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TODAY IN KINGS HISTORY

The Kings have posted an 8-7-1 mark all time on April Fool's Day.

1972 -
The Kings played their first "April Fools Day" game. Butch Goring (Kings all-time scoring) recorded his first NHL hat trick and Gilles Marotte added a goal and three assists in a 9-4 win over the California Golden Seals at the Forum. Serge Bernier scored a pair of goals - including the game winner - while Lucien Grenier, Real Lemieux and Ralph Backstrom all scored for the Kings in the win. Goring's three goals were the first hat trick since Eddie Shack, on Oct. 18, 1969 vs. Oakland Seals, a 247 game drought, the longest in franchise history.

1989 - Bernie Nicholls (Kings all-time scoring) capped his finest season with five points on three goals and two assists in a 6-4 win over Vancouver to give him 70 goals, 80 assists and 150 points. Nicholls also established the club record for shorthanded goals with eight and shots with 385.

1995 - The Kings earned their only tie game on April Fool's day, skating to a 7-7 draw vs. the Winnipeg Jets. Wayne Gretzky and Rick Tocchet each had two goals, while Yanic Perreault, Kevin Brown and Daryl Sydor also scored as the Kings erased deficits of 5-3 and 7-5. Alexei Zhamnov scored four goals for the Jets.

2006 - Jeremy Roenick (Kings all-time scoring) scored his ninth and final goal with the Los Angeles Kings and Mathieu Garon (Kings all-time goalies) registers 27 saves to shut out Dallas 1-0 at STAPLES Center to give the Kings their 1,200th win in franchise history. Roenick, one of three American-born NHL players to score 500 goals, played one season in LA, scoring 9-13=22 in 58 games in 2005-06. 

2009 - Kings Captin Dustin Brown tallied a hat trick, while Alexander Frolov, Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll, Justin Williams and Michal Handzus also scored as the Kings errupted for eight goals against Roberto Luongo in the Kings 8-3 win. Rookie Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 -of-30 shots for his third win of the season. Click here for a full recap | Click here for a list of Kings Hat Tricks.     [Back]


1969 - Ted Irvine's (Kings all-time scoring) goal just 19 seconds into overtime (an NHL playoff record at the time) gave the Kings their first Stanley Cup playoff OT victory, a 5-4 win against the Seals at Oakland. It came in the second overtime playoff game in Kings' history and is the quickest OT goal in Kings post season history. Rookie Gary Croteau and Eddie Joyal scored two goals each to account for the scoring. Irvine's goal broke the mark held by Sid How when he scored just 25 seconds into the extra period as the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Americans in 1940. "I saw the puck lying there and took a forehand swipe at it," Irvine told the San Mateo Times in 1969. "I didn’t see it go in, but I saw it in the net." Take a look at the Kings-Oakland series from 1969.

1977 - Marcel Dionne (Kings all-time scoring) recorded a hat trick and becomes the first King ever to score 50 goals in a season as the Kings defeat Minnesota, 7-2, at the Forum. Dionne also tallies two assists to finish with 120 points. "I was really relaxed today at home. My main concern was to beat Minnesota," Dionne said in the Kings' joyous dressing room. "We want the home ice and we've had trouble with Minnesota all year. Then I got No. 49 and then 50. When I finally scored the big one, I said. 'I finally got it." The Kings led 3-2 at the end of one period of play, before Dionne scored three consecutive goals to put the game out of reach.

1991 - Kings goaltender Kelly Hrudey (Kings all-time goalies) was named the NHL Player of the Month, after an 8-1-1 record in March 1991, including three shutouts and a 2.26 GAA.     [Back]


1977 - The Kings ended the season with a 6-4 win at Colorado against the Rockies, tthe 178th and final win for Kings head coach Bob Pulford. Pulford's win total is second on the Kings all-time list behind Andy Murray's total of 215. Pulford led the Kings from 1972-77, posting a 178-150-68 mark in 396 games leading the Kings to the post season four times (1974-77), recording an 11-15 mark in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

1995 - Dave Taylor's (Kings all-time scoring) No.18 was retired in a pre-game ceremony (Kings all-time retired numbers) as the Kings defeat Edmonton, 7-2. Taylor spent 17 years as a King playing in a club-record 1,111 games. In the game, Tony Granato scored three goals and John Druce added two for the host Kings. "When you have a special night like that, you want to make sure you can give him something positive to bring out of the game," said Granato.

2006 - Mathieu Garon (Kings all-time goalies) became the seventh goalie in Kings history to record back-to-back shutouts when he blanks Vancouver, 1-0 at STAPLES Center, making 23 saves. Pavol Demitra scored the lone goal for the Kings. Two nights earlier, he beat Dallas, 1-0 on home ice.

