Playoff Games 1960's
1968 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 4, 1968: Kings 2, Minnesota 1 Series: 1-0
LOS ANGELES - The Kings reversed their losing trend against the Minnesota North Stars during the NHL regular season with a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the West Division Stanley Cup playoff semifinal.

Kings forward Eddie Joyal put Los Angeles ahead 1-0 with a goal with five seconds remaining in the second period off a pass from Bill Flett. Kings defenseman Bill White put the Kings up 2-0 with a 45-foot shot from the right point at 3:13 of the third period.

Just 41 seconds later, Minnesota’s Dave Balon pulled the North Stars to within one, yet the Kings held on for the win.

“Our fellows never quit and they played a tremendous game,” Kings coach Red Kelly told the Associated Press in 1968. “They didn’t stop until the game was over. The game wasn’t decided until the very last faceoff.”

Los Angeles goaltender Terry Sawchuk made 31 saves in his 96th career playoff game. Minnesota goaltender Cesare Maniago made 40 saves.

During the regular season, the Kings did not have much success against the North Stars, winning just two of the 10 games against Minnesota. Yet the Kings were able to beat the North Stars for the first time since Oct. 15 to win their first playoff game in franchise history.

“We didn’t skate well,” Minnesota coach Wren Blair told the Associated Press. “We were fortunate to even stay in the game.”
1968 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 6, 1968: Kings 2, Minnesota 0 Series: 2-0
LOS ANGELES - Behind a shutout by goaltender Terry Sawchuk, the Kings surprised the Minnesota North Stars again with a 2-0 victory that gave them a 2-0 series lead in the Western Division Stanley Cup playoff semifinals.

Sawchuk made 18 saves to record his 12th career shutout in 14 playoff seasons, one short of tying Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Turk Broda’s record 13 playoff shutouts.

Kings forward Lowell MacDonald put Los Angeles on the scoreboard first with a power-play goal at the 3:45 mark of the first period. It was the second power-play goal of the series for the Kings, a vast difference from the regular season in which the Kings were outscored 12-2 by the North Stars in penalty situations.

In the second period the Kings extended their lead, taking advantage of a Minnesota turnover in the Kings’ defensive zone. Minnesota defender Mike McMahon turned the puck over to Los Angeles forward Bill Flett, who then deflected it to forward Eddie Joyal. Joyal took the puck the length of the ice from his own blue line, rocketing a shot past Minnesota goaltender Cesare Maniago for a goal at the 18:12 mark of the second period.

On the game, Maniago made 37 saves in his attempt to keep the North Stars close, but the veteran Sawchuk, playing in his 17th NHL season proved to be the difference.
1968 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 9, 1968: Minnesota 7, Kings 5 Series: 2-1
ST. PAUL - After two low-scoring games to open the playoff series, the Kings and the North Stars exploded for 12 total goals in game three. Unfortunately for the Kings, they ended up on the wrong end of a 7-5 game that cut their series advantage to 2-1 in the Western Division Stanley Cup playoff semifinals.

“It just wasn’t a goaltenders’ game,” Minnesota coach Wren Blair told the Winona Daily News in 1968. “It was loosely played, but I don’t care. We had to win it any way we could, and we’re very happy with it.”

The scoring started early with six goals in the first period. After Minnesota’s Bill Collins scored the first goal of the game at the 5:51 mark of the first period, Los Angeles forward Lowell MacDonald scored two goals to give the Kings a 2-1 lead. Los Angeles forward Howie Hughes extended the Kings lead to 3-1 with a goal at the 15:19 mark of the period.

However, the North Stars showed a great deal of resolve and fought back to tie the game at 3-3 at the end of a wild first period with goals by Ray Cullen and Mike McMahon.

Minnesota’s Parker MacDonald broke the tie and gave the North Stars the lead for good with a goal just 1:25 into the second period.

The game was a far cry from the previous two games for Los Angeles goaltender Terry Sawchuk. Coming off a shutout of the North Stars in the second game of the series, Sawchuk was burned for five goals in two periods. Sawchuk was replaced by Wayne Rutledge in the third period.

“I put Rutledge in, that’s all,” Kings coach Red Kelly told the Winona Daily News. “I wanted to give him some playoff experience. They were taking pot shots all night in a loose game.”

Despite being a playoff game, the North Stars attracted a season-low 6,797 fans to the game.

