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TODAY IN KINGS HISTORY
JANUARY


1969 - Goalie Gerry Desjardins (Kings all-time goalies) of the Kings plays in a 0-0 tie vs. St. Louis at the Forum, the second scoreless tie in Kings' history. The first took place on March 14, 1968, when Terry Sawchuk blanked Philadelphia. Hall of Famer Jacques Plante made 31 saves for the Blues while Desjardins made 26 stops for the Kings. "When we were going back out onto the ice for the second period we happened to be walking together, he said 'It's good to see another French-Canadian boy doing so well. But, between you and me, you go down too much.' I've seen him play quite often and he's always been one of my favorites. But that's the first time I've ever talked to the guy," Desjardins said after the game. The Kings thought they had scored to win the game on a shot by Bill Flett that "appeared to hit the post, carom across the inside of the goal into the netting and pop out onto the playing surface again." Singer Robert Goulet and his wife Carol Lawrence attended the game.

1977 - The Kings scored twice in the first eight minutes of the game to beat Gerry Cheevers for the first time in 10 years (after 18 straight losses) as they beat Boston, 5-2 at the Forum. Gene Carr, Bert Wilson, Shelly Kannegtesser, Juha Widing and Bob Berry provided the firepower with goals, while Rogie Vachon made 21 saves to earn the win, the Kings first win over Cheevers since Dec. 10, 1967, a 3-1 win at Boston. The Bruins' Don Marcotte and Bobby Schmautz scored for Boston.

1994 - Dave Taylor scores his 431st and final goal (Kings all-time scoring) in his 17-year Kings career. It was the game winner in a 7-4 win at Toronto. Taylor ranks third all time in Kings history in goals behind only Luc Robitaille (557) and Marcel Dionne (550). John Druce and Tomas Sandstrom each tallied two goals while Mike Donnelly and Wayne Gretzky also scored for the Kings. Taylor scored what turned out to be the game winner, scoring the Kings fifth goal as Los Angeles jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 7-4 win.

2008 - Ladislav Nagy tallied his third career hat trick (his first with the Kings), the 164th in Kings history (Kings all-time hat tricks), and Alexander Frolov set a career high with five points (2-3=5) as the Kings scored nine times to rout Chicago, 9-2 ( 700K). It was the most goals the Kings had ever scored at STAPLES Center and the first time the Kings scored as many as nine goals since Nov. 16, 1995 at the Forum. Nagy's hat trick was one of two for the Kings during the 2007-08 season and the first since  Luc Robitaille turned the trick on Jan. 19, 2006 vs. Atlanta. [Back]


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1987 - Kings goalie Roland "Rollie" Melanson (Kings all-time goalies) played in his 200th career NHL game, a 3-3 tie at Vancouver. Melanson played in 291 games with the N.Y. Islanders, Minnesota North Stars, Kings, New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens, posting a 129-106-33 record with a 3.63 GAA. Morris Lukowich, Dave Williams and Marcel Dionne tallied goals for the Kings in support of Melanson's 20 saves.

1992 - The Kings score four goals in under eight minutes in the second period on their way to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Great Western Forum.  Corey Millen and Luc Robitaille each had a goal and an assist and Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey turned back 24 Edmonton shots, giving up two of Edmonton's goals to Joe Murphy. Edmonton led 1-0 after the first, but the Kings rallied early in the second as Mike Donnelly scored at 2:65, followed by John McIntyre at 3:12, Dave Taylor at 5:45 and Robitaille at 10:35. Millen tallied his goal in the third period after Edmonton had cut the deficit to 4-2. Vincent Damphousse scored for Edmonton in the third period to account for the scoring.    [Back]

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1991- Wayne Gretzky scores goal No. 700 at NY vs. the Islanders in a 6-3 Kings' win (Kings all-time scoring). Gretzky tallied a hat trick in the game and became the fourth player to reach the 700- goal plateau at 11:48 of the first period when he backhanded Brian Benning's pass behind Glenn Healy for the game's first goal. Gretzky joined Gordie Howe (801), Marcel Dionne (731) and Phil Esposito (717) as 700-goal scorers. Since Gretzky joined the club, Brett Hull (741) and Mike Gartner (708) have also hit the 700 mark.

2004 - Martin Straka scored a shorthanded goal with 21 seconds remaining in regulation in a 2-2 tie against the visiting Dallas Stars. Bill Guerin and Ziggy Palffy exchanged first-period goals, and Stu Barnes put Dallas ahead in the second.      [Back]


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1988 - The Los Angeles Kings' Bob Bourne met with President Ronald Reagan. Bourne and seven other athletes were named as Sports Illustrated's Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year in recognition of their contributions to society away from the sports arena.

1994 - Wayne Gretzky picks up four assists to lead the Kings to a 5-1 win over the Quebec Nordiques at the Great Western Forum. Gretzky assisted on goals to Rob Blake, two to Luc Robitaille and Alexei Zhitnik as the Kings scored four unanswered goals to break a 1-1 tie. Gary Shuchuk scored the fifth Kings goal while Adam Foote scored for the Nordiques.

2000 - Luc Robitaille plays in this 1,000th NHL game and scores a goal in a 2-2 tie in St. Louis. The goal is Luc's 533rd in his career (Kings all-time scoring) and ties him with Frank Mahovlich for 20th on the all-time list. Robitaille finished with 668 goals in 1,431 games.    [Back]


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1969 - Gerry Desjardins (Kings all-time goalies) is involved in his second scoreless tie in five days as the Kings skate to a 0-0 tie at Oakland. It was one of four shutouts for Desjardins during the 1968-69 season. Gary Smith backstopped the shutout for the Seals making 25 saves. Desjardins had 20 stops. "Scoreless hockey games can be pretty dull," observed Seal general manager Frank Selke, "but this one was a pretty good one. Both goalies had to make some real good stops. Smitty certainly had the more difficult time of it, particularly in the first period. But he played a great game. We were a little flat offensively."

1999 - Steve Duchesne got an assist to become the highest scoring defenseman in Kings history (Kings all-time scoring) as Los Angeles won, 4-3 in overtime, at Edmonton. Duchesne's 304th point with the Kings moved him ahead of Mark Hardy. Craig Johnson, scored the OT game winner at 1:07 of OT, his first career overtime goal. Luc Robitaille, Donald Audette and Yanic Perreault all scored for the Kings while Todd Marchant, Josef Beranek and Bill Guerin scored for Edmonton. Duchesne finished his Kings career scoring 99-216=315 in 442 games.