2008 - The Kings' 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks ( 700K) at STAPLES Center gave the franchise 3,000 regular season points. At the time, the Kings had posted a 1262-1440-476 mark in 3,177 games.  Anze Kopitar scored twice while Brian Willsie and Raitis Ivanans added a goal as well to support Erik Ersberg's 32 saves.    [Back]

1968 - The Kings played their first ever playoff game, Eddie Joyal and Bill White score (Kings all-time scoring) to lead the Kings to a 2-1 over Minnesota. The first series in club history went seven games with the Minnesota North Stars winning, 4-3. "Our fellows never quit and they played a tremendous game," said LA Kings head coach Red Kelly. "They didn't stop until the game was over. The game wasn't decided until the very last faceoff." Joyal scored with five seconds remaining in the second period and White extended the lead to 2-0 at 3:13 of the third period. Forty-one seconds later, Dave Balon put the North Stars on the scoreboard Terry Sawchuk made 31 saves.

1990 - Larry Robinson (Kings all-time scoring) entered his 18th consecutive year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to set an NHL postseason record as the Kings won, 5-3, at Calgary, in Game 1 of the Smythe Division Semifinals. Robinson's streak began in 1973-74 with the Montreal Canadiens and would be extended for 20 years until his retirement after the 1991-92 season with the Los Angeles Kings. Brad Park held the previous NHL record of 17 straight postseason appearances from 1968-85 with the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. Both Robinson and Park qualified for the postseason each year of their careers.

2009 - In a special pre-game ceremony, the five Kings players who have had their numbers retired - Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille ( video)- were together on the ice for the first time ever as the team paid tribute to Lou McClary, the team's director of security in a pregame ceremony. The 82-year-old McClary, a former Los Angeles police detective, retired at the end of the season. He had been with the Kings for 42 years, since the team's inception in 1967. As for the game, the Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-1 ( video). Brian Boyle tallied two goals - including the game winner - Alexander Frolov also scored twice and Justin Williams scored his first goal as a King and added two assists in the rout. Anze Kopitar also scored for Los Angeles, while Shane Doan tallied the lone goal for the Coyotes. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves in the win.
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1978 - The Kings did not allow a shot on goal in the second period at St. Louis; however, Los Angeles lost to the Blues, 3-2. When the Blues were getting zero shots in the second period, the Kings shot 13 times and went ahead on power play goals by Marcel Dionne and Danny Grant. "After holding them shotless in the second period, we thought it would be a cakewalk after that," Kings forward Butch Goring said. "We checked hard in the second period. Then we forgot about checking and it cost us the game." Red Berenson tallied the game winner for St. Louis with 39 seconds remaining in the game.

1980 - Marcel Dionne (Kings all-time scoring) won his only NHL scoring title (Kings scoring leaders by year), with two assists in a 5-3 loss to Vancouver. Dionne finished the season with 53 goals and 137 points. The Oilers' Wayne Gretzky also had 137 points, but had two fewer goals, so Dionne became the first King to win the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champ. The Kings jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Charlie Simmer, both of which were assisted on by Dionne. Mike Murphy also scored for the Kings to open up a 3-0 lead at 3:34 of the second. However, Vancouver would come back to score five straight goals for the win.    [Back]


1968 - The Kings became the first club in NHL history to win its first two playoff games when they beat the Minnesota North Stars, 2-0, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals. Terry Sawchuk made 18 saves (Kings all-time goalies) to record his 12th (and final) career playoff shutout. Lowell MacDonald was credited with the game-winner on his tally to open the scoring at the 8:45 mark of the first period. Eddie Joyal also scored for the Kings The Kings out-shot Minnesota, 39-18.

1991 - Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) scored at 11:08 of overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 win over Vancouver at the Great Western Forum and square the series at a game apiece. Vancouver led 2-0 after goals by Tom Kurvers and Cliff Ronning. Rob Blake cut the deficit in half in the second period and Luc Robitaille forced OT with his goal at 3:13 of the third period.

2003 - Jamie Storr (Kings all-time goalies) shut out Vancouver, 2-0 in the final game of the 2002-03 regular season. For Storr, it was his third shutout of the season and 16th of his Kings career as he stopped all 27 Canucks shots. The win also knocked the Canucks out of first place and gave Colorado its ninth-straight division title. Mikko Eloranta had the game-winning goal in the third period and Eric Belanger added an empty-netter.    [Back]


1982 - Los Angeles and Edmonton combined to set a Stanley Cup playoff record for the most goals in a game with 18, when the Kings beat the Oilers 10-8 in Game 1 of the Smythe Division Semifinals at Edmonton. Marcel Dionne and rookie Daryl Evans (Kings all-time scoring) led the Kings comeback with two goals apiece. Evans also tallied two assists while Dionne had one helper. Charlie Simmer scored the game-winning goal at 14:56 of the third period and Dave Taylor added a goal and three assists. The Kings trailed 4-1, before rallying to take a 5-4 lead in the second period and the score would later be knotted at 8 in the third period. Simmer tallied the game winner and Bernie Nicholls scored an empty netter to complete the scoring. "It's not what you call a typical playoff game, that's for sure," Kings head coach Don Perry said. "You usually don't win a shootout with Edmonton." The 18 goals broke the previous record of 15, held by Chicago and Montreal in 1973 and Minnesota and Boston in 1981.