“We’ve been bouncing back all season,” Blair told the Winona Daily News. “I just don’t understand the American fans.”
1968 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 11, 1968: Minnesota 3, Kings 2 Series: 2-2
ST. PAUL - Riding the solid of goaltending of Cesare Maniago, the Minnesota North Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, to tie the series at two games apiece in the Western Division Stanley Cup playoff semifinals.

Maniago made 30 saves, including a brilliant 13 stops in a scoreless third period when the Kings subjected him to intense pressure.

“I was just lucky,” Maniago told the Associated Press in 1968. “Any one of their shots in the third period could have gone in. They were shooting every kind of shot.”

The Kings got off to fast start, scoring two goals within the first five minutes of the game. After Los Angeles’ Bill Flett scored the first goal of the game, Bill White added the second with a 40-foot shot that found its way past Maniago.

“No excuse,” Maniago told the Associated Press about White’s goal. “I guess I just lost it, that’s all. Nobody was screening me.”

Maniago was solid after the fretful first minutes of the game, not allowing another goal for the remainder of the game.

“Cesare was fantastic after that bouncer got away from him,” Minnesota coach Wren Blair told the Associated Press.

The North Stars were able to pull within one with a goal by Ray Cullen near the end of the first period. In the second period, Minnesota’s Mike McMahon tied the game before Dave Balon scored the game-winner off an assist from Milan Marcetta. Balon also notched an assist in the game.

“What it boils down to is they won their two home games and we won our two,” Los Angeles coach Red Kelly told the Associated Press. “We don’t seem to be a good road team in Minnesota, but we haven’t been bad on the road elsewhere. We’ll be ready Saturday.”
1968 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 14, 1968: Kings 3, Minnesota 2 Series: 3-2
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Kings coach Red Kelly was correct in his assessment that his team would be ready for game five as the Kings bounced back from two consecutive losses to regain the series lead with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota North Stars.

The Kings lead the Western Division Stanley Cup playoff semifinals 3-2.

Even though the Kings were out-shot by the North Stars by a 29-24 margin, they got out to a 3-0 lead that proved to be too much for Minnesota to overcome. Los Angeles center Gordon Labossiere scored two goals in the game and earned praise from his coach.

“Gordon had been having a rough go until Saturday in the playoffs…but he snapped back and pushed in two goals and really got us going,” Kelly told the Associated Press in 1968.

Minnesota’s Wayne Connelly scored two quick goals to make the game interesting yet the North Stars were unable to notch the game-tying goal.

Wayne Rutledge started in goal in place of Terry Sawchuk and made 29 saves.

Despite having the edge in the series, Kelly was far from confident that the series was over.

“The North Stars aren’t dead,” Kelly told the Associated Press.

Thus far in the series, the Kings have done a tremendous job of limiting Minnesota’s J.P. Parise and Andre Boudrias. With the team’s back against the wall, Parise was sure that the North Stars would come out firing in the next game.

“I plan to play my guts out,” Parise told the Associated Press. “I haven’t been what you would call great this series, but I’m not wearing that number 14 for nothing.”
1968 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 16, 1968: Minnesota 4, Kings 3 (OT) Series: 3-3
ST. PAUL - With their backs against the wall and facing elimination, the Minnesota North Stars extended their playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-3 victory in overtime in the Western Division Stanley Cup semifinals.

Minnesota’s Milan Marcetta scored the game-winning goal at the 9:11 mark of overtime, completing a remarkable comeback by the North Stars to remain alive. Trailing 3-1 in the third period, the North Stars tied the game with two goals, setting up Marcetta’s game-winner.

Minnesota’s Bill Goldsworthy assisted on Marcetta’s game-winning goal, getting the puck from the corner of the ice before passing to Marcetta in front of the cage on a play Goldsworthy said they practiced quite a few times.

“We had been working on that play,” Goldsworthy told the Associated Press in 1968. “Luckily, the defenseman was in the way, or it would have gone in back of the goal.”

“I never hit a puck harder in my life, and it went through his (goalie Wayne Rutledge) legs into the upper right corner” Marcetta told the Associated Press.

The series now shifts back to Los Angeles for the final game, a place where the North Stars have yet to win in three tries so far this series.

Los Angeles coach Red Kelly said that home-ice is an advantage the Kings will look to take advantage of.

“The home ice has been a big factor so far,” Kelly told the Associated Press. “But these are well-matched teams. It’s been a heck of a series, and it could go either way. We hope the home ice holds up for us.”
1968 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 7 April 18, 1968: Minnesota 9, Kings 4 Series: 3-4
LOS ANGELES - And so ends the Los Angeles Kings’ inaugural season in the National Hockey League. In the final game of the Western Division Stanley Cup playoff semifinals, the Kings fell to the Minnesota North Stars 9-4 at home.

