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Playoff Games 1970's
1974 West Division Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 10, 1974: Chicago 3, Kings 1 Series: 0-1
CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in the second period to erase an early deficit en route to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the first game of the Western Division Stanley Cup quarterfinals.

The Kings’ Gene Carr gave Los Angeles the lead with a power-play goal with 10:52 left in the first period. Tommy Williams and Mike Murphy assisted on the goal that beat Chicago goaltender Tony Esposito.

However, the Blackhawks used a strong second period to not only tie the game but to take the lead for good. With 8:46 remaining in the second period, Chicago’s Darcy Rola scored after J.P. Bordeleau’s shot rebounded off Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon.

Chicago’s Dennis Hull gave the Blackhawks the lead with a goal with 3:09 left in the second period.

“Hull has the hardest shot in the league and I guess he proved it on that goal,” Vachon told the Star-News in 1974. “I didn’t see it all the way but I saw it coming. I gave him an inch under my glove and he made it.”

Vachon made 29 saves on the night.

Trailing by one the Kings pulled the goalie late in the third period, yet Chicago’s Stan Mikita scored an open-net goal with 48 seconds left to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead.

Following the game, Kings coach Bob Pulford speculated that maybe some of his players were nervous.

“We had guys on the team who had never played in a playoff game before,” Pulford told the Stat-News. “And then there’s always the fear that Chicago will explode on you. If they get up on you, they can really go.”

Kings captain Terry Harper had similar comments.

“We checked well in the first period and the third period, too,” Harper told the Star-News. “In the second period they overpowered us. I don’t really know why.”
1974 West Division Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 11, 1974: Chicago 4, Kings 1 Series: 0-2
CHICAGO - Chicago’s Stan Mikita broke a tie game with a goal in the second period that sparked the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the second game of the Western Division Stanley Cup quarterfinals.

With the series now shifting to Los Angeles, the Blackhawks hold a 2-0 series lead over the Kings.

The first period proved to be frustrating for the Kings. Although they out-shot the Blackhawks by a hefty 18-6 margin, they went into the first intermission trailing 1-0. Chicago’s Dick Redmond scored a power-play goal at the 12:21 mark to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

“The number of shots really don’t mean that much” Mikita told the Press-Telegram in 1974. “It depends where you get ‘em from.”

The Kings tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period on a goal by Bob Nevin. Yet Mikita deflected a shot from Chicago’s Bill White past Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon to give the Blackhawks the lead for good.

Chicago added the final two goals in the third period on scores by Dennis Hull and Jim Pappin.

Chicago goaltender Tony Esposito made 34 saves while Vachon stopped 24 shots.

For the second game, the Kings were outplayed by the Blackhawks in the second period. With the series now heading to Los Angeles, the Kings hope they can use the home crowd to urge them onto victory.

“This is they’re building and they’re expected to win here,” Los Angeles’ Butch Goring told the Press-Telegram. “Now we’re going home, so we’ll have no excuses. At least nobody can say they’re blowing us off the ice.”
1974 West Division Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 13, 1974: Chicago 1, Kings 0 Series: 0-3
LOS ANGELES - The Chicago Blackhawks scored an early goal and then rode the strong performance of their goaltender Tony Esposito to secure a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the third game of the Western Division Stanley Cup quarterfinals.

The Blackhawks now hold a commanding 3-0 series advantage over the Kings.

Just 40 seconds into the game Germain Gagnon scored the lone goal of the game, giving the Blackhawks an early 1-0 lead.

Yet that was it for the Blackhawks offensively as they managed just a total of three shots on Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon in the final two periods. Vachon made nine saves on the night, while Esposito was an impenetrable wall, blocking all 32 shots.

Facing a 3-0 series deficit, the Kings now have their backs to the wall. Yet despite the loss, Kings coach Bob Pulford was proud of his team’s effort.