2002 - Felix Potvin (Kings all-time goalies) and the Kings defeated Edmonton, 4-3 in overtime. Ziggy Palffy (Kings all-time scoring) netted the game winner just 28 seconds into the extra frame. For Potvin, it marked his 30th win of the season as he became the third goalie in club history to reach the milestone. The first two - Mario Lessard (35 wins in 1980-81) and Rogie Vachon (33 wins in 1976-77).  Palffy also tallied a second period goal which tied the score. Brad Chartrand gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in the second and Philippe Boucher put the Kings up 3-2 in the third. Anson Carter forced overtime with his goal with 11 seconds remaining.    [Back]

1975 - Mike Murphy (Kings all-time scoring) scored at 8:53 of overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 win over Toronto in Game 1 of the 1975 playoffs. Bob Berry put the Kings up, 1-0 with his goal 6:53 into the game, but Toronto's Blaine Stoughton scored for the Leafs just 69 seconds later. Gene Carr then put the Kings up 2-1 with 3:35 left in the second period. The Leafs would tie the score on a goal by Ron Ellis with 1:30 left, setting up Murphy's heroics. "We played pretty well, better than we have been the past few games," head coach Bob Pulford said. "In the third period, we tried to protect the net and they kept coming. After the third period, I just tried to calm them down. When the other team scores with 1:30 left in the game, it's disheartening. I just told them they've showed guts all year."

1976 - The Kings shut out the Atlanta Flames, 1-0 in Georgia, to win their First Round series, 2-0. Rogie Vachon (Kings all-time goalies) had the shutout, the second ever by the Kings in post-season play. "Rogie was superb, tremendous." said Kings head coach Bob Pulford. "He kept us in the game." Bob Berry scored the lone goal for the Kings, beating Atlanta netminder Dan Bouchard with just 1:44 to play in the game to break the scoreless tie.

1990 - Tony Granato (Kings all-time scoring) scored a shorthanded goal at 8:37 of overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 win over the Flames, in Game 3 of the Smythe Division Semifinals. "It was a great hockey game to be involved in," Granato said. It was the first shorthanded OT winner in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Tomas Sandstrom scored for the Kings 23 seconds into the second period off an assist from Wayne Gretzky, playing for the first time in seven games due to a back injury. Calgary's Joe Mullen banged in a rebound of Theoren Fleury's wrist shot past with 5:55 remaining in the game to force overtime.

1993 -
Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) set an NHL record for goals in one season (Kings scoring leaders by year) by a left wing with No. 61 vs. San Jose in a 2-1 win.  Both of Robitaille's goals were in the third period, as the Kings rallied from down 1-0 on rookie Mark Beaufait's first and only NHL goal. Robitaille's second goal was the game winner and broke the mark of 60, set by Montreal's Steve Shutt during the 1976-77 season. Shutt would later play for the Kings, scoring 16-25=41 in 1984-85, his final NHL season, Robitaille would debut with the Kings two years later. Luc would finish the 1992-93 season with 63 goals, an NHL record for left wingers that stood until April 3, 2008, when Washington's Alexander Ovechkin tallied twice as the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1. Ovechkin finished the season with 65 goals, two more than the previous record held by Robitaille.  [Back]


1968 - Wayne Connelly of the Minnesota North Stars scored the first penalty shot goal in NHL playoff history vs. the Kings' Terry Sawchuk (Kings all-time goalies) in a 7-5 Minnesota win. Lowell MacDonald scored two first period goals and Howie Hughes scored to make it 3-1. Minnesota answered with two goals to end the first in a 3-3 tie. Minnesota's Parker MacDonald scored just 1:25 into the second period to take a 4-3 lead and then the Kings defenseman Dale Rolfe was whistled for interference on Connelly's breakaway setting up his penalty shot and a 5-3 North Star lead. Minnesota extended the lead to 6-3 in the third period but Ted Irvine and Doug Robinson scored to cut the Kings deficit to 6-5. Minnesota's Andre Boudrias then scored to put the game out of reach. Kings head coach Red Kelly called the game "loosey-goosey" and added, "we played badly. It' not so bad to lose, but you don't like to play giveaway. You like to play as well as you can, even if you lose. We just didn't play very well, and we lost.' Sawchuck surrendered five goals on 23 shots through the first two periods before Wayne Rutledge came on in relief and surrendered two on 11 shots.

1977 - Butch Goring (Kings all-time scoring) scored a hat trick and Marcel Dionne added a solo tally as the Kings beat Atlanta, 4-2 at the Forum, to eliminate the Flames in the third and deciding game of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round. "It was big men against little men and this time the little men won," Goring said.."We worked the whole season for the home ice advantage and fortunately we had it and it paid off. We worked hard and deserved the game. We played better than they did. The hat trick was just icing on the cake" Goring netted goals in each period, with his final goal coming with one second left after Atlanta pulled goalie Phil Myre. The Kings held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 but Atlanta's Tom Lysiak scored on the power play early in the third period, but Rogie Vachon, who stopped 25-of-27 shots, held the lead. It was the second consecutive year that the Kings eliminated Atlanta and it marked the third time in four years that the Kings advanced to the Quarterfinals.  