Minnesota’s Parker MacDonald, Bill Goldsworthy, and Milan Marcetta each scored two goals, while Andre Boudrais, Wayne Connelly, and Dave Bolan rounded out the scoring for the North Stars.

The North Stars started the scoring early, taking a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period. In the second period, Los Angeles’ Eddie Joyal cut the deficit to 3-2 and raised hopes that the Kings were back in the game. Yet with five goals in the second period, the North Stars took a commanding 8-3 lead into the third period and the game, and season, was over for the Kings.

Kings veteran goaltender, Terry Sawchuk, did not receive much praise from the 11,214 present at the Forum, as he was soundly booed by the hometown crowd.

The nine goals were the most the North Stars scored all season.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 2, 1969: Kings 5, Oakland 4 (OT) Series: 1-0
OAKLAND - Rookie Gary Croteau and Eddie Joyal tallied two goals each and Ted Irvine set a then-record with the fastest overtime playoff goal scoring just 19 seconds into the extra frame as the Kings overcame three one-goal deficits to defeat the Oakland Seals, 5-4 to take a 1-0 series lead.

“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.”

Prior to that overtime goal, Sid How held the fasted playoff OT tally scoring just 25 seconds into the extra period as the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Americans in 1940.

The Seals held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before the Kings rallied.

“We played our best game in a long time,” head coach Red Kelly said. “We came from behind and had an uphill battle.”

Earl Ingarfield opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 8:01 into the game. The Kings tied it some five minutes later when Croteau collected Real Lemieux’s rebound. Joe Szura scored for the Seals at 16:21 and starting goaltender Gerry Desjardins would leave the game due to a lower body injury and Oakland leading 2-1 after one period of play.

Desjardins stopped 6-of-8 shots in the first period and was replaced in net by Wayne Rutledge

Croteau scored his second goal of the night 3:07 into the second but Francois Lacombe tied the score again with just 19 seconds left in the second period on a 70-foot shot that Rutledge misplayed to give Oakland a 3-2 lead entering the final period of play.

Joyal then tallied two goals in 3:31 to put the Kings ahead, 4-3. Gene Ubriaco tied the score with just under three minutes remaining setting up Irvine’s heroics.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 3, 1969: Oakland 4, Kings 2 Series: 1-1
OAKLAND - Ted Irvine and Howie Menard scored goals to give the Kings a 2-1 lead, but three unanswered goals - including the game winner by Oakland’s Gary Jarret - led the Seals to a 4-2 win, knotting the series at one game apiece.

“It was a bad goal,” Kings head coach Red Kelly told the Press Telegram in 1969. “That’s four bad goals we have given up this series and that’s too many.”

Oakland Captain Terry Hampson scored the first of his two goals on the night, less than two minutes into the opening frame with Irvine in the penalty box due to a high-sticking penalty.

Irvine would make up for his mistake in the second period, tying the score just 20 seconds into the middle frame to tie the score at one.

Menard put the Kings on top, 2-1, when he scored with the Kings having six attackers on the ice after a delayed penalty to Doug Roberts. Roberts would pick up a game misconduct for arguing the call. In all, 14 penalties were called in the game.

Hampson then scored his second goal of the game with 1:37 left in the second period to tie the score and Oakland took over in the third, scoring twice and out-shooting the Kings 16-11.

“Our guys plodded out in the third period,” Kelly said. “They didn’t have the zip. We had some good chances but they didn’t want to shoot.”

Jarrett scored the game winner for Oakland at 2:44 of the third period and Bob Dillabough added an empty netter for a 4-2 Seals win.

Oakland’s Gary Smith stopped 32-of-34 for the win, while LA’s Wayne Rutledge made 30 saves in taking the loss. LA out-shot the Seals, 38-34.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 5, 1969: Oakland 5, Kings 2 Series: 1-2
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles opened up a 1-0 lead but four straight goals by Oakland led to a 5-2 Seals win and a 2-1 series lead.

“I guess we weren’t ready tonight,” Kings defenseman Brent Hughes told the Press Telegram. “Guess we thought it’s our building and we could just put our sticks out on the ice and win.”

It looked that way for half the game.

After a scoreless first period, Real Lemieux jammed home a rebound for a controversial goal and a 1-0 lead 10:21 into the second period.

Oakland then scored four goals over the next 17:39 to take an insurmountable 4-1 lead and knock Kings goaltender Wayne Rutledge, who finished with 23 saves, out of the game.