2002 -Felix Potvin (Kings all-time goalies) shuts out the New York Islanders 3-0 for his 20th career shutout. Potvin tallied 32 shutouts in 635 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Kings and Boston Bruins. He also added eight shutouts in 72 post-season games. It was the 114th shut out in Kings history. Eric Belanger scored twice and Brian Smolinski also scored to support Potvin, who made 28 saves.   [Back]


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1980 - Marcel Dionne scored his 18th career hat trick and added an assist as the Kings tied the Jets, 4-4 at Winnipeg. Dionne tallied four hat tricks during the 1979-80 season. Mike Murphy scored the tying goal, while Morris Lukowich, Peter Marsh, Bill Riley and Lars-Erik Sjoberg scored for the Jets and defenseman Craig Norwich had three assists. "Winnipeg played two super periods," said Kings coach Bob Berry as the Jets out-shot the Kings 16-6 in the first and 21-8 in the second. "I have never seen them skate like that. They are one of the best skating teams in the league."

1993 - Wayne Gretzky plays his 1,000th game, returning from a herniated disc that forced him to miss the first 39 games of the 1992-93 season. "The thought of not being able to play hockey was pretty frightening," Gretzky said. "I'm getting a second chance. Not many people get a second chance." Gretzky finished with two assists in the game that the Kings lost, 6-3 to Tampa Bay. "At the start of the season, I didn't believe Wayne Gretzky would ever play again," said Kings head coach Barry Melrose. Brian Bradley scored twice for Tampa Bay, who also got goals from Mike Hartman and Bob Beers. Trailing 4-0, the Kings scored three consecutive goals in the second period, one by Rob Blake and two by Mike Donnelly. Gretzky played in 1,487 games with the Edmonton Oilers, Kings, St. Louis Blues and N.Y. Rangers.   [Back]


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1981 - Marcel Dionne records his 1,000th career point (Kings all-time scoring) with a goal in a 5-3 win at Hartford. Dionne hit the milestone by scoring two goals and adding an assist, becoming the fastest player to record 1,000 points in NHL history. "This milestone will be the type of thing it'll be nice to look back on at the end of my playing career," said Dionne. "I'm just happy we won. I remember last year, I won the scoring title in the final game of the season, but we lost the game to Vancouver and I was very unhappy." Mike Rogers scored twice for the Whalers. Dionne reached the 1,000 point milestone, in 740 games over 10 years, which at the time, was the quickest to the milestone. Dionne tallied 1,771 points (731 goals, 1,040 assists) in 1,348 games with the Red Wings, Kings and NY Rangers.

1997 - Eddie Olczyk scored his fifth career hat trick (and his first with Los Angeles) and scored the game winner in a 6-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at the Great Western Forum. It was the only hat trick for the Kings during the 1996-97 season and the 141st in Kings history. Vladimir Tsyplakov added two goals, Brad Smyth and Dimitri Khristich had two assists apiece, while Kevin Stevens also scored for the Kings. Adrian Aucoin and Pavel Bure tallied goals for the Canucks.

1999 - Luc Robitaille scores two goals, including career goal No. 500, in a 4-2 win at the Forum vs. Buffalo. "It doesn't mean anything if I stop there," Robitaille said. "I had a dream just to make the NHL. I never thought I'd get here. I love to play this game. I feel I'm lucky to be in the NHL every day, and I'll never take it for granted." Robitaille's second goal of the game, with 1:46 remaining, was the the milestone goal, as he took a pass from Pavel Rosa and flipped the puck into the net to beat Buffalo goalie Dwayne Roloson, who was sprawled on his stomach. He became the 27th player and sixth left wing in NHL-history with 500 goals. Sandy Moger and Rosa also scored for the Kings.

2002 - Kings left wing Kelly Buchberger (Kings all-time scoring) plays in his 1,000 NHL game at New Jersey. Buchberger played in 1,182 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Atlanta Thrashers, Kings, Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins from 1987-2004. Ian Laperriere scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:05 remaining while Adam Deadmarsh also scored for the Kings, who got 25 saves from Felix Potvin in the win.  [Back]


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1975 - Butch Goring became the fourth player to score 100 career goals with the Kings (Kings all-time scoring), then added another goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the North Stars. It was the Kings' first win after going 0-12-2 their previous five years in Minnesota. Goring ranks fifth all time in Kings history with 275 goals. Minnesota opened the scoring with a power play goal by Ernie Hicke. Goring tied it up with his first goal of the night and Mike Murphy gave the Kings the lead, and 1 1/2 minutes later, Goring put Los Angeles up, 3-1, scoring what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Dan Maloney increased the lead to 4-1 in the third and Doug Rombough cut the lead to 4-2, but Minnesota would get no closer. Gary Edwards made 37 saves for the Kings, who had just 19 shots on net.

1991 - Kings defenseman Larry Robinson (Kings all-time scoring) became the 13th player in NHL history to reach the 1,300-game milestone as the Kings beat the Hartford Whalers in overtime at the Great Western Forum. Robinson finished with 1,384 games played with the Montreal Canadiens and the Kings. Robinson went scoreless in the game as the Kings erased a 2-0 deficit and a 3-2 deficit in the third period on goals by John McIntyre, Luc Robitaille and Marty McSorley, forcing overtime, where Brian Benning scored a power-play goal with 1:23 left for the win. It was the only game-winning goal of Benning's career with the Kings.   [Back]


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1977 - Marcel Dionne (Kings all-time scoring) had five points, two goals, including the game winner, and three assists, in a 5-4 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Dionne's game winner came just 20 seconds after Phil Esposito's third tally of the game that tied the game at four with New York Ranger goaltender Gilles Gratton pulled for an extra attacker. Earlier in the contest, Rogie Vachon stopped Don Murdoch on a penalty shot, that kept the game 3-2 in favor of the Rangers. Dave Hutchison then tied the game and Gary Sargent, off an assist from Dionne, gave the Kings a 4-3 lead. New York's Walt Tkaczuk also scored for the Rangers as did Butch Goring for Los Angeles, in a game that saw four ties.

1997 - Dimitri Khristich (Kings all-time scoring) scored twice and added two assists to lead the Kings to the 900th win in team history, a 6-3 victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres. Ironically, former owner Bruce McNall was sentenced to prison for five years, 10 months and ordered to pay $5 million dollars in restitution after pleading guilty to five counts of conspiracy and fraud. Vladimir Tsyplakov had three assists, Kevin Stevens, Philippe Boucher, Ian Laperriere and Jan Vopat also scored for Los Angeles.

