Two Questions, Five Goals and Jerry Maguire

For a team that’s only 20 years old, it was more than 25 years in the making.
No team had come back from being down four goals in the playoffs since Minnesota clawed their way to a 5-4 victory over Chicago on April 28, 1985.
Until the Sharks last night.
Meanwhile, the line of Kyle Clifford, Brad Richardson [...]

Kings-Sharks Game Two: High / Low with Jim Fox

The unofficial MayorsManor road reporter is back!
Jim Fox rejoins us today with his thoughts on the Kings 4-0 victory last night in San Jose.
As you may recall from his High/Low article following game one, Fox didn’t like the team’s minimal shots in the first period that night or their defensive zone coverage on the first [...]

Kings down Sharks 4-0, Game 2 notes and video

It was a night of ‘Oh yeah, that’s happened before.’
* On December 27, 2010 the Kings beat the Sharks in San Jose by a score of 4-0.  Ditto last night.
* Last year vs. the Canucks, the Kings lost game one of their opening round series with Vancouver and then won the second game to [...]

Kings forward Wayne Simmonds – Born for Playoff Hockey?

Wayne Simmonds and Drew Doughty – best friends, roommates, former OHL rivals…the bond is strong, for sure.
They also share a bit of history with Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll. All four played their first game as a member of the Kings together. It was October 2008, at Staples Center, versus San Jose.
Tonight, they’ll face off [...]

Doughty on the Sharks – His Memories and Concerns

Long before Drew Doughty was a Norris Trophy finalist and one of the top defensemen in the league – OK wait, not that long before, more like a year earlier – he made his NHL debut against the Sharks.
Below he gives some thoughts about now playing them in the playoffs for the first time and [...]

Kings vs Sharks – What Could Happen, Has Happened

Some credit card commercial says there’s a one-in-18 chance of a hat trick being scored in an NHL game.
So, that’s something that could happen.
However, here are a few of the more likely stories to watch for tonight (and some other loosely connected tidbits)…
* Should the Kings win, they’re officially in the playoffs. Also of note [...]

POLL: Who Will Seize The Opportunity?

With Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar out of the line-up for the final seven games of the regular season (and longer), nearly every Kings player is talking about guys needing to step up.
And although that seemed to be the theme of the day at practice yesterday, coach Terry Murray was stressing opportunity…
As in, “an opportunity [...]

The Dream is Dead for Kevin Westgarth

You know the saying – when one door closes, another one opens.
Well, with Justin Williams unavailable (due to a shoulder injury sustained Monday night), Kings coach Terry Murray had a hole to fill on the top line with Dustin Penner and Anze Kopitar.
Sure, he could have gone with frequent fill-in Wayne Simmonds or the guy [...]

100 Games Later, Little Has Changed for Kings-Ducks

Game one of the Kings-Ducks rivalry was a one goal game back in December 1993, a night that began with the two teams tied in the standings.
Fast forward more than 15 years and game #100 ended 2-1 (in overtime) and the clubs were separated by just three points in the standings.
They’re also now tied in [...]

Wayne Simmonds on Penner and Greasy Goals

photo courtesy of Michael Zampelli

Wayne Simmonds was perhaps one of the happiest guys on the LA Kings early last week. Not only had the team acquired a big left wing in Dustin Penner, but coach Terry Murray announced he would start Penner on a line with Simmonds and Anze Kopitar.
While Simmonds had seen top line [...]