Oakland’s Joe Szura started the scoring for Oakland 11:30 into the second to tie the score and Gary Jarrett gave the Seals the lead at 14:48.

Earl Ingarfield scored the game-winning goal just 13 seconds into the third period and Mike Laughton added some insurance nine minutes later to push the score to 4-1.

The Kings Bill Inglis cut the deficit to 4-2 but Oakland’s Gerry Ehman added a goal to complete the scoring.

The Seals’ Gary Smith stopped 31-of-33 shots for the win. Wayne Rutledge stopped 23-of-27 in the loss while Gerry Desjardins stopped 4-of-5 in relief.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 6, 1969: Kings 4, Oakland 2 Series: 2-2
LOS ANGELES - Kings defensemen Bill White, Larry Cahan, Brent Hughes all scored goals to help the Kings to a 4-2 victory over Oakland and tie the series at two games a piece.

“If you guys check,” Cahan told the Press Telegram, “I think that's a record for three defensemen to score a goal in a Stanley Cup Playoff game.”

The Seals tallied the first goal of the night as Earl Ingarfield put Oakland up 1-0 just 1:27 into the first. White tied it halfway through the opening stanza and forward Howie Menard put the Kings up 2-1.

Cahan scored the winner just 24 seconds into the second period while Hughes closed the scoring with his goal at 14:06, capping a run of four straight goals over 23:13.

Ted Hampson brought the Seals within 4-2, but Gerry Desjardins held strong making 11 third period saves and 27 in all, in earning his first win of the series.

Gary Smith took the loss stopping 29-of-33 shots.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 9, 1969: Oakland 4, Kings 1 Series: 2-3
OAKLAND - Oakland's Bob Dillabough scored two goals, including the game winner and Gary Smith made 36 saves as the Seals put the Kings on the brink of elimination with a 4-1 victory and a 3-2 series lead.

“Their third goal was the killing goal,” Kings head coach Red Kelly told the Press Telegram. “But we have to score on Gary Smith. He made some big saves.”

Mike Laughton scored 66 seconds into game, but Los Angeles would tie the score as Gary Croteau was credited with the Kings lone goal after Smith put it in his own net.

Dillabough then tallied a goal in both the second and third periods and Norm Ferguson capped the scoring for a 4-1 win.

Both teams had 37 shots on goal Gerry Desjardins took the loss, making 33 saves.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 10, 1969: Kings 4, Oakland 3 Series: 3-3
LOS ANGELES - Bill Flett scored the game winner after a wild first period that saw the teams combine for six goals and the Kings blow a 3-1 lead, but Los Angeles held on to prevail 4-3 and force a deciding Game 7 vs. Oakland.

“I was glad to see Flett score,” Kings head coach Red Kelly told the Press Telegram.

Flett added, “I was getting fed up with myself.”

For Flett it was his first goal of the series after leading the Kings in goals in 1967-68 with 26 and finishing second with 24 in 1968-69.

Los Angles got on the board when Ted Irvine scored his first goal since Game No. 2. Oakland’s Mike Laughton would tie it up one minute later. The next two Kings goals were scored off of Seals’ turnovers, with Brian Campbell and Lowell MacDonald scoring for a 3-1 Kings lead.

MacDonald’s goal was short handed.

However, Brian Perry and Gene Ubriaco, who was skating in his first shift of the game, tallied goals to tie the score up at three in a wild first period. The two teams combined for six goals on 28 shots and eight penalties for 16 minutes in the first period.

Flett would score his game winner 15 minutes into the second period while Los Angeles held the Seals to just nine shots over the second and third periods.

Kelly credited “a mighty sweet victory to the return to our checking game.”
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 7 April 13, 1969: Kings 5, Oakland 3 Series: 4-3
OAKLAND - Ted Irvine scored two goals and Lowell MacDonald scored the game winner as the Kings clinched their first playoff series victory in franchise history with a 5-3 road win over the Oakland Seals to clinch the series, 4-3.

The Kings twice blew one-goal leads allowing the Seals to overcome 1-0 and 2-1 leads before two third-period goals by Bill Flett and MacDonald put the game away.

Irvine sandwiched his two goals at 2:13 into the game and 12:14 around a goal by Carol Vadnais just four minutes in.

The Kings were shorthanded for over eight minutes in the first period yet still ended the period with a 2-1 lead.

“I thought if we could survive that, we might win the game,” head coach Red Kelly told the San Mateo Times. “I told our boys the checking was going to win or lose it. The checking's what did it.”

