They were one of three American teams added that year, along with the Detroit Cougars (now the Detroit Red Wings) and New York Rangers.
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The Black Hawks first owner was Frederic McLaughlin and he took a very active role in running the team despite having no background in the sport. For most of his tenure as owner, he served as his own general manager. He was also very interested in promoting American hockey players, then very rare in professional hockey, the Black Hawks were the first NHL team with an all-American-born lineup.
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Chicago goaltender Tony Esposito was named to Team Canada for the Summit Series of September, 1972. He was the first goalie to earn a win against the Soviets, splitting Canada's goaltending duties with Montreal's Ken Dryden. Esposito posted the lowest GAA of the three goalies who appeared in the series.
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Blackhawk great Stan Mikita was born in Sokolče, Slovak Republic as Stanislav Guoth, but moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, as a young boy to escape Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle who gave him their surname, Mikita.
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The 1978/79 LA Kings have the following facts for you to enjoy.
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This would be the season that Marcel Dionne would be joined by Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer, together they will become known as the Triple Crown line. The addition of Simmer and Taylor helped Dionne put together a great season as he would score59 goals. Even with the new firepower, the team would only finish in third place with a record of 34-34-12 as they allowed 286 goals in the season.
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The Kings made it to the playoffs again, but goaltending problems would catch up with them as they were soundly beaten by the New York Rangers in two straight games, allowing nine goals.
Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke makes history when he sells the Kings, Lakers, and the Forum to Jerry Buss for a then record $67 Million, the largest business transaction in sports history at that time. Mr. Buss would sell the Kings a short time later.
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Completely random facts for your consideration.
The most power play goals the Kings ever scored in a season is 103, during the 1987/88 season.
In the 1970/71, 2003/04, and 2006/07 seasons the Kings did not record one hat trick during the entire season.
From November 24, 1979 to December 27, 1979; Charlie Simmer scored a goal in thirteen straight games, still a Kings record.
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Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; HOCKEYDB.com; GOOGLE IMAGES