2002 - Jamie Storr (Kings all-time goalies) stops 34 shots as the Kings shut out the New York Rangers, 4-0 at Madison Square Garden. Mikko Eloranta, Steven Heinze, Ziggy Palffy and Lubomir Visnovsky scored as the Kings. The shutout was the first ever for the Kings on the road against the Rangers and the win gave Los Angeles a three-game sweep over the New York area teams, marking the first time the feat has been accomplished in NHL history.  It was the 115th shutout in Kings history and the second in four days as Felix Potvin blanked the Islanders on Jan. 5.   [Back]

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1982 - Marcel Dionne played in his 324th consecutive game, a club record. Unfortunately for the Kings, Dionne and Los Angeles fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 6-4, a game that cost head Coach Parker MacDonald his job, as he was fired following the game. Dionne was held scoreless in the game with Mike Murphy, Douglas Smith, Dan Bonar and Greg Terrion scoring for the Kings, who led 2-1 and saw a 3-3 tie evaporate in the third period. Then-New Haven Nighthawks head coach Don Perry was named head coach the next day. In addition, the Buffalo area was hit by a severe snow storm on that day...Bob Miller in his book Tales from the Los Angeles Kings, describes this event:

Buffalo, New York, is known for sudden snowstorms, and one hit the area on Jan. 10, 1982. The Kings hotel was only about a quarter-mile from the Auditorium. Some players decided to walk to the game, but halfway through they were hit with a horrendous storm.

The snow was so bad that even though over 15,000 tickets had been sold, only 2,079 brave souls made it to the game - the smallest crowd in Sabres’ history. The visibility was so bad that some people had to abandon their cars on a bridge behind the arena and be led off the bridge holding ropes. The wind chill was 50 below zero. During the game, the Sabres announced that fans whom were stranded were welcome to spend the night in the Auditorium and the Sabres offices. The next morning a picture in the Buffalo newspaper showed a fan sleeping overnight in the penalty box.

After the game, Kings players and team personnel were told that the four-wheel-drive vehicles would take them back to the hotel. There was only one vehicle, and it was taking four people at a time. The short roundtrip was taking 45 minutes. When I got there, I found about 30 people in the line ahead of me, so I decided to walk. I used my broadcast headphones as earmuffs and started in the general direction of the hotel. Halfway to the hotel in a blinding snowstorm, I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I was walking in the street and decided I’d better get on the sidewalk in case a snowplow came along. If that happened I figured they wouldn’t find me until the next May.

When I finally made it to the hotel, I discovered a quarter-size area of skin on my face that looked like the beginning of frostbite, but at least I made it back to the bar for “last call.”

 
1987 - Mike Murphy takes over as interim coach replacing Pat Quinn (Kings all-time coaching records), who had been expelled by the NHL after agreeing to become the G.M. of the Vancouver Canucks effective July 1, 1987. "There is a bigger and more important issue present by these facts, Mr. Quinn is directly responsible for the preparation and conduct of the Los Angeles Kings' NHL game competition," NHL President John Ziegler said in a statement. "Despite these responsibilities, he has committed himself to assume the responsibilities of a general manager for a competing team in this league, has accepted money there from and yet has continued to attempt to discharge his responsibilities for the Los Angeles Kings. Quinn is expelled from the National Hockey League and may not be employed by any member club of the league or involved in any further activities on behalf of the league or its member clubs. This expulsion shall continue during the period of a complete investigation which has been commenced by this office." Murphy would lead the Kings until Dec. 5, 1987, posting a 20-37-8 mark with the Kings.

1996 - Rookie defenseman Sean O'Donnell (Kings all-time scoring) scored the first goal of his NHL career in a 5-4 Kings loss at Toronto. Dave Andreychuk scored the game winner for Toronto. Bill Berg, Mike Gartner, Todd Warriner and Mats Sundin also scored for the Leafs, while Dimitri Khristich, Steven Finn and Eric Lacroix also scored for LA. O'Donnell's first NHL goal, at 15:45 of the third period, set up the tight finish. His shot from the middle of Toronto's zone went off a stick in front of goaltender Felix Potvin and into the net.    [Back]


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1979 - The Los Angeles Kings, decimated by injuries to left wingers Bert Wilson (bruised ribs) and Murray Wilson (shoulder) as well as three defensemen all listed as "out" in Bob Murdoch, Rick Hampton and Brian Glennie, the Kings recall 24-year-old winger Charlie Simmer from their AHL affiliate in Springfield. Simmer led Springfield with 13-23=36 in 39 games at the time of his recall and would never play in the minor leagues again, joining Dave Taylor and Marcel Dionne on the Kings famous "Triple Crown Line," scoring 21-27=48 in 38 games with the Kings to close out the 1978-79 season.

1982 - The Kings replace head coach Parker MacDonald with Don Perry (Kings all-time coaching records). Former Kings defenseman Brad Selwood is named Assistant Coach. MacDonald was fired the night before after a 6-4 loss at Buffalo. Perry was in New Haven, Conn., with the Kings farm club when he was offered the position. "The glory of coaching in the NHL does not impress me one tiny little bit," Perry said. "But the challenge is there. And if you do not take it you might be sorry later." Perry coached the team until Jan. 27, 1984, posting a 52-85-31 mark, leading the Kings to the playoffs in 1982. MacDonald had posted a 13-24-5 mark in 42 games.

1986 - L.A.'s Marcel Dionne (Kings all-time scoring) became the first player in NHL history to get 20 goals in each of his first 15 seasons, when he scored twice (and added an assist) in a 4-4 tie at St. Louis. The goals gave him 650 for his career while the assist was No. 900. Dave Taylor and John Kelly also scored for Los Angeles.

1994 - Kings allowed only 10 shots on goal at San Jose in a 2-2 tie. It is a club record for the fewest shots allowed in one game. Tomas Sandstrom scored two goals for an early lead before the Sharks rallied for the tie. Arturs Irbe made 37 saves for the Sharks, while Kelly Hrudey got the win making just eight saves.

2006 - Luc Robitaille, the highest scoring left wing in NHL history (Kings all-time left wings), announced that he was retiring after 19 NHL seasons upon the conclusion of the 2005-06 campaign, at a press conference at Toyota Sports Center. "I have had an incredible journey playing the game I love and my decision to retire has been a very difficult one for me, my wife Stacia and my entire family to make," Robitaille said."The game of hockey has given me so much and it is very difficult to leave. Los Angeles is where I started my career and it is where I have always wanted to end my career."   [Back]


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1961 - Kings radio analyst and former player Daryl Evans (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Toronto. Evans played four seasons with the Kings, scoring 21-29=50 in 105 games. He is best known for having scored the game-winning goal in overtime when the Kings erased a 5-0 third-period deficit to win 6-5 over the Edmonton Oilers on April 10, 1982 in a game forever known as the "Miracle on Manchester." Evans has been the Kings radio color analyst since 1999, following Brian Engblom (1991-95), Mike Allison (1995-98) and Cammi Granato (1998-99).

