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The Stanley Cup Will Come Down To The Best Team Vs. The Best Player

The Rangers and Kings are in the Stanley Cup Final because of depth, since this is not basketball, where a small number of very good or great individual players can drag a team to postseason success. You need top-flight players to win championships in hockey, obviously, but just as necessary are lower-level players… » 6/04/14 2:49pm 6/04/14 2:49pm

Here's Why Russia's Third Goal Was Disallowed

Russia took a 3-2 lead in the third period after Fyodor Tyutin's blue-line goal, until they didn't. The goal was reviewed by officials, and because USA goalie Jonathan Quick slipped and knocked the net off of one of its moorings ever so slightly—look at the bottom of the left post—Tyutin's score was disallowed.… » 2/15/14 9:55am 2/15/14 9:55am

The Goat, The Goalie, And Another Easy Win For The Best Hockey Team In…

Drew Doughty spent the last 10 seconds of the 2011-2012 NHL season standing around and doing nothing. As the Devils made a token effort along the boards in the Kings zone, and as the Kings made a similarly token effort to chip the puck out, Doughty stood on the edge of the crease, never leaving his goalie's side. With… » 6/12/12 11:35am 6/12/12 11:35am

One More Clueless L.A. Media Moment: "Kings Goalie Jonathan Swift"

The Stanley Cup itself will be at the Staples Center tonight, and the Kings look all but unstoppable. (Up 3-0, Kings merchandise is flying off the shelves, because L.A. is filled with more bandwagoners per capita than any other North American city.) You'd think by now the local media would have gotten to know… » 6/06/12 10:00am 6/06/12 10:00am

Can Anyone Stop The Los Angeles Kings?

The NHL playoffs have been their usual chaotic selves so far, with dashes of weird discipline and whatever the hell the Penguins-Flyers series is thrown in for good measure. There are just two impending sweeps: Penguins-Flyers, and Kings-Canucks. We can understand why the Flyers have spanked the Pens—Marc-Andre Fleury… » 4/16/12 1:20pm 4/16/12 1:20pm