1981 - The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings went on a record brawling binge in the second game of their playoff series in a Kings 5-4 win. The two clubs combined for a playoff-record 45 penalties in the first period - including 30 infractions worth 200 minutes of penalty time for a sprawling 10-minute brawl at the end of the period. The old record was 36 penalties by the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins in 1980. The Rangers had drawn 16 penalties for 106 minutes and the Kings 14 penalties for 94 minutes. As for the game, Larry Murphy, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Billy Harris all scored goals as the Kings opened up a 4-2 lead. The Rangers tied it in the third but Dean Hopkins scored the game winner with 2:43 reamaining in the game.  [Back]


1982 - The Kings staged their famous "Miracle on Manchester," scoring five goals in the third period to erase a 5-0 deficit and tie the Edmonton Oilers - then winning 6-5 on an overtime goal by Daryl Evans' ( 700K) at 2:55 of overtime, capping the greatest comeback in Stanley Cup playoff history. The Kings scorers in the third period were Jay Wells, Doug Smith, Charlie Simmer, Mark Hardy and Steve Bozek ( 700K).

1991 - Steve Duchesne  (Kings all-time scoring) scored the first penalty-shot goal in Kings playoff history, beating Vancouver's Kirk McLean in a 6-1 Kings win at home. Wayne Gretzky scored the game winning goal to put the Kings up 2-1 and added an assist. Tony Granato, Steve Kasper, Dave Taylor and Mike Donnelly also scored in the win. Vancouver's Cliff Ronning threw his stick at the puck carrier in the third period which awarded Duchesne the penalty shot. Ronning was the lone Canuck to score in the game.

1990 - The Kings won, 12-4, vs. Calgary in First Round playoff action. Three Kings - Dave Taylor, Tony Granato and Tomas Sandstrom (Kings all-time scoring) - recorded hat tricks, marking the only time in NHL history three players have had three goals in the same game for the same team. Wayne Gretzky had a goal and four assists. "It was one of the stranger ones I've been involved in, no question," Gretzky said. "Obviously, everything we did we seemed to do right and well. They had a tough night. They'll be much tougher the next game." Jay Miller and Todd Elik also scored for the Kings. Mike Vernon stopped just 4-of-7 shots while backup Rick Wamsley stopped just 14-of-23 shots. Kelly Hrudey stopped 20-of-24 surrendering all four goals in the second period. The Kings scored four in the first period, five in the second and three more in the third for a total of 12 goals.    [Back]

1998 - Yanic Perreault scored twice, including one of a team-record with three shorthanded goals (Perreault, Russ Courtnall and Glen Murray) and Stephane Fiset (Kings all-time goalies) made 40 saves as Los Angeles won, 4-3 against Colorado at the Great Western Forum. The Kings were out-shot by the Avalanche, 43-18.     [Back]


1991 - Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) had four assists to give him 200 in his playoff career. His milestone came as the Kings beat Vancouver, 7-4, in Game 5 of the Smythe Division Semifinals. Luc Robitaille scored two power-play goals and the Kings broke a 4-4 tie at 13:27 of the second period with three unanswered goals, including the game winner by Brad Jones. Steve Duchesne, Mike Donnelly, Tomas Sandstrom and Rob Kudelski also scored for the Kings.

1994 -
Dave Taylor (Kings all-time scoring) announced his retirement after 17 seasons as a King. "It's a tough day," said Taylor. "I've wrestled with this ever since I was injured this year. I've had a couple head injuries the last couple of years. The plain fact is, I can't take any more blows to the head. For 17 years I've been a player. I know that side of it pretty well. I'm open for discussion with the Kings. We're going to have some talks. Hopefully, I'll still be with the organization in the future."

1996 - The Winnipeg Jets beat the Kings 5-3 to earn a playoff spot in the last regular season game played by the Jets. The Kings cut the deficit to 4-3 in the third on a goal by Nathan Lafayette, but Keith Tkachuk scored his 50th of the season in an empty net to beat the Kings. After an extended pre-game ceremony that included the introduction of Golden Jet Bobby Hull and retired hero Thomas Steen, Kevin Todd's dump-in rimmed around the boards and got away from Jets goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, popping out front for Robert Lang, who scored for a 1-0 Kings lead just 1:48 in. Craig Janney tied the game at 3:01. Ray Ferraro put the Kings up 2-1 and Tkachuk scored his first of the game to tie it at two. Norm Maciver made it 3-2 and rookie Shane Doan scored to make it 4-2.