1991 - Bob Kudelski (Kings all-time scoring) scored his first career NHL hat trick as Los Angeles defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 6-2 at the Forum. Wayne Gretzky added a goal and an assist and Bob Halkidis had two assists, while Tomas Sandstrom and Barry Bjugstad also scored for the Kings as Los Angeles took sole possession of first place in the Smythe Division. The Kings earned their first division title in franchise history in 1990-91, finishing 46-24-10 with 102 points, two points ahead of the Calgary Flames.

2006 - 
Alexander Frolov scores three goals in the third period (Kings all-time hat tricks), including one on a penalty shot, as the Kings shutout the Bruins in Boston, 6-0. In goal, Mathieu Garon makes 30 saves (Kings all-time shutouts) and Michael Cammalleri, Joe Corvo and Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings.      [Back]


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1961 - Former Kings goaltender Kelly Hrudey is born in Edmonton, Alberta. Hrudey played for the Kings from 1988-96, posting a 145-135-62 mark with a 3.47 GAA and a .896 SV%. In addition, Hrudey posted a 26-30 mark in the post season with a 3.53 GAA and a .883 SV% helping the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals with 10 wins. Hrudey ranks second all-time among Kings’ goaltenders in games played (360) and wins (145) and playoff games played (57) and playoff wins (26). He was named the Kings’ “Most Valuable Player” in 1994-95 and 1991-92, the Kings’ “Most Popular Player” in 1994-95, the Kings’ “Most Inspirational Player” in 1994-95 and the Kings’ “Unsung Hero” in 1993-94. He holds the Kings’ record for most shots faced in one season (2,219 shots in 1993-94). He was nicknamed “Hollywood” while playing in LA and was also known for wearing a blue bandana underneath his mask throughout his career.

1979 - 
Marcel Dionne scores four goals at Detroit in a 7-3 Kings win in the first game that Dionne, Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer skated on a line together to form the famous "Triple Crown Line" The second of Dionne's four goals was the 300th of his career (Kings all-time scoring). The losing goalie for the Red Wings was none other than Rogie Vachon. Simmer was called up from Springfield by the Kings two days earlier. This was the first line in NHL history where each player scored 100 points or more in the same season (1980-81). Dionne got two consecutive goals in the second period, which moved the Kings ahead 6-2 after Dionne had tied the score 1-1 with his first goal. Detroit's Greg Carroll scored first for the Red Wings before Dionne tied it. Rookie Willie Huber then scored again for Detroit, but Steve Jensen, Taylor and Tommy Williams, taking advantage of a porous Detroit defense, scored on Vachon in a 1:48 span for a 4-2 lead after the first period. The Triple Crown line combined to score 5-1=6 with Dionne scoring 4-0=4, Taylor scoring 1-0=1 and Simmer scoring 0-1=1.

2004 -
The Kings and Nashville play to a 0-0 tie in Tennessee. It's the 12th scoreless game in Kings' history. Roman Cechmanek (Kings all-time goalies) finished with 29 saves while Chris Mason finished with 33 for the Preds. The goose egg is Cechmanek's 25th shutout, in only 185 games. Cechmanek led the Kings with five shutouts in 2003-04. Cristobal Huet was second on the club with three shutouts.

2007 - Goalie Yutaka Fukufuji (Kings all-time goalies) became the first Japanese native to play in the NHL when he relieves Barry Brust in goal to start the third period in a 6-5 loss at St. Louis. Fukufuji stopped four of five shots in the third period, but took the loss.  "I was so nervous," he said. "But I was very excited, too. It's my dream, I've watched on TV since I was 9 or 10 years old. I'm here now." Fukufuji would start three nights later in a 6-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. Fukufuji appeared in four games with the Kings, stopping 36-of-43 shots in posting an 0-3-0 mark with a 4.38 GAA and a .837 SV%.   [Back]

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1978 - Right wing Dave Taylor (Kings all-time scoring) scores his first hat trick and the 41st in Kings history as Los Angeles defeats Atlanta, 8-4 vs. the Flames. Danny Grant picked up five assists in the game.The Kings blew open a 1-1 game by scoring five goals in the second period. Taylor scored his first goal to put the Kings up 2-1, the Flames scored the next two goals, before Taylor tallied to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Kings scored the next three goals by Hartland Monahan, Taylor finishing his hat trick and Butch Goring extending the lead to four goals. Marcel Dionne and Ernest Hicke tallied goals in the third period. Larry Brown scored the Kings first goal.

2004 - Rookie Scott Barney (Kings all-time scoring) scored his first NHL goal as the Kings out-shot the Wild, 46-23 but settled for a 2-2 tie at Minnesota. Eric Belanger also scored for the Kings. Dwayne Roloson made 44 stops while Andrew Burnette and Nick Schultz scored for Minnesota. Barney scored 5-6=11 in 24 games with the Kings.    [Back]

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1997 - The Kings Kai Nurminen (Kings all-time scoring) scored twice in a 3-2 win at Toronto. Ed Olczyk scored with 3:49 remaining to give the Kings the win, after trailing 2-1 with 5:02 remaining. The 1996-97 season was Nurminen's only season in the NHL. He had 16 goals in 67 games.

2002 -
Felix Potvin (Kings all-time goalies) recorded his 21st career shutout in a 2-0 win over the visiting Nashville Predators. Potvin made 24 saves Steve Heinze tallied the game winner early in the third period and Craig Johnson added an empty netter in the win. In a pre-game ceremony, Kelly Buchberger (Kings all-time scoring) was honored for playing in his 1,000th career game on Jan. 7 in New Jersey. Buchberger played in 1,182 games, scoring 105-204=309 from 1986-87 with the Edmonton Oilers, Atlanta Thrashers, Kings, Phoenix Coyotes and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2008 - Rob Blake played in his 781st game with the Kings, passing Mattias Norstrom for the franchise record for games played by a defenseman in a 3-1 win at Edmonton (Kings all-time defensemen). Blake had two assists in the game as Patrick O'Sullivan, Dustin Brown and Lubomir Visnovsky all scored for the Kings. Blake held the record at the time he was traded (all-time Kings trades) to the Avalanche on Feb. 21, 2001.      [Back]

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1974 - Rogie Vachon (Kings all-time goalies) records his third of five shutouts of the season as the Kings win, 2-0 at Pittsburgh. Phill Hoene and Bill Lesuk scored 10 seconds apart in the first period to provide the offense. Vachon made 32 saves for the win.

