December 6th, 2012, 11:40 AM #1
Facts on the Fly: Lockout Edition 12/6/2012
The last few weeks have been chaotic to say the least. I was planning on a special Thanksgiving Week edition of Facts on the Fly when I got a call that I needed to get my butt to Arizona to take of some family matters, which lasted two weeks. I get home and thanks to the rain and an internet company that rhymes with horizon, I have had a spotty at best connection until last night. Enough complaining from me, it looks like things are looking on the bright side for once in the lockout talks and hockey may be saved after all, (fingers crossed). Now it looks like Deadmarsh, Allison, and hockey could be back after Christmas; wait a minute, we are still waiting for the first two to come back. We’re screwed. How about some December facts for the holidays!!!
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On 12/21/1977; Butch Goring was given two minutes for slashing late in the first period, it would be his only penalty of the entire season (80 games). Goring came back to get two assists in the Kings' 8-1 win over the Minnesota North Stars at the Forum.
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On 12/24/1972; Serge Bernier scored four goals, (the first three were his first career hat trick) to lead the Kings to a 5-3 win over the Seals, there were just 976 fans in Oakland that night, in the final Christmas Eve game played in the NHL.
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There is one King who was born on Christmas day; 1933, Larry Cahan. Unfortunately for Cahan he will always be remembered as one of the two guys, (the other is Ron Harris) that checked Bill Masterson to the ice, causing him to hit his head on the ice and the result was Masterson dying two days later. Of course we know the name Masterson now due to the trophy that bears his name, the trophy is given to the player that demonstrates, “dedication, sportsmanship, and perseverance” to the game of hockey. Butch Goring, Bob Bourne, and Dave Taylor are the Kings that have won that award.
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The highest amount of goals the Kings have scored in one game during the holiday time span of 12/19-12/26 is nine and they have done it three times; once each against Winnipeg 12/19/89; Edmonton 12/22/79; and California on 12/26/70.
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The Kings and Edmonton Oilers skate to an 8-8 tie on 12/20/1986, the highest tie score in NHL history. Bernie Nicholls scored his second goal of the game with 34 seconds left in regulation which helped to cap a four-goal Los Angeles rally that would give the visiting Kings a tie with the Oilers.
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Of course we need some love for the current team:
The Kings have two players with December birthdays; Doughty (8th) and Scudreri (30th) were born in December.
On 12/11/2008; Dustin Brown recorded his first career hat trick in a game against the St. Louis Blues, on the same day; Pittsburgh’s Petr Sykora and Pascal Dupuis, also recorded their first hat tricks in a game against the NY Islanders. It marked just the fifth day in NHL history on which three or more players scored their first career hat trick.
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Also in 2008 and four days later on the 15th; Matt Greene would score his first goal as a King against the San Jose Sharks.
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Many of us love to see the star at the top of the tree during the holidays, while others like seeing who has been named a star of a game more than others. Last December, win or lose, the player that was named a third, second, or first star of the game the most was Quick; showing up five times. Brown and Doughty came in second with three apiece.
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Last year when the Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks on New Year’s Eve; it was only the second time they had ever played at home on that date. In fact the previous nine times the Kings had played on New Years was on the road. The last time they had played on New Year’s Eve at home was in 1991.
Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca: HOCKEYDB.com; GOOGLE IMAGES
You guys thought I left out a trivia question! Here ya go:
Name the three players that have worn jersey numbers in the 80's for the Kings (edit)?
Last edited by Rawley19; December 6th, 2012 at 12:37 PM.
December 6th, 2012, 11:49 AM #2
I'm no help on the trivia but thanks again for a sweet FOTF!
December 6th, 2012, 11:57 AM #3
Craig Laughlin -- 81
Originally Posted by Rawley19
Martin Straka -- 82
Petr Klima -- 85
December 6th, 2012, 12:01 PM #4
89: Mogilny ? Not sure here.
The other I don't know....
PS: looks like more than 3....I could swear Lindros was 88.
December 6th, 2012, 12:04 PM #5
Great Facts on the Fly Edition, as always. As for the trivia question, this post mentioned that the Kings had played at home on New Year's Eve one other time, in 1991. Who did they play, and who won the game?
December 6th, 2012, 12:19 PM #6
Hope all is well in Az. Thanks for the thread, always entertaining.
My mom has the same issue when it rains with "horizon".
December 6th, 2012, 01:09 PM #7
As always, great read. Thanks Rawley.
December 6th, 2012, 04:02 PM #8
I'm guessing he meant Kings players.
Originally Posted by jom
December 6th, 2012, 04:18 PM #9
I'm guessing I didn't read the question! haha!
Originally Posted by pg1067
December 7th, 2012, 06:08 AM #10
Well Lindros wa supposed to be traded to us.