1999 - Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) recorded his 13th career hat trick in Nashville as the Kings beat the first-year Predators, 4-3. Olli Jokinen had three assists and Stephane Fiset made 39 saves as Los Angeles avoided a season series sweep against the expansion team, who had won the first three games of the 1998-99 season series with the Kings. Jan Nemecek also scored for Los Angeles.      [Back]


1968 - Gord Labossiere (Kings all-time scoring) scored twice in the first 2:09 of the game to lead the Kings to a 3-2 playoff win over the North Stars in Game 5 of the Quarterfinals in Los Angeles. "Gordon had been having a rough go until Saturday in the playoffs," Kings head coach Red Kelly said. "But he snapped back and pushed in two goals and really got us going." The Kings led 3-0 and had to hold on as Minnesota's Wayne Connelly scored two goals in a six-minute span, but Wayne Rutledge protected the lead en route to making 27 saves to put the Kings up, 3-2 in the series. Minnesota would win the next two games, however, to eliminate Los Angeles.

1969 - The Kings won, 5-3, at Oakland to clinch their first ever playoff series, 4-3. Ted Irvine scored two goals while Bill Flett, Lowell MacDonald and Howie Menard (Kings all-time scoring) each scored once. Irvine put the Kings up 1-0 and 2-1 in the first period. Oakland's Earl Ingarfield tied the score and Flett put the Kings back up for good. MacDonald put the Kings up 4-2 and was credited with the game winner as Gerry Ehman scored for the Seals to bring Oakland with in 4-3. Menard iced the game, extending the lead to 5-3. Gerry Desjardins earned the win, stopping 24-of-27. The Kings overcame a 3-2 series deficit to advance and play St. Louis, where they were swept in four games. To read more about the first All-California Stanley Cup Playoff series, click here.

1982 - The Kings win their first round best-of-five series against Edmonton with a 7-4 win in Edmonton. Charlie Simmer and Dan Bonar (Kings all-time scoring) led the offense with two goals apiece. The Kings, who finished 48 points behind Edmonton in the Smythe Division standings, jumped out to an early lead on Simmer's two goals 2:58 apart in the first period. Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey then sandwiched goals around a third King goal, but Marcel Dionne quickly extended the lead to 4-2. The Kings would tack on two more goals in the second and one in the third for a 7-2 lead. Daryl Evans and Bernie Nicholls also scored for Los Angeles.

1989 - Mike Allison (Kings all-time scoring) scores one of greatest goals ( 700K) in Kings history as he came down the right wing in Edmonton with Oilers' defenseman Randy Gregg draped on his back, circled behind the Oilers' net, came out on the left side and while being knocked to the ice put the puck past Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr. The goal tied the game at 16:22 of the second period in an eventual 4-1 victory to tie the series at 3-3. Gregg scored the game's first goal for Edmonton, Allison's acrobatic goal tied it and Jim Wiemer scored the game winner 4:14 into the third period. Chris Kontos and Luc Robitaille also scored as the Kings tallied three goals in the third period to rally for the win.   [Back]

1990 - Mike Krushelnyski ( 700K) scored at 23:14 of overtime to give the Kings a 4-3 win over defending Stanley Cup Champion Calgary in Game 6 of the Smythe Division Semifinals. The win advanced the Kings to the Smythe Division Finals against Edmonton. Wayne Gretzky and Joe Nieuwendyk exchanged goals in the first period, while Doug Gilmour put the Flames up 2-1 entering the third period. Steve Duchesne scored twice in the third period, tying the game with 1:43 remaining, setting up Krushelnyski's heroics. Joe Mullen also scored for the Flames.

1992 - The Kings closed out the 1991-92 season with Vancouver at home and become the first team in LA sports history to sell out every home game, 16,005 tickets, for all 40 home games at the Forum. The Kings would conclude a 20-11-9 slate with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver. Doug Lidster led the Canucks with a goal and an assist as the Kings trailed 3-0, but rallied on goals by Larry Robinson and Corey Millen but could not get the equalizer.

1994 - Dave Taylor (Kings all-time scoring) suited up for the final time in his career and and takes the opening faceoff for career game No. 1,111 as the Kings and Oilers skated to a 2-2 tie. Luc Robitialle and Charlie Huddy had goals for the Kings. Only Bill Russell of baseball's Dodgers (18 seasons) and Jackie Slater of the NFL's Rams (20 seasons) played more seasons for a major franchise in Los Angeles than Taylor (17 seasons).     [Back]


1976 - Marcel Dionne (Kings all-time scoring) scored the first hat trick of his playoff career in a 6-4 win over Boston, in Game 3 of the Quarterfinals. "My team made a great effort to come back," said Kings head coach Bob Pulford. "We were shaky again at the start. We have no false impressions we have this won yet." The Kings trailed 2-0 after just seven and a half minutes, but Mike Murphy cut the Bruins lead in half and Dionne scored the next three Kings goals to tie the game at 2-2 and then take leads of 3-2 and 4-3. Don Kozak scored what turned out to be the game winner and Bob Nevin completed the Kings scoring as Los Angeles held on to a 6-4 win.

