KINGS SCORE ON THE POWER PLAY, KIDS WIN
With every power-play goal scored by the Kings during the 2006-07 season, Evans donated $100 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. With the Kings lighting the lamp 81 times with the man advantage this season, Evans this week was pleased to donate $8,100 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Los Angeles completed the season converting 81-of-442 on the power play, scoring the fifth-most power-play goals in the National Hockey League this season. Cammalleri led the team with 16, while Dustin Brown (13), Rob Blake (11) and Alexander Frolov (10) all made sizable dents in Evans’ wallet as well, each tallying double-digit goals on the power play.
Lubomir Visnovsky, who finished the season fifth on the team with eight power play goals, scored the Kings first with the man advantage in the third period of the Kings 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in the Kings’ season opener on Oct. 6 at Honda Center.
Rookie phenom Anze Kopitar scored the Kings final power play goal of the season, the game-winning goal, in a 3-2 win over Phoenix in the season finale on April 7. Visnovsky and Kopitar were also the biggest playmakers on special teams, finishing with 25 and 22 power-play assists respectively.
Most of the damage on the power play was done on the road as the club finished 44-of-212 away from home, finishing second in the NHL converting on 20.8% of their power plays, while at STAPLES Center, the club converted 38-of-230.
Evans is no stranger to scoring power play goals himself as he was a member of the Kings from 1981-85. Evans is remembered for one goal in particular, scoring the franchise’s most memorable goal in a game forever remembered as the “Miracle on Manchester.” Facing the heavily-favored Edmonton Oilers in the best-of-five first round of the 1982 playoffs, the Kings pulled off two huge upsets – one, in winning the series three games to two; and two, winning Game 3 of the series.
Down 5-0 in the third period of that game on April 10, 1982, the Kings steadily chipped away at Edmonton’s lead and tied the game with five seconds left in regulation. At 2:35 of the extra period, Evans, then a rookie, sent a shot over Grant Fuhr’s shoulder to seal an improbable end to an incredible game.
Evans has been the Kings radio commentator for the past eight seasons.
For 30 years, the programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC) have been committed to improving the health and well being of local children through a variety of wellness and educational programs. In communities across the Southland, RMHCSC is making a positive difference for children and families in need.
Throughout nine Southern California counties, RMHCSC currently operates four Ronald McDonald Houses® in Loma Linda, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena, Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times®, a Community Grants Board and four scholarship programs for exemplary high school students. For more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, log on to http://www.rmhcsc.org/ .
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