After Earl Ingarfield tied the score with his fourth goal of the series in the second period, Flett tied it five minutes later and MacDonald tallied the game winner mid-way through the third.

Gerry Ehman brought the Seals within 4-3 with just under 10 minutes to go, but Howie Menard iced the game with his third goal of the series.

Gerry Desjardins earned the win, stopping 24-of-27 while Gary Smith stopped 26-of-30 in suffering the loss.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 15, 1969: St. Louis 4, Kings 0 Series: 0-1
ST. LOUIS - Red Berenson scored three goals and goaltender Jacques Plante made 30 saves as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 in the first game of the Western Division Stanley Cup finals.

The scoring began in the first period when St. Louis’ Larry Keenan, who scored just five goals in the regular season, beat Kings goaltender Gerry Desjardins at the 11:00 mark.

However, the flood gates opened in the second period when Berenson scored three goals in the period, tying a Stanley Cup playoffs record.

Berenson was not the only Blues player to tie a playoff record. With the shutout, Plante matched former Toronto Maple Leaf Walter Broda with 13 career shutouts in the postseason.

With the loss, the Kings remained winless in St. Louis since the two teams entered the NHL at the same time two years ago with eight defeats and two ties.

In an attempt to jumpstart his team, Los Angeles coach Red Kelly replaced Desjardins with Wayne Rutledge at the start of the third period. While the Kings out-shot the Blues 11-7 in the period, the Kings failed to score.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 17, 1969: St. Louis 3, Kings 2 Series: 0-2
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis’ Gary Sabourin scored two goals, including the game-winner with six minutes remaining in the third period, to lead the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Division Stanley Cup finals.

With the series moving to Los Angeles, the Blues hold a 2-0 series advantage over the Kings.

St. Louis’ Red Berenson opened the scoring with a shot that beat Los Angeles goaltender Wayne Rutledge just 3:48 into the first period. Rutledge finished the game with 22 saves.

After Sabourin scored his first goal of the game in the second period to give the Blues a 2-0 lead, the Kings fought back to tie the game. Early in the third period the Kings Dave Amadio scored an unassisted goal, and six minutes later Bryan Campbell beat St. Louis goaltender Jacques Plante to tie the game with a short-handed goal.

Plante finished the game with 26 saves.

Yet the comeback for the Kings would not be complete as Sabourin scored the game-winner, scoring a goal on a rebounded Berenson shot.
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 19, 1969: St. Louis 5, Kings 2 Series: 0-3
LOS ANGELES - Despite the change in location, the result was still the same for the Los Angeles Kings. After dropping to the first two games of the Western Division Stanley Cup finals in St. Louis, the Kings fell to the Blues 5-2 at the Forum to fall behind 3-0 in the series.

The Kings scored first on a power-play goal by Bill Flett. The goal put the Blues behind for the first time all playoffs.

Yet the joy was short-lived for the Kings and the 12,523 in attendance at the Forum as the Blues stormed back to take a 2-1 lead on goals by Frank St.Marseille and Ab McDonald.

The Kings Skip Krake tied the game at 2-2 with a goal near the start of the third period, yet the Blues scored three goals to put the Kings in a tough situation.

“We’re down and there’s no tomorrow – or, rather, there’s just tomorrow,” Kings coach Red Kelly said.

The Kings must now win four consecutive games if they wish to advance to their first Stanley Cup finals in franchise history.

“We’re not gonna let ‘em go four straight,” Krake said. “We’re not gonna give it to ‘em – that’s for darn sure.”
1969 West Division Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 20, 1969: St. Louis 4, Kings 1 Series: 0-4
LOS ANGELES - The St. Louis Blues weathered an early deficit and came back to win the fourth and final game of the Western Division Stanley Cup finals, 4-1, over the Los Angeles Kings.

The win was the Blues’ eighth consecutive playoff victory, tying the NHL record.

The Kings Eddie Joyal scored the first goal of the night on the power play to put Los Angeles up 1-0 in the first period.

However, that would conclude the Kings scoring for the night. St. Louis’ Terry Crisp beat Los Angeles goaltender Gerry Desjardins with a shot on a rebound to tie the game 1-1 in the first period.

The Blues extended their lead to 3-1 in the second period on goals by Red Berenson and Gary Sabourin. Camille Henry notched the final goal of the game at the 10:56 mark of the third period.

Desjardins made 19 saves while St. Louis goaltender Jacques Plante stopped 31 shots.