“The Kings played for 60 minutes and should have won,” Pulford told the Star-News in 1974. “We didn’t put the puck in the nets but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Every King can hold his head high when he leaves the Forum tonight. No fan can have anything but a feeling of pride the way the Kings played. Chicago was lucky they didn’t get beat.”
1974 West Division Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 14, 1974: Kings 5, Chicago 1 Series: 1-3
LOS ANGELES - Tom Williams saved the Los Angeles Kings from elimination, scoring three goals in the Kings 5-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth game of the Western Division Stanley Cup quarterfinals.

The Kings now head to Chicago for game five trailing 3-1 in the series.

Williams tied a Stanley Cup playoff record with three goals in the third period. With the game tied 1-1 in the third period, Los Angeles’ Whitey Widing broke the tie. Three minutes later, Williams scored his first goal to give the Kings a 3-1 lead. Within 6:18, Williams added his other two goals to record a hat-trick and let out some frustration that was built up after the Kings lost 1-0 the previous game.

With the Blackhawks resting goaltender Tony Esposito, Mike Veisor made his first career playoff start for Chicago, making 18 saves.

Gary Edwards also made his playoff debut for the Kings, stopping 32 of 33 shots.
1974 West Division Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 16, 1974: Chicago 1, Kings 0 Series: 1-4
CHICAGO - Chicago goaltender Tony Esposito notched his second shutout of the series as the Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 to win the Western Division Stanley Cup quarterfinals in five games.

The Blackhawks now advance to face the Boston Bruins in the semifinals.

The lone goal of the night did not come until late in the third period when Jim Pappin’s deflected shot beat Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon with 4:37 remaining in the game.

“It hit their defenseman Sheldon Kannegeiser and then went in like a knuckleball,” Pappin told the Associated Press in 1974. “Really, it was a desperation shot. You know, when in doubt, shoot.”

Kings coach Bob Pulford was proud of the way his team fought throughout the series.

“I never really believed the Hawks were that good defensively,” Pulford told the Associated Press. “But we never stopped trying.”
1975 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 1 April 8, 1975: Kings 3, Toronto 2 (OT) Series: 1-0
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings carried over their immense success against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the regular season to the playoffs, securing a 3-2 win in overtime in the first game of the opening round of playoffs.

After defeating the Maple Leafs five times during the regular season, the Kings took the opening game of the series on Mike Murphy’s goal at the 8:53 mark of overtime. During the overtime, the Kings applied a tremendous amount of pressure on Toronto goaltender Gord McRae, outshooting the Maple Leafs 8-2.
1975 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 2 April 10, 1975: Toronto 3, Kings 2 (OT) Series: 1-1
TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs staved off elimination with a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings to tie the best-of-three playoff series at one game apiece.

Toronto’s Blaine Stoughton scored the game-winner at the 10:19 mark in the overtime period, beating Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon, who made 43 saves on the night. Toronto goaltender Gord McRae made 39 saves.

Toronto’s Darryl Sittler gave the Maple Leafs the first lead of the game when he scored midway through the first period.

Los Angeles’ Mike Murphy scored both Kings goals on the game, the first of which came in at the 10:45 mark of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. His second goal of the game, and third goal of the series, put the Kings up 2-1 four minutes into the third period.

Yet Toronto was able to force overtime when Dave Dunn scored a goal at the 8:45 mark of the third period to tie the game, which set the stage for Stoughton’s overtime heroics.

After a deflating loss in overtime in the first game of the series, the Maple Leafs were able to secure a critical win and snap a five-game losing streak to the Kings.
1975 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 3 April 11, 1975: Toronto 2, Kings 1 Series: 1-2
LOS ANGELES - In a surprising and unfortunate turn of events for the Los Angeles Kings, the Toronto Maple Leafs bounced back from a loss in the opening game of the best-of-three game playoff series to eliminate the Kings with a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles.