1992 - The Kings' Tony Granato scored his 100th NHL career goal (Kings all-time scoring) and 200th NHL point in a 2-2 tie against Washington, at the Forum. Jari Kurri put the Kings up 2-0 but Peter Bondra scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Dale Hunter tied it in the third. Granato scored 148 goals with the Kings and 248 for his career.    [Back]


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1986 - Bernie Nicholls picked up four assists (Kings all-time scoring) for the second time in his NHL career, when the Kings won, 9-7 at Vancouver. Marcel Dionne scored two goals, one an empty netter to lead the Kings. The Kings led 5-0 after the first period on goals by Morris Lukowich, Jay Wells, Brian Engblom, Joseph Paterson and Dionne. The Kings were outscored in the second, 5-1 but Vancouver never tied the game as the Kings led 6-5 after two, with Ledyard scoring in the second. Dave Taylor put the Kings up 7-5 and the Canucks scored twice to tie the game before Mark Hardy scored the game winner. Dionne added an empty-netter.

2006 - Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) plays his 1,400th NHL game when he takes the ice against Tampa Bay at STAPLES Center becoming the 23rd player to reach the milestone. Luc finished his career playing in 1,431 games. As for the game, the Kings lost to the Lightning, 4-1. Martin St. Louis and Dustin Brown exchanged first-period goals, but Vincent Lecavalier, Ruslan Fedotenko and Norman Milley (empty net) scored for Tampa Bay. Sean Avery had his penalty shot blocked by John Grahame, who finished with 22 saves.     [Back]

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1968 - The Kings record their first win ever at the Forum, 3-2 vs. Pittsburgh. It was their third game in their new home. Gordon Labossiere scored two goals to lead the Kings tot he win. Bob Wall scored the game winner for the Kings, which had lost their first game at the Forum on Dec. 30, 2-0 to Philadelphia, and tied the second game, 2-2, with St. Louis. The Kings finished their first season at the Forum going 9-7-4.

1969 - Gerry Desjardins (Kings all-time goalies) recorded the fourth shutout of his rookie season as the Kings beat Pittsburgh, 4-0 at the Forum.  Bill Flett scored twice for the Kings while Bill White and Gordon Labossiere also scored for the Kings to support Desjardins' 23 saves. Desjardins posted six shutouts in 1968-69 in going 18-34-6 with a 3.26 GAA.

2002 - Kings legend Luc Robitaille, playing with the Red Wings at the time, scored his 611th career goal to become the No. 1 scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Bobby Hull. The milestone came in a 3-1 win over the visiting Washington Capitals. Robitaille scored 557 of those goals with the Los Angeles Kings.   [Back]

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1975 - Bob Nevin (Kings all-time scoring) scored his fifth (and final) career hat trick to become the first player in Kings' history to get three goals in a game in Montreal, as the Kings beat the Canadiens, 6-3. Nevin scored the first two goals of the game before Jacques Lemaire put the Canadiens on the board. Tommy Williams extended the lead to 3-1 in the second but Yvon Lambert scored to cut the margin to one. Nevin then completed his hat trick early in the third for the fourth goal of the game, what turned out to be the game winner. Williams then added his second and after Guy Lapointe cut the deficit to 5-3, Butch Goring tallied to complete the scoring. Nevin had two hat tricks during the 1974-75 season.

2006 - Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) records a hat trick scoring the game winner and becomes the Kings All-Time leading goal scorer passing Marcel Dionne's total of 550 in a wild 8-6 win over the Thrashers. Robitaille tied the mark with a first-period goal and set the record in the third period. "It's certainly something I'll cherish forever," Robitaille said. "It was an amazing night. Nights like this are always fun when you win on top of it. I wanted it to happen earlier, but it was special to do it at home. I have so many great memories here." For good measure he added an empty net goal to complete his historic night. Robitaille finished his Kings career with 557 goals.     [Back]

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1990 - The Kings traded (all-time Kings trades) Bernie Nicholls to the New York Rangers in exchange for Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato. The deal took place in Pittsburgh, where Nicholls had gone for the NHL All-Star Game. Nicholls was one of four Kings represented at the 1990 NHL All-Star Game (Steve Duchesne, Wayne Gretzky, and Luc Robitaille) held at the Civic Arena, in which the Wales Conference defeated the Campbell Conference, 12-7. Robitaille tallied two goals and Nicholls added an assist in the loss. Nicholls finished his Kings career with 327 goals and 431 assists for 758 points in 602 games.

2007 - Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) became the fifth King to have his number retired as his No. 20 was raised to the rafters (photos) at STAPLES Center in a pre-game ceremony prior to the Kings losing to Phoenix, 3-2. "I didn’t start for this," Robitaille said during the ceremony. "It wasn’t about money. I just wanted to play hockey. I wanted to play in the NHL. I wasn’t the fastest player and I had flaws, but I was a student of the game and every day I was grateful to live my dream. I heard your chants. Every time I touched the puck or took a shot I heard you. I will take this to the day I die."   [Back]


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1978 - Hartland Monahan (Kings all-time scoring) scored two goals in 16 seconds in the second period to give the Kings a 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs, at the Forum.

1985 - Marcel Dionne (Kings all-time scoring) passes Bobby Hull into third place on the all-time goal list with No. 611 in a wide open game in Edmonton won by the Oilers, 8-7. The Kings exploded for four goals in the first period and led 7-3 after two periods. Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey scored late in the game, Don Jackson and Willy Lindstrom had two goals each and Kevin Lowe and Jari Kurri each had a single goal apiece for the Oilers. Dionne had a goal and three assists for the Kings, who also got goals from Brian MacLellan, Bob Miller, Carl Mokosak, Craig Redmond, Dave Taylor and Jay Wells. "The beer won't even taste good," a dejected Dionne said in the quiet Los Angeles dressing room.. "I'm very disappointed. I have not seen anything like that in a long, long time."

1989 - Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) records four points, a goal and three assists in Hartford, to pass Marcel Dionne into second on the all-time NHL career points list. Luc Robitaille scored twice, Bernie Nicholls and Gretzky scored to give the Kings a 4-3 lead entering the third period but goals by Jody Hull and Dave Babych led to the Whalers come-from-behind win.     [Back]

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1976 -Mike Murphy (Kings all-time scoring) scores four goals vs. Toronto in a 6-3 win. It was his first of two four-goal games as a King. "It gave me a real thrill, mostly because we were able to win," Murphy said." Toronto has been a jinx club for us." In that game, Rogie Vachon became the first goaltender in team history to record 100 victories as a member of the L.A. Kings and Marcel Dionne became the first King to pick up five assists in a game. "The five assists made me happy, but I'm happier we won," Dionne said. "Murphy could easily have 25 goals now instead of the 17 he has. Shots are starting to go in for him now."