1989 - The Kings won Game 7 of their First Round series with Edmonton, 6-3. The win capped a comeback that saw the Kings rally from a 3-1 deficit, the only time in Kings history and the fifth time in NHL history that a team rallied to win after trailing 3-1 in a series. Bernie Nicholls (Kings all-time scoring) had two goals and two assists and Wayne Gretzky also tallied two goals and an assist as the Kings eliminated the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Jack Nicholson, John Candy, Sylvester Stallone, Kathleen Turner, Tom Hanks, Richard Dean Anderson, Alan Thicke and Former U.S. President Ronald Regan were all in attendance.

1993 - Luc Robitaille set the NHL record for points in one season (Kings scoring leaders by year) by a left wing. He had a goal and three assists in the season's final game vs. Vancouver, an 8-6 loss to the Canucks. His 125 points surpassed the old mark of 123 set by Kevin Stevens. Cliff Ronning had three goals and an assist in the third period as Vancouver rallied with five goals in the final period to erase a 5-3 Kings lead. Wayne Gretzky added a goal and two assists.

1999 - Doug Bodger and Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) scored six seconds apart to tie a club record for the fastest two goals as the Kings defeated Anaheim in overtime, 4-3. Ray Ferraro added two power-play goals, including the OT game winner, 2:21 into overtime.      [Back]


1982 - Rookie Steve Bozek's (Kings all-time scoring) overtime goal at 4:33 gave the Kings a 3-2 win at Vancouver in Game 2 of the Smythe Division Finals. Bozek tipped in a point shot by Los Angeles defenseman Rick Chartraw after Chartraw had his first shot blocked by Vancouver's Dave Williams. Dave Taylor and Marcel Dionne also scored for the Kings, playing their fourth game in five nights. The Canucks, who had been unbeaten in their previous 13 games, had goals from Darcy Rota and Stan Smyl.

1999 - Stephane Fiset (Kings all-time goalies) recorded his 15th career shutout in a 2-0 Kings win at San Jose. Rob Blake and Ray Ferraro tallied goals to support Fiset's 33 stops. It was the Kings eighth shutout of the year, their most in one season since 1976-77, when they also had eight goose eggs.    [Back]


1977 - Don Kozak ( 700K) set an NHL record for fastest goal from the starting faceoff of a playoff game, scoring six seconds into the start of a 7-4 win over Boston, in Game 4 of the Quarterfinals. "I wasn't really thinking about a goal, I just thought about that first shift," Kozak said of his goal, which broke the record of nine seconds, set by Gordie Howe in 1954. "Breaking the record was nice, but a good first shift was more important. All I wanted to do was set the pace, to get the guys going, after all, we are down 3-0 in this series and a loss would have ended if for us." Frank St. Marseille, Butch Goring and Gary Sargent also scored as the Kings entered the third with a 4-1 lead. Two quick Boston goals cut the lead to one, but Marcel Dionne, Mike Murphy and Gene Carr tallied goals as the Kings held on for a 7-4 win. The combined 11 goals pushed the Kings/Boston series total to 43, which set a record for the most goals through four games of a playoff series in NHL history, bettering the mark of 36, set by Boston/St. Louis in 1972...read more.

2006 - Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) played his 1,431st and last NHL game in San Jose as the Kings shutout the Sharks, 4-0. Pavol Demitra, Mark Parrish, Michael Cammalleri and Mattias Nortstrom tallied goals while goaltender Jason LaBarbera (Kings all-time goalies) recorded his first NHL shutout. Robitaille spent 14 of his 19 NHL seasons as a King, scoring a club-record 557 goals.     [Back]

1991 - Luc Robitaille's (Kings all-time scoring) overtime goal at 2:16 vs. Edmonton gives the Kings a 4-3 win in the opening game of the 1991 playoffs. Robitaille had tied the game at 12:07 of the third period to force overtime. Steve Kasper and Tomas Sandstrom also scored for the Kings while Peter Klima, Mark Messier and Martin Gellinas scoring for the Oilers. Kelly Hrudey made 29 saves for the win.

1999 - In the final regular season game at the Great Western Forum, the St. Louis Blues edge the Kings, 3-2. Rookie Jason Blake and Vladimir Tsyplakov (Kings all-time scoring) score for the Kings, with Tysplakov's goal the last ever scored at the Forum. The " Fabulous" Forum, as it became known to locals, was constructed by Jack Kent Cooke in 1967 and would be the Kings home from 1967-1999. Los Angeles' first game at the Forum took place on Dec. 30, 1967, a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Kings hosted the 1981 NHL All-Star game at the Forum. Check out the Kings All-Time arenas for more information on the former home of the Los Angeles Kings. All totaled, the Kings played in 1204 regular season games at the Forum, posting an all-time mark of 572-454-178 for 1,322 points, with their best home record coming in 1990-91, posting a 26-9-5 mark.The Kings also played host to 69 Stanley Cup playoff games, posting a 32-37 mark in the post season; hosted two Stanley Cup Finals games

2001 - The Kings capped a comeback from a three-goal deficit with three goals in the final 6:02 of the game and then rookie Eric Belanger's OT ( 700K) goal at 2:36 won it as Los Angeles beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 4-3, in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. "I don't know why, but I believed we had a chance to come back all the time,'' Luc Robitaille said. "I knew if we kept working, we'd get our breaks."The Kings scored three unanswered goals (John Thomas, Jozef Stumpel and Bryan Smolinski ) in 5:14 to tie the game, with Smolinski tying the score with 53 seconds left in regulation to finish a game that has been remembered in Kings lore as the "Frenzy on Figueroa."    

