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Playoff Games - 1990s
1990 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 4, 1990: Kings 5, Calgary 3 Series: 1-0

CALGARY - Minus Wayne Gretzky, the Los Angeles Kings still managed to defeat the Calgary Flames 5-3 in the opening game of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Trailing 3-1 in the third period, the Kings scored four times in the final frame to win for the first time at the Saddledome in the playoffs. Two of the goals came on the power play and were a part of three Los Angeles goals which were scored in a six minute span.

“It feels really good to win,” Los Angeles’ Luc Robitaille told the Canadian Press in 1990. “We showed we can be a team. We played disciplined and everyone gave