2004 - Jozef Stumpel (Kings all-time scoring) picked up an assist for his 250th point as a King when Los Angeles lost, 5-4 to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Mathieu Schneider had two goals,while Brett Hull and Jamie Rivers all scored for the Red Wings. Alexander Frolov scored twice for the Kings while Trent Klatt and Luc Robitaille also scored for the Kings.    [Back]

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1975 - Rogie Vachon (Kings all-time goalies) records his 26th career shutout and Juha Widing (Kings all-time scoring) scores his first hat trick as the Kings blasted Toronto 8-0 at the Forum. Vachon made 23 saves in the shutout and Butch Goring scored the only goal that Vachon would need, 9:10 into the game. Tommy Williams, Neil Komadoski, Mike Corrigan and Dan Maloney also scored for the Kings.

1985 -
The Kings end a 21-game winless streak vs. Philadelphia at home with a 6-3 victory over the Flyers. It was the club's first win over Philadelphia in Los Angeles in over 12 years. The Kings had gone 0-17-4 during the winless streak vs. the Flyers. Marcel Dionne had a goal and three assists. "I'm really proud," said Dionne. "Philadelphia's one of the best disciplined teams in the league. Our team is so hard to figure out. We have a tough time. We haven't won in 12 years. They usually come here and play well. It's finally over. There will be champagne tonight. Of course, the streak was on our minds." Gary Galley scored two third period goals, Craig Redmond and Bernie Nicholls also scored.

1989 -
The Kings obtained Steve Kasper from Boston in exchange for Bobby Carpenter.  Kasper skated in 173 games for the Kings, scoring 35-62=97 from 1988-91. The Kings would later trade (all-time Kings trades) Kasper to Philadelphia with Steve Duchesne and Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Aris Brimanis) in the 1991 Entry Draft for Jari Kurri and Jeff Chychrun on May 30, 1991. Kurri played in 331 games with the Kings from 1991-96.   [Back]

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1995 - Jamie Storr (Kings all-time goalies) appeared in his first NHL game vs. Dallas and the Kings lose to the Stars, 4-2. Storr was Los Angeles Kings' 1st round choice, 7th overall, in 1994 and went on to appear in 205 games as a King, posting an all-time mark of 85-78-21, with a 2.52 GAA, a .910 SV% and 16 shutouts.

2002 - Andy Murray recorded his 100th victory as coach of the Kings when Los Angeles won, 4-1 against the visiting Minnesota Wild. He did it in 214 games. Tom Webster won his 100th game as a Kings coach in 211 games. Murray went on to win 217 games behind the Kings bench in six seasons. The win total is tops in club history. As for the game, Ziggy Palffy scored twice, Aaron Miller and Brad Chartrand also scored to lead the Kings. "When I look at 100 victories, I see it as a group effort,'' Murray said. ''The work of Tip (Dave Tippett) and Mark (Hardy) and (assistant) Ray Bennett is the reason we have gotten into this position.''

2007 - Lubomir Visnovsky tallied a goal and an assist to help the West defeat the East, 12-9 at the annual NHL All-Star game. It was the first selection for Visnovsky.     [Back]

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1990 - Dave Taylor (Kings all-time scoring) scored his eighth (and final) career hat trick in a 7-6 loss at Edmonton. Glenn Anderson scored the winner for the Oilers capping a four-goal rally for the win. Trailing 2-1 on Taylor's goal in the first, the Kings erupted for five goals in the second period by John Tonelli, Barry Beck, Taylor's second, Tony Granato and Taylor's third for a 6-3 lead after two. However, Marty McSorley took a five-minute major penalty for high sticking and the Oilers struck back with three power-play goals to tie the score with goals by Vladimir Ruzicka, Petr Klima and Jari Kurri, all set up by Mark Messier. Anderson then scored the winner.

1996 - The Kings acquire Kevin Stevens from Boston for Rick Tocchet. Stevens tallied 17-30=47 in 89 games with the Kings from 1995-97.  He was later traded (all-time Kings trades) to the NY Rangers for Luc Robitaille on Aug. 28, 1997.

2002 - Detroit's Luc Robitaille became the first player in NHL history to score 10 power play goals in a season 13 times in his NHL career, the first 12 of which came in a Kings uniform; the milestone came in a 5-3 win over the visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. It was also the Wings' 1,400th home victory. Robitaille would finish with 14 seasons of 10-plus power-play goals. [Back]

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1961 - Former Kings center Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Brantford, ON, Canada. When the Kings acquired Gretzky in 1988 from Edmonton, the game of hockey -- especially in Los Angeles -- was forever changed. His career as a King came full-circle on Oct. 2, 2002, when the Kings officially retired his famous No. 99 sweater. To many, Gretzky was the sport of hockey. The arrival of "The Great One" in 1988 brought instant credibility and notoriety to the franchise. Sellout crowds became the norm at the famed Great Western Forum, and all of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood quickly followed. A ticket to a Kings game to see Gretzky was a must. Gretzky -- the greatest scorer in the history of the National Hockey League with 2,857 points -- played eight seasons in Los Angeles during which he won the NHL's scoring title (Art Ross Trophy) on three occasions (1989-90, 90-91, 93-94); was named the league's Most Valuable Player (Hart Memorial Trophy) once (1988-89); and he led the Kings on their storied run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993. Fourth on the Kings all-time scoring list, Gretzky recorded 918 points (246-672=918) in only 539 games with the Kings. He is also the Kings all-time leading scorer in the playoffs with 94 points (29-65=94) in 60 post-season contests. Some of his more memorable highlights as a King include Oct. 15, 1989, when he became the NHL's all-time leading scorer, passing Gordie Howe's total of 1,850 points; and March 23, 1994, when he became the NHL's all-time leading goal-scorer, also surpassing Howe with goal No. 802. "The Great One" may be an understatement. His many records and accomplishments are legendary. But the fact his name is basically synonymous with the sport of hockey might not be superseded by any other athlete in any other major sport.

1971 -
The Kings acquire Ralph Backstrom from Montreal for Gordie LaBossiere and Ray Fortin. Backstrom played for the Kings from 1970-73, appearing in 172 games and scoring 57-71=128 before being traded (all-time Kings trades) to Chicago for Dan Maloney on Feb. 26, 1973.

1981 - Charlie Simmer (Kings all-time scoring) reaches 50 goals in his 51st game to establish a club record for the fastest 50 goals. Bernie Nicholls also scored 50 in 51 games in 1988-89. "It feels good to score 50 goals, but unfortunately it came one game too late," said Simmer after the Kings beat the Quebec Nordiques 7-5. "It's a real accomplishment to do what (Mike) Bossy did (scoring 50 goals in 50 games in 1980-81)." Steve Jensen scored two goals, including the game winner with less than four minutes to play, Marcel Dionne tallied his 41st and Jim Fox scored twice the Kings.