The playoff series victory was extra sweet for Toronto coach Red Kelly as he was able to secure a sense of revenge against his former team.
1976 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 1 April 6, 1976: Kings 2, Atlanta 1 Series: 1-0
LOS ANGELES - Riding the tremendous play of forward Tommy Williams and goaltender Rogie Vachon, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Atlanta Flames 2-1 in the opening game of the best-of-three playoff series before 12,023 at the Forum.

“A win right off the bat does relieve a lot of pressure, especially in a short series,” Williams told the Star-News in 1976. “Still, Atlanta is a good hockey team with good goal scorers, good defense and good goaltending. We have to be up at every moment.”

Williams gave the Kings the early lead with a goal just 50 seconds into the game. In the second period he assisted on a goal by Bob Nevin to give the Kings a 2-0 lead.

“Yes, it was one of my better games,” Williams told the Star-News. “I felt we all had to play our best to best Atlanta. If we want to win we’re going to have to put everything into it.”

Vachon stopped 19 of 20 total Atlanta shots.

“I don’t know why I play so well in the playoffs,” Vachon told the Star-News. “Maybe it’s a combination of my playing better and the team playing better. It seems like when I get in the playoffs I play like I have some kind of fever.”
1976 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 2 April 8, 1976: Kings 1, Atlanta 0 Series: 2-0
ATLANTA - Los Angeles’ Bob Berry gave the Kings a sweep of the Atlanta Flames in the opening round of the playoffs with a goal with 1:44 remaining in the game for a 1-0 win.

Atlanta goaltender Dan Bouchard proved difficult to beat in the third period, making two great saves before Berry shot off a rebound.
1976 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 11, 1976: Boston 4, Kings 0 Series: 0-1
BOSTON - Taking advantage of three power-play goals, the Boston Bruins defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 in the first game of the quarterfinals.

Boston’s Jean Ratelle was especially productive for the Bruins, scoring two power-play goals and assisting a Dave Forbes’ short-handed goal.

“We knew we were going to be flat because we had a week layoff, but we came out and played a smart game,” Ratelle told the Berkshire Eagle in 1976.

Goaltender Gilles Gilbert also played tremendous for the Bruins, making 21 saves for his second career shutout in the playoffs. While the Kings managed only four shots in the first period, Los Angeles outshot Boston 12-5 in the second period.

“The first game is very important and I was lucky that they hit the post in the second and third period,” Gilbert told the Berkshire Eagle.

For Los Angeles coach Bob Pulford, the Kings need to improve on the power play if the team wishes to defeat the Bruins.

“We’re going to have to get our power play going and stop theirs,” Pulford told the Berkshire Eagle. “They shouldn’t have had that short-handed goal and we had all kinds of power play chances and missed them; and you’ve got to take advantage of them because Boston is a tremendous hockey team. Goals will be hard to come by.”
1976 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 13, 1976: Kings 3, Boston 2 (OT) Series: 1-1
BOSTON - Los Angeles forward Butch Goring scored a goal just 27 seconds into overtime to lift the Kings to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Boston Bruins to tie the quarterfinal series at 1-1.

“There was plenty of enthusiasm in our locker room prior to the overtime,” Goring told The Sun in 1976. “We knew our best chance was to end the game in a hurry. The longer it goes the better things look for Boston, with the crowd screaming and pumping them up.”

Boston’s Jean Ratelle gave the Bruins the early lead with his third goal of the series at the 5:53 mark of the opening period.

The Kings tied the game in the second period on a slapshot by Marcel Dionne, yet Boston’s John Bucyk gave the Bruins back the lead later in the period.

Dionne scored his second goal of the game in the third period to tie the game and set the stage for Goring’s dramatic game-winner.

“The way we started out I thought it would be a repeat of Sunday’s game,” Kings coach Bob Pulford told The Sun. “The first 10 minutes we were badly outplayed, and it was fortunate we escaped the opening period down only 1-0.”

