POLL: Who was the Los Angeles Kings 2011 Playoff MVP?

First off, I’d like to say thank you to everybody who reads MayorsManor – from the loyal daily readers, to the occasional people just passing by. I appreciate all of you and there will plenty more hockey coverage between now and the start of training camp next fall – including coverage of the draft, free [...]

Ryan Smyth is playing ‘off the stat sheets’

Ryan Smyth has done just about everything the Kings have ever asked of him.
He’s mentored the younger players, led by example, played on various lines with multiple partners, scored goals, etc.
Through it all, he’s been pretty consistent – except for one thing.
This season, he played in all 82 regular season games – the first time he’s [...]

More history – of the 25th kind – to be made today?

Some of the best creations to ever come out of the NHL’s Marketing Department are the ‘History Will Be Made’ commercials.
In about 30 second intervals they capture the greatest moments in hockey by simply using clips from a game, some music and a thought provoking question.
Even though the Kings are still searching for their first [...]

Kings vs Sharks – Game Five Playoff Photos

Earlier in the series Jon from sharkspage.com – the Bay Area’s longest running hockey blog – was kind enough to pass over some photos from games one and two between the Kings and Sharks (linked here: game one and game two).
Below are some shots he took during game five on Saturday night, featuring: Drew Doughty, Jack [...]

Is opportunity knocking on Trevor Lewis’ door?

Rookie or not, Trevor Lewis has been a valuable piece of the Kings arsenal this season.
Used mostly as a defensive forward, he’s occasionally moved up to a higher profile line and did so again in game two (when Jarret Stoll was out).
During the regular season he averaged 11:29 of ice time per game – and [...]

Smyth’s been here before with a few of these guys

Last hour, Willie Mitchell shared his experience of being down 3-1 in two different playoff series back in 2003.
Well, at least four other Kings players have been there as well – and it was all in the same series, the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals between Carolina and Edmonton.
The Hurricanes had jumped out to a 3-1 [...]

Which Kings player will get off first?

The Kings have scored first in two of the three playoff games with the Sharks.
And they have a 1-1 record to show for it.
Still, when game four gets underway tonight, the coaches, the players and the fans will all be looking for the Kings to score first and take control early. They’ll need to win [...]

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 vs Sharks – Game Two Playoff Photos

A few days ago Jon from sharkspage.com – the Bay Area’s longest running hockey blog – was kind enough to pass over some photos from game one between the Kings and Sharks (linked here).
Below are some shots he took at game two on Saturday night, featuring: Drew Doughty, Michal Handzus, Oscar Moller, Brad Richardson, Ryan [...]

Ryan Smyth Looking for Help From Seventh Attacker

Ryan Smyth had already played in 87 NHL playoff games, spanning 10 different trips to the post-season, before the Kings and Sharks met up on Thursday night.
Although that gives him the advantage of experience, each new series brings its own story lines, challenges and surprises.
After practice today, he spoke about a few of the [...]