1991 - Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) celebrated his 30th birthday with his 48th career hat trick and added two assists in a 5-4 Kings' win over Vancouver. The three goals gave Gretzky 30-plus goals for the 12th consecutive season. Steve Duchesne and Tony Granato also scored for the Kings which led 3-0, 4-1 and 5-2 before holding on for the victory.

2009 - Dustin Brown tallied an assist in his first NHL All-Star game as the East defeated the West, 12-11 in a shoot out. The game was played at the Bell Centre in Montreal as the Habs continued celebration of their 100th anniversary. 2009 All-Star Coverage | Kings All-Star History  [Back]


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1976 - Butch Goring (Kings all-time scoring) became the first Kings player to score 20 or more goals in five straight seasons. Goal No. 20 is a game winner in a 2-0 win vs. Washington. With 12:37 left in the second period, right wing Bob Nevin and defenseman Bob Murdoch fed a pass to Goring, who faked a shot at the right faceoff circle, sending Cap defenseman Yvon Labre to one knee. Goring just skated around him and ripped a 15-footer over goalie Bernie Wolfe's left shoulder for a 1-0 lead. "As soon as I got the puck, I was pretty sure the defenseman would go down, so I faked the shot," Goring said "I just wanted to go up with it, I knew where the net was and I wanted to shoot high. Wolfe's a smaller goalie and you have a better chance of scoring if you shoot the puck high." Marcel Dionne added an insurance goal and Rogie Vachon made 17 saves for the shutout.

1982 - Kings set an NHL record with their sixth consecutive tie game, a 4-4 deadlock against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers led 3-2 with just over a minute remaining but the Kings rallied in one of the strangest finishes in NHL history, as the Kings scored two goals AFTER the Flyers scored an empty-net goal. Marcel Dionne (1-2=3) and Larry Murphy (2-1=3) scored in the final 43 seconds after Ray Allison scored with 1:03 to play that gave Philly a 4-2 lead. The Flyers Kenny Linseman had three assists.

1994 - Kelly Hrudey (Kings all-time goalies) stops Tony Amonte on a penalty shot in overtime, however Mark Messier scored with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the Rangers a 5-4 win. The Rangers peppered Hrudey with nine shots in the extra session, including the penalty shot by making a glove save of Amonte's wrist shot from in front of the net. The Kings were called for an illegal substitution with 11 seconds to play. Robert Lang scored his first NHL goal with 4:13 remaining in regulation to cap a three-goal comeback by the Kings and force the OT. Amonte, Sergei Zubov, Alexei Kovalev and Sergei Nemchinov scored to put New York up 4-1, with Doug Houda scoring the lone Kings goal. LA rallied in the second with Wayne Gretzky and Dixon Ward scoring to cut the deficit and Lang tying the score. Hrudey made 43 saves as the Kings were out-shot, 48-23.     [Back]


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1970 - Ross Lonsberry (Kings all-time scoring) scored the game-winning goal with one second left in the game as the Kings beat the NY Rangers, 5-4. "That goal light wasn't set up right, that's all," fumed New York Rangers defenseman Rod Selling. "The green one went on first - then the red one!" The green one signifies the end of a period in a National Hockey League game, the red one denotes the scoring of a goal. Referee Bob Sloan saw things slightly different, after 15 minutes of talking and arguing with members of the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and other officials, he ruled the red one had flashed first with one second to play in the game and the Kings had an electrifying 5-4 victory. The Rangers Vic Hadfield gave New York a 1-0 lead, but Jimmy Peters tied it for LA. Rod Gilbert then put New York up again 2-1, only to have Peters tie it a two 6:13 into the third. Butch Goring and Walt Tkaczuk then traded goals as did Bill Flett and Bob Nevin setting up Longsberry's heroics.

1984 -
The Kings and goalie Markus Mattsson (Kings all-time goalies) stop Wayne Gretzky's 51-game point scoring streak ( video) at Edmonton, the longest streak in NHL history. The streak had started on Oct. 5, 1983 and Gretzky had tallied 61-92=153 during the run. The game also marked the coaching debut of Rogie Vachon, who was named interim head coach after Don Perry was fired prior to the game. Bernie Nicholls scored two goals, including the game winner and Mattsson stopped 27 shots in the win. Anders Hakansson and Ken Houston also scored for Los Angeles. Donald Jackson and Thomas Gorence scored for Edmonton in the third period to ruin Mattson's shutout bid.

1989 - Bernie Nicholls (Kings all-time scoring) registers a club-record 13 shots vs. Edmonton and scores his 50th goal in his 51st game to tie Charlie Simmer's club record for the fastest 50 goals. But the Kings would lose at Edmonton, 7-6. Craig Simpson scored two goals to lead the Oilers, including the game winner with 8:07 left. Jimmy Carson also scored two for Edmonton with Jari Kurri Dave Hunter, Miroslav Frycer also scoring for the Oilers, who led 5-0, before LA battled back with two goals by Nicholls, and goals by Luc Robitaille, Marty McSorley and two by Jay Miller, his second tying the score at six at 9:05 of the final period.

1992 -
Dave Taylor (Kings all-time scoring) became the first player to appear in 1,000 games in a Los Angeles uniform. It came in a 3-3 tie against St. Louis, at the Forum. In the game, the Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but had to hold on as Brett Hull ignited a three-goal rally scoring his 50th goal in his 50th game for the second consecutive season to spark the Blues. Taylor is the only player to ever appear in 1,000 games as a King and is the Kings' all-time leader in games played with 1,111 from 1977-94.

1995 - Goalie Jamie Storr (Kings all-time goalies) records his first NHL win, 4-2, vs. Winnipeg at the Forum. Storr finished his Kings career with 85 wins. Former Jet John Druce scored two goals, including the winner, against his former team breaking open a 2-2 tie to support Storr's 24 saves. Daryl Sydor and Eric Lacroix scored the first two goals for the Kings, erasing an early goal by Teemu Selanne. The Jets' Nelson Emerson tied the game at two, setting up Druce's vengeance against his former team. 