The loss snapped a 21-game undefeated (17-0-4) streak at Boston Garden for the Bruins.
1976 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 15, 1976: Kings 6, Boston 4 Series: 2-1
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles forward Marcel Dionne notched a hat trick en route to an offensive explosion for the Kings in a 6-4 victory over the Boston Bruins to take a 2-1 series advantage in the quarterfinals.

Boston’s Gregg Sheppard and Brad Park gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead just seven minutes into the first period, yet Dionne and Mike Murphy scored goals to tie the game at the end of the first period.

Don Kozak and Bob Nevin also scored goals for the Kings.

“My team made a great effort to come back,” Kings coach Bob Pulford told the Star-News in 1976. “We were shaky again at the start. We have no false impressions we have this won yet.”
1976 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 17, 1976: Boston 3, Kings 0 Series: 2-2
LOS ANGELES - Using a physical style of play that the Los Angeles Kings used to take a series advantage, the Boston Bruins defeated the Kings 3-0 to even the quarterfinal series at two games apiece.

“It was hard checking and good hard work,” Boston coach Don Cherry told the Star-News in 1976. “The Kings didn’t let down. You didn’t see a different Kings team, you saw a different Bruins team.”

Boston goaltender Gerry Cheevers turned in an excellent performance, stopping all 27 shots. Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon made 25 saves.

The Bruins scored one goal each period, with goals by Gregg Sheppard, Jean Ratelle, and Donald Marcotte.

“It was probably our worst game of the series,” Kings coach Bob Pulford told the Star-News. “We didn’t get the pressure on them like we did the two games we won.”
1976 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 20, 1976: Boston 7, Kings 1 Series: 2-3
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins took advantage of three power-play goals to rout the Los Angeles Kings 7-1 before 13,852 at the Boston Garden to take a 3-2 series lead in the quarterfinals.

Boston’s Brad Park scored a power-play goal and a short-handed goal, and assisted on two goals to lead the offensive onslaught for the Bruins. After concerns about the health of his knee, Park has put away doubts with solid performances in the playoffs.

“Having Brad back has made all the difference,” Boston’s Jean Ratelle told the Star-News in 1976. “He spent his time getting his knee in shape. The last two games, he’s played his regular shift and done a great job.”

For the first time in the series, the Kings scored the first goal of the game. With 13:21 remaining in the first period, Los Angeles’ Bob Murdoch scored to give the Kings the early lead, yet it would be the Kings’ lone goal of the game.

The Kings’ captain Mike Murphy was disappointed with his team’s performance.

“We let them do whatever they wanted to do all night and they ran all over us.”
1976 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 22, 1976: Kings 4, Boston 3 (OT) Series: 3-3
LOS ANGELES - Mike Corrigan scored two crucial goals and Butch Goring netted the game-winner in overtime as the Los Angeles Kings staved off elimination with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Trailing 3-1, Corrigan scored two goals, the second one coming with 2:12 left in the third period to tie the game. Then, at the 18:28 mark of the overtime period, Goring completed the comeback with a goal that sent the 15,005 in attendance at the Forum into a frenzy.
1976 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 7 April 25, 1976: Boston 3, Kings 0 Series: 3-4
BOSTON - The upstart Los Angeles Kings could not upset the Boston Bruins, falling 3-0 in the final game of the quarterfinals.

“It was a tough game and a tough series,” Boston coach Don Cherry told the Star-News in 1976. “We deserved to win. We were fortunate to have the seventh game at home, but that was what we played for all year.”

Boston’s Jean Ratelle scored the first goal of the game on the man advantage, and then Ken Hodge scored another power-play goal for the Bruins in the same period.

Ratelle scored the final goal of the game in the third period on a long shot that trickled past Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon.

“The Bruins know how to pile up the manpower in front of the nets, and with two or three guys there all the time you can’t get back to stop the rebound from the other side,” Vachon told the Star-News.

With the season now ended, Kings coach Bob Pulford reflected on the season.