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1977 - Rogie Vachon (Kings all-time goalies) made 39 saves as the Kings beat the Bruins, 3-1 at Boston, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals. "It was outstanding, just outstanding. You can't say anything more than that," Kings head coach Bob Pulford said of Vachon's performance. It was the Kings' second straight win following three straight losses to open the series. Defenseman Bob Murdoch was credited with a goal early in the third period after Boston defenseman Brad Park accidentally kicked a rebound into his own net to put the Kings up 2-1 and Mike Murphy added an empty-netter with one second remaining in the game to complete the scoring. Dave Shultz put the Kings on the board with 3:38 remaining in the first period, lifting a rebound over Gerry Cheevers for a 1-0 lead. Boston's  Rick Middleton tied the game with 6:18 left in the second, but to no avail.    [Back]


1992 - Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) picked up four assists to become the first player in NHL history to record 300 career playoff points; the milestone came during an 8-5 win over the Oilers, in Game 2 of the Smythe Division Semifinals, in Los Angeles.  Former Oilers Paul Coffey (two goals) Marty McSorley, Charlie Huddy and Jari Kurri all scored goals as the five ex-Oilers (Gretzky included) combined for 5-9=14 in the game. Tony Granato, Rob Blake and Mike Donnelly also scored for the Kings.    [Back]


1978 - Former Kings left winger Bob Berry was named the Kings' eighth head coach in franchise history, replacing Ron Stewart. Stewart led the Kings to a 31-34-15 mark in 1977-78, in his only season behind the Kings bench, and a preliminary round playoff exit vs. Toronto, 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Berry would lead the Kings from 1978-81, posting a 107-94-39 mark, while guiding Los Angeles to the post season each year, only to lose in the preliminary round to the New York Rangers (1979, 0-2), the New York Islanders (1980, 1-3) and the Rangers again (1981, 1-3).

2006 - Dean Lombardi was named the eighth General Manager in club history succeeding Dave Taylor, whom held the post from April 22, 1997 to April 18, 2006, with the franchise posting a 290-261-105 mark over that span with four post season (1998, 2000-02) appearances, posting a 10-18 record.    [Back]


1976 - Butch Goring (Kings all-time scoring) scored 18:28 into overtime ( 700K) at the Forum to beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3 and even the series at three wins apiece. After the goal, which was scored against Hall of Fame goaltender Gerry Cheevers, the Kings carried Goring off the ice on their shoulders to the roar of the Forum crowd. "I can't say enough about the club. They played their hearts out," Kings head coach Bob Pulford said. "That we were down two goals and came back the way we did made me very proud of them." Mike Corrigan tallied two goals in the third period as the Kings erased a 3-1 deficit to force overtime. Tom Williams put the Kings up 1-0 in the second period but Boston's Bobby Schmautz tied the game and the Daryl Edestrand and Gregg Sheppard put the Bruins on top 3-1 before Corrigan tied it in the third and Goring won it for the Kings.

1997 - Kings named Dave Taylor as the team's new General Manager, replacing Sam McMaster, who had been the G.M. for the previous three seasons. McMaster was named the Kings G.M. on May 24, 1994 and led the Kings to a 68-106-38 record, without making a playoff appearance. Taylor became the seventh G.M. in the club's 30-year history. Taylor held the post until April 18, 2006, with the franchise posting a 290-261-105 mark over that span with four post season (1998, 2000-02) appearances (10-18).    [Back]


2001 - Adam Deadmarsh (Kings all-time scoring) scored two goals against the Detroit Red Wings, tying the game at two at 10:17 of the third period and winning the game in overtime at 4:48 ( 700K) to clinch the First Round series against the Red Wings. It marked just the second time in club history the Kings won a series on an overtime goal (April 14, 1990 - Mike Krushelnyski vs. Calgary - 700K). The Kings trailed in the series 2-0 to the heavily favored Red Wings - being outscored 9-3 in the first two games - before rallying to win four straight. Game 4, forever known in Kings history as the "Frenzy on Figueroa," saw the Kings rally from a three-goal deficit with three goals in the final 6:02 to win on Eric Belanger's overtime goal on April 18.    [Back]


1989 - Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) scored his 86th career playoff goal, making him the No.1 playoff goal scorer in NHL history (passing Mike Bossy who had 85 with the Islanders), when the Kings lost 5-3 to the Flames, in Game 4 of the Smythe Division Finals to complete a four-game sweep by Calgary. Joe Mullen (GWG) and Gary Roberts each scored two goals for the Flames, while Joe Nieuwendyk also scored. Gretzky added two assists, getting helpers on both Steve Duchesne goals, in addition to his bittersweet record setting goal. "It doesn't mean a whole lot," Gretzky said. "It would have meant a lot if we'd have kept going. I would trade all my goals for a Stanley Cup any year."     [Back]


1995 - The Kings defeat Detroit, 5-1 as goalie Kelly Hrudey (Kings all-time goalies) records 30 saves and Kevin Todd scored two goals - including the game winner - and added an assist in the win. Robert Lang, Troy Crowder and Jari Kurri also scored for Los Angeles.