2010 - Forward Anze Kopitar (Kings all-time scoring) scored his 100th NHL goal, which was the game winner, (and his 101st) to lead the Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was Kopitar's 289th NHL game. At the time, he had scored 101-156=257 for his career. WATCH! Kopitar's 100th. Kings Vision takes a look at the first WATCH! 100 goals of Kopitar's career. Matt Greene and Ryan Smyth also scored to support Quick's 29 saves as the Kings won their fourth straight game. [Back]


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1993 - The Kings traded (all-time Kings trades) Paul Coffey, Jim Hiller and Sylvain Couturier to Detroit for Jimmy Carson, Gary Shuchuk and Marc Potvin. Carson would tally 12-10=22 in 34 games to close out the 1992-93 season and add another 5-4=9 in 18 games in the Kings march to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the following season, Carson was dealt to Vancouver after just 25 games with the Kings (4-7=11) for Dixon Ward. Shuchuk played the next four seasons with the Kings, scoring 12-24=36 in 136 games from 1993-96, and added 2-2=4 in 17 games in the 1993 playoffs, including one memorable game-winning goal scoring 6:31 into the second OT at Vancouver to give the Kings a 4-3 win and a 3-2 series lead over the Canucks. Potvin would appear in 23 games with the Kings from 1993-94, earning an assist and 87 PIMs. He appeared in one postseason game with the Kings, going scoreless.

1998 - Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) picked up two assists to give him 1,000 (478 goals, 522 assists at the time) career points, becoming the sixth left winger in the NHL to reach the milestone. It came in a 5-3 L.A. win over the visiting Calgary Flames. Also in the game, defenseman Rob Blake tied a club record with four assists in one period during the second period. Theoren Fleury scored first for Calgary. The Kings scored the next four goals in the second period, with Robitaille setting up Ray Ferraro to tie the game and then Glen Murray, Garry Galley and Nathan Lafayette scoring for a 4-1 Kings lead with Blake assisting on each goal. After Calgary's Michael Nylander scored to make it 4-2, Craig Johnson scored on the power-play off an assist from Robitaille for point No. 1,000. "This has been a fun year so far, and to get it here with this organization is special," Robitaille said. Blake added, "He started his career here, he's gotten the majority of his points here, the fans love him and he loves the city. So it's nice to see him get that milestone here in LA." Erik Andersson scored for Calgary to complete the scoring.

2003 - Bryan Smolinski's 200th career goal (Kings all-time scoring) is the game winner as the Kings shutout Ottawa at STAPLES Center. Ziggy Palffy added two goals and Jamie Storr registered his 15th career shutout making 18 saves. Smolinski was traded (all-time Kings trades) later that March to Ottawa.     [Back]

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1977 - The Kings game at Buffalo is postponed because of a snowstorm. The game was later played on March 3, which was a 7-2 Kings loss. The game was tacked on at the end of a four-game road trip through Detroit, Buffalo, Washington, Pittsburgh and Buffalo again from Feb. 26-March 3, with the Kings playing on three consecutive nights March 1-3. Los Angeles had won the first four games of the trip, when they were steam rolled in the first period in Buffalo. Gary McAdam, Craig Ramsay and Bill Hajt scored first period goals as the Kings were out-shot 17-2 in playing their fifth game in six days for a 3-0 Sabres lead. Rene Robert then increased the lead to 4-0 before Marcel Dionne got the Kings on the board. Gilbert Perreault then put Buffalo up, 5-1. Steven Clippingdale scored for the Kings in the third, to bring the score to 5-2, but Danny Gare and Brian Spencer scored for Buffalo to account for the scoring. In the first meeting on Feb. 27, the Kings handed the Sabres a 5-1 defeat.

1984 - Rogie Vachon (Kings all-time goalies) was named General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings, replacing George Maguire, who had held the post from May 28, 1967. Under Maguire, the Kings had posted a 204-237-91 mark, with five trips to the postseason, winning one series in 1981-82, compiling a 6-16 postseason mark. The Kings had not qualified for the playoffs the previous season and started 15-27-10 when Maguire was fired. Roger Neilson was also named as new head coach, replacing Don Perry (who had been fired three days earlier). Vachon held the post until June 25, 1992, posting a 283-306-79 mark, qualifying for the playoffs in eight of his nine seasons as GM, posting an 18-34 postseason mark.

2002 -The Kings and goalie Felix Potvin posted a 2-0 win in Minnesota. The win gave the Kings a club-record 11 wins in one month. Potvin made 20 saves and Phillipe Boucher and Nelson Emerson scored goals for the Kings, who in 14 games in January of 2002, went 11-3-0.   Potvin posted three shutouts in the month (also Jan. 5 at NYI and Jan. 15 vs. Nashville) and six during the 2001-02 season.   [Back]

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1976 - The Kings ended Montreal's 43-game West Coast unbeaten streak with a 7-3 win over the Canadiens. The Kings, Oakland Seals and Vancouver Canucks went that long before one of them could defeat the Canadiens and it was Montreal head coach Scotty Bowman's first-ever loss on the West Coast. "This has to be our most satisfying win of the year," said Kings Coach Bob Pulford. "We hadn't beaten Montreal this year and hadn't beaten them here since 1971. It was a great win for us." The Kings had last defeated the Canadiens at home on Feb. 6, 1971, a 6-3 win, which was also the Habs last loss on the West coast. The Kings got off to a rough start, after Dave Hutchison was sent off for a five-minute roughing penalty which gave the Canadiens an extended power play, which they capitalized on with a goal by Guy Lafleur. The Kings tied it on a power-play goal by Vic Venasky and Ab Demarko put the crownshirts up 2-1 with 7:02 left. Montreal tied the score on a goal by Pete Mahovilch and Demarko scored his second with 8:52 left in the second period off a feed by Marcel Dionne. Montreal tied it yet again on a goal by Yvon Lambert. The Kings then erupted for four unanswered goals by Bob Berry, Don Kozak, Bob Nevin and Mike Murphy and Rogie Vachon finished with 16 saves for the win.

1998 - Goaltender Stephane Fiset (Kings all-time goalies) recorded his 12th career shutout in the Kings' 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, in Los Angeles. Russ Courtnall tallied the game-winning goal short handed, Glen Murray and Stacey Moger also scored to support Fiset's 21 saves. Longtime broadcaster Bob Miller is saluted during a ceremony at intermission commemorating 25 years with the Kings. King President Tim Leiweke, in calling Miller "the single most important person to the Kings," said, "Great King teams and players have come and gone, but Bob has been a mainstay in Los Angeles."

2004 - In Edmonton, the Kings pull the goalie and tie the game at the 18:50 mark of the third period on a goal by Derek Armstrong (Kings all-time scoring) and then with 5.5 seconds left to play, defenseman Jason Holland scores to give the Kings a 4-3 win.  Los Angeles had led, 2-0 on goals by Brad Chartrand and Trent Klatt, but the Oilers scored three goals to take a 3-2 lead.    [Back]