“I was proud of my team,” Pulford told the Star-News. “They played hard. They did the best they could. They went out trying.”
1977 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 1 April 5, 1977: Kings 5, Atlanta 2 Series: 1-0
LOS ANGELES - Buoyed by the solid play of Don Kozak, Glenn Goldup and Marcel Dionne, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Atlanta Flames 5-2 in the opening game of the first round of the playoffs before 14,078 at the Forum.

Kings’ rookie Goldup scored just 23 seconds into the game, setting the stage for a first period that ended with a 3-1 Kings advantage.

Yet the Flames trimmed the Kings’ lead to 3-2 with 11:54 remaining in the second period, representing a bit of a letdown on the Kings part.

Just when it seemed as if the Flames were primed to take control of the game, Kozak gave the Kings a lift with goal from the right point to push the lead to 4-2 and essentially end the game.

“We definitely had a letdown and sometimes they send me out there in these situations,” Kozak told the Star-News in 1977. “When we were two goals up on them in the first period we let down. We knew we had to turn it around.”

Goldup would add another goal and Dionne notched three assists to lead the Kings’ offensive attack.

“This definitely was a big win for us,” Kings’ forward Butch Goring told the Star-News. “In a short series like this, you have to win the first game – especially when it’s in your own building – or you’re in trouble.”
1977 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 2 April 7, 1977: Atlanta 3, Kings 2 Series: 1-1
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Flames broke a long streak of losing in the playoffs, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 for the franchise’s first playoff win in the team’s five years of existence.

With the victory, the Flames tied the series at 1-1 with the final game coming in Los Angeles.

Atlanta’s Eric Vail scored his first career goal in the playoffs at an opportune time, giving the Flames a 3-1 lead at the 8:47 mark of the second period.

Los Angeles forward Don Kozak scored a goal six and a half minutes later to trim the lead to 3-2, but Atlanta goaltender Phil Myre, who made 19 saves, shut the door for the remainder of the game.
1977 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 3 April 9, 1977: Kings 4, Atlanta 2 Series: 2-1
LOS ANGELES - Butch Goring scored a hat-trick while Marcel Dionne added a goal in the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-2 victory that eliminated the Atlanta Flames from the playoffs.

“It was big men against little men and this time the little men won,” Goring told the Independent Press-Telegram in 1977. “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.”

Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon was solid between the pipes, stopping 25 of 27 shots he faced.

“We’re glad to be going to Boston,” Vachon told the Independent Press-Telegram.
1977 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 11, 1977: Boston 8, Kings 3 Series: 0-1
BOSTON - After a week layoff, the Boston Bruins came out rested and pounded the Los Angeles Kings 8-3 in the opening game of the quarterfinal series.

The Bruins started the scoring early, racing out to a 5-0 lead in the first period on three goals by Bobby Schmautz, and goals by Brad Park and Gregg Sheppard.

Boston goaltender Gerry Cheevers made 19 saves, while Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon stopped 24 saves.

“I don’t think we should get too excited over tonight’s victory,” Cheevers told the Associated Press in 1977. “I know Rogie and he’s a competitor. He’ll come out big for the next game here Wednesday night.”

Los Angeles coach Bob Pulford was not happy after the game.

“Boston played well, but I don’t think that was a deciding factor,” Pulford told the Associated Press. “It was that we played so badly. We had a complete letdown. It was not just one player. It was 20 players. Obviously, [the Bruins] wanted the game, but we weren’t in it at all. We were completely mentally flat. There are no excuses. We’ll play better.”
1977 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 13, 1977: Boston 6, Kings 2 Series: 0-2
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins continued the offensive onslaught, soundly defeating the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 6-2 to take a 2-0 series advantage in the quarterfinals.

“It’s not what they’re doing,” Kings coach Bob Pulford told the Star-News in 1977. “It’s what we’re not doing.”