2002 - Felix Potvin (Kings all-time goalies) recorded his eighth career playoff shutout and Craig Johnson scored the winning goal at 2:19 of overtime in a 1-0 win over the Avalanche at Colorado, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.  Johnson scored after a pass from Jaroslav Modry bounced off his skate and past Colorado goalie Patrick Roy.    [Back]


1991 - In their second round series with Edmonton, the Kings win Game 5, 5-2, at home. The Oilers lead in the series was cut to 3-2. Luc Robitaille (Kings all-time scoring) had a hat trick giving him 10 goals in the playoffs, a club record. Steve Kasper and Todd Elik added a goal each for the Kings, whom were inspired by the return of Tomas Sandstrom, who played despite a fractured leg. "He's unbelieveable," Robitaille said. "Everybody knows he's got a broken leg and he went out there and finished more checks than anybody." Sandstrom also tallied an assist.

2001 - Jaroslav Modry (Kings all-time scoring) became the first defenseman in Kings history to get a playoff overtime goal when he scored on a power play at 14:23 of overtime for a 4-3 win against the Avalanche, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Colorado. Felix Potvin made 34 saves and Glen Murray tallied two goals to lead the Kings. Peter Forsberg scored at 15:30 to send the game into overtime. Chris Drury and Rob Blake had the other Avalanche goals, while Nelson Emerson also scored for Los Angeles.     [Back]


1993 - Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Kings to a 9-4 playoff win at Calgary in Game 5 of the Smythe Division Semifinals. Luc Robitaille and Pat Conacher tallied two goals, Tomas Sandstrom added a goal and an assist, while Warren Rychel, Mike Donnelly and Tony Granato also scored to lead the Kings. Rookie goaltender Robb Stauber stopped 40 Flames shots to earn the win while Joe Nieuwendyk and Theoren Fleury added power play tallies and Chris Dahlquist and Frank Musil also scored for the Flames.

1998 - The St. Louis Blues scored four goals on a five-minute major power play in the third period of Game 3 of their first round playoff series to defeat the Kings, 4-3 and go up 3-0 in the series (the Blues swept the Kings 4-0). Sean O'Donnell drew a game misconduct and was in the penalty box for five minutes for fighting Geoff Courtnall after Courtnall drew a charging minor after making contact with Kings goaltender Jamie Storr.  Pascal Rheaume, Brett Hull, Pierre Turgeon and Terry Yake all scored during a span of 3:07 during the man advantage. Ian Laperriere, Yanic Perreault and O'Donnell scored for the Kings to build the initial 3-0 lead.    [Back]

1942 - Former Kings center Howie Menard (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Timmins, Ontario. Menard played in the NHL from 1963-64 through 1969-70 with Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and Oakland. Menard played in two seasons with the Kings (1967-69), scoring 19-32=51 in 91 games. He was claimed by Chicago from Los Angeles in the Intra-League Draft on June 11, 1969, finishing his career scoring 23-42=65 in 151 games.      [Back]


1993 - Jari Kurri (Kings all-time scoring) scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Kings to a 9-6 playoff win over Calgary in Game 6 of the Smythe Division Semifinals, at the Forum. With the victory, Los Angeles advanced to the Smythe Division Finals against Vancouver. Tomas Sandstrom also added two goals while Wayne Gretzky had a goal and two assists. Robb Stauber stopped 36 shots. Dave Taylor, Rob Blake, Tony Granato, Corey Millen and Jimmy Carson also tallied for the Kings, which scored three goals in each period, despite having just 23 shots on goal to 42 for the Flames. Kings coach Barry Melrose juggled his lines during the series and put Gretzky and Kurri together for the first time that season. "I haven't played out there with Jari all year and it brought some well-needed electricity," Gretzky said.    [Back]


2001 - Mathieu Schneider (Kings all-time scoring) tied a Kings team playoff record for defensemen with his ninth assist of the playoffs in a 4-3 loss against the visiting Colorado Avalanche, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifiinals. The record of nine helpers by a defenseman was originally set by Steve Duchesne in 1990, and matched by Alexei Zhitnik in 1993. As for the game, Colorado's Milan Hedjuk had a goal and two assists, while Rob Blake, Jon Klemm and Peter Forsberg also scored for the Avalanche. Luc Robitaille had a goal and two assists, while Ziggy Palffy and Glen Murray also scored for the Kings in the loss.  [Back]