Facts on the Fly Lockout Edition: 11/6/2012
So I think Pepperdine, (Thank you very much for starting last week) gave me a great idea last week with some trivia. At the end of this edition I will put in a trivia question; feel free to answer it. BUT; if you do answer it you then need to add a new trivia question, hopefully this will continue until we get bored or the next edition of Facts on the Fly comes out, whichever comes first. I hope everyone has had a good Lockout and made good use of their time off from watching hockey. I for one went to work on my Kings man cave in my garage, I love my wife and daughters, but sometimes a guy needs his space to just relax and eventually watch Kings hockey, (the family is always invited to join me but I have a feeling they will stay inside and do other things that are not as important). So without further ado here some Facts on the Fly for your viewing pleasure:
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How about some LA Kings facts on a team that no longer exists; the Kansas City Scouts:
In a game played back in 1974; the Kings beat the Scouts 6-0. It was the seventh shutout of King’s goalie Gary Edwards’s career. At one point the Kings scored four goals in a span of 3 ˝ minutes; Mike Murphy scored two goals and added three assists in the game.
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The King’s head coach, Bob Pulford became the first coach in King’s History to get 100 wins when the team beat the Scouts 7-4 on 3/4/75. The King’s Juha Widing led the team to victory with a hat trick.
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Here are some completely random facts:
During the 2003/04 season there was only one person to play all 82 games, Trent Klatt.
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The Kings once scored six power play goals in one game, against the Vancouver Canucks in a 12-1 victory.
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In the 1988/89 season the Kings scored 22 short- handed goals. The most short-handed goals they scored in one game were three in a game against Colorado in 1998.
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Bernie Nicholls is the only Kings player in franchise history to tally three hat tricks in the same month. These occurred on 3/17/82 against Calgary, 3/20/82 against Pittsburgh, and on 3/27/82 against Colorado.
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Of course we need a couple of stats involving this past year's team:
In the previous edition I briefly mentioned Jeff Carter getting the winning goal in Game 6. When he scored that goal it marked the 9th time in the last 25 years that a 1st round draft pick scored the game winner in what would be a final game of a Stanley Cup series. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is the only 1st overall pick in that time span to get a game winner and the highest number overall pick to net a game winner to seal the Cup was Maxime Talbot of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, he was picked 234th overall in the 2002 draft.
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Much was made about the fact that Dustin Brown and Zach Parise were American and upon winning the Cup would be the first American captain to raise the Cup since Derian Hatcher, (Hatcher was the first) did it for the Dallas Stars in 1999. It is also well known that most of the captains that have lifted the Cup are/were Canadian. But unless you are a true hockey guru, (and I know there are some of you out there) then you would be hard pressed to come up with the first European born captain to raise the Cup. In 1938; Johnny Gottselig the Chicago Black Hawks captain, would be the first player from the Russian Empire of Odessa to raise the Cup after their victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best of five series. Yet he was not the first European, that honor would go to a goalie who was also a team captain, Charlie Gardiner was from Edinburgh, Scotland and would also be the only NHL goalie to captain his team to a Stanley Cup, he did this in 1934 for the Chicago Black Hawks. On a sad note, that Stanley Cup victory would be his last game as he would pass away soon after from a brain hemorrhage, Gardiner was 29.
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And now for your trivia question, do your best to not look it up and remember, if you answer the question be prepared to come up with another question of your own:
The LA Kings have had four players in franchise history with a last name that begins with the letter Z; name the four? (Slight hint; three of them were defensemen).
Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; HOCKEYDB.com; TSN.ca; and GOOGLE IMAGES