What the Kings did not do was prevent another large deficit early in the game. The Bruins scored three goals in the span of three minutes and 39 seconds in the first period to take a 3-0 lead.

“They got those three goals and that hurt us bad,” Pulford told the Star-News. “But the disturbing thing about it is that it discouraged us.”

Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon made 13 saves before being replaced by Gary Simmons for the final period.

Los Angeles’ Tommy Williams and Marcel Dionne each scored goals in the final six minutes of the game to ruin Boston’s Gerry Cheevers bid at a shutout.

With the win, the Bruins pushed their winning streak to seven games and are 17-2-2 in their last 21 games.

“I think we’re playing as good as at any time all season,” Boston coach Don Cherry told the Star-News. “We’ve got lots of life. They surprise me all the time. I expected a letdown, but there was not letdown at all. We’re as sharp as a tack and I hope we can carry it on to L.A.”
1977 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 15, 1977: Boston 7, Kings 6 Series: 0-3
LOS ANGELES - The Boston Bruins scored four goals in the third period to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 7-6 and take a commanding 3-0 advantage in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals.

“We had them 5-3 in the second period and we let them score four goals,” Kings captain Mike Murphy told the Associated Press in 1977. “It was a complete mental letdown on everyone’s part. If we hadn’t let down, they wouldn’t have won. It’s no one individual’s fault. It’s 20 guys.”

The Kings built leads of 3-1 and 5-3 throughout the game, but the Bruins battled back from both of them.

With the game tied 1-1, the Kings took a 3-1 lead in the first period on goals by defenseman Bob Murdoch and forward Butch Goring.

The Bruins would tie the score at 3-3 in the second period on goals by Terry O’Reilly and Donald Marcotte, before the Kings would retake the lead in the same period with goals by Gary Sargent and Tommy Williams.

In the third period, the Bruins outshot the Kings 15-5 en route to taking a 6-5 lead. While Kings forward Marcel Dionne gave the fans some hope with a game-tying goal with 1:53 remaining in the game, Boston’s Stan Jonathan scored the game-winner with 13 seconds left to carry the Bruins to victory.

“I really didn’t know how much time was left in the game,” Jonathan told the Associated Press. “I just shot, and it hit goalie Rogie Vachon in the shoulder and just rolled over his shoulder.”
1977 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 17, 1977: Kings 7, Boston 4 Series: 1-3
LOS ANGELES - Jumpstarted by a record-setting opening shift, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Boston Bruins 7-4 and avoided elimination in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals.

Kings forward Don Kozak scored a record-breaking six seconds into the game to set the tone of the game for the Kings in a win-or-go-home situation for Los Angeles. The previous playoff record was nine seconds by Gordie Howe in 1954.

“Breaking the record was nice, but a good first shift was more important,” Kozak told the Star-News in 1977. “All I wanted to do was set the pace, to get the guys going. After all, we were down 3-0 in this series and a loss would have ended it for us.”

Los Angeles left winger Frank St. Marseille pushed the lead to two goals with a score later in the period, while goals by Butch Goring and Gary Sargent gave the Kings a 4-1 advantage in the second period.

After the Bruins battled back to cut the Kings’ lead to 4-3, Marcel Dionne and Mike Murphy each scored to push the lead to 6-3 in the third period.

The 11 goals scored in the game helped to set the record for the most goals scored in a four-game series with 43. The previous high was 36, set by Boston and St. Louis.

“I’m very proud of the team tonight,” Kings coach Bob Pulford told the Star-News. “After losing twice in Boston and after that disappointing loss here Friday, they showed a lot of pride coming out and playing as hard as they did tonight.”
1977 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 19, 1977: Kings 3, Boston 1 Series: 2-3
BOSTON - Los Angeles goaltender Rogie Vachon turned in a spectacular effort as the Los Angeles Kings won for the second time in a row, this one a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

After dropping the first three games of the series, Vachon kept the Kings alive with 39 saves.

“I felt sharper tonight,” Vachon told the Associated Press in 1977. “I was a lot looser.”

The Kings took the early 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Dave Schultz in the first period, yet Boston tied the game in the second period on a goal by Rick Middleton.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, Boston defenseman Brad Park accidentally gave the Kings a 2-1 lead by putting the puck into an empty net.
1977 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 22, 1977: Boston 4, Kings 3 Series: 2-4
LOS ANGELES - Following two consecutive losses after winning the first three games of the series, the Boston Bruins finally eliminated the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-3 victory.

A year after taking the Bruins to seven games in the playoffs, the Kings fell in six games in the quarterfinals this season.

“I’m very proud of the way we kept coming back,” Kings coach Bob Pulford told the Associated Press in 1977. “We never got discouraged.”

The Bruins got off to a fast start, scoring three goals in a four-minute span in the first period with two goals by Rick Middleton and one by Stan Jonathan.

The Kings tied the game with three goals in the third period on goals by Gary Sargent, Tommy Williams, and Butch Goring.

Yet with seven minutes remaining in the game, Gregg Sheppard scored the game-winning goal, propelling the Bruins to a match-up with the Philadelphia Flyers in the semifinals.

“I’m glad this is over,” Boston coach Don Cherry told the Associated Press.
1978 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 1 April 11, 1978: Toronto 7, Kings 3 Series: 0-1
TORONTO - Toronto center George Ferguson scored three goals in the third period as the Maple Leafs raced past the Los Angeles Kings 7-3 in the opening game of the best-of-three playoff series.

Ferguson scored the first two of his three goals with the Maple Leafs already leading 4-0. After Pete Stemkowski scored the first goal of the game for Los Angeles, Ferguson scored his third goal of the game just 10 seconds later.

Ferguson became the 11th player in NHL history to record a hat trick in one period in the playoffs.
1978 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 2 April 13, 1978: Toronto 4, Kings 0 Series: 0-2
LOS ANGELES - Riding the strong goaltending of Mike Palmateer, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 to win the best-of-three playoff series.

The shutout was Palmateer’s third against the Kings this season. Toronto’s Darryl Sittler scored one goal and assisted on two other ones.

“We’ve never put two games together like this before this year,” Toronto coach Roger Neilson told the Associated Press in 1978. “They’ve never been up like this before.”
1979 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 1 April 10, 1979: NY Rangers 7, Kings 1 Series: 0-1
NEW YORK - New York goaltender John Davidson regained a bit of confidence as he and the Rangers shut down the Los Angeles Kings 7-1 in the opening game of the preliminary round of the playoffs.

While the Kings pounded Davidson with 14 shots in the first period, the Rangers’ goaltender stopped all but one, a goal by Charlie Simmer.

“About half-way through the first period, I think I got my confidence back a little bit,” Davidson told the Associated Press in 1979.

Entering the second period with a 2-1 lead, the Rangers got goals from Steve Vickers, Dave Maloney, Ron Greschner and Walt Tkaczuk to move ahead 6-1.

“I thought (Davidson) saved us,” New York coach Fred Shero told the Associated Press. “The whole team was not so good in the first period. They [the Kings] out bumped us and outplayed us.”
1979 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Three) 
Game 2 April 12, 1979: NY Rangers 2, Kings 1 (OT) Series: 0-2
LOS ANGELES - New York’s Phil Esposito scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in the preliminary playoff round.

Despite playing with a pulled groin, Esposito was able to play the role of hero for the Rangers, breaking a 1-1 tie with a goal at the 6:11 mark of overtime.

“This is as exciting as anything that’s ever happened to me in the past,” Esposito told the United Press International in 1979.

Center Syl Apps gave the Kings an early 1-0 lead with a goal at the 12:29 mark of the first period.

After five failed power play attempts, the Rangers finally broke through with a goal at the 1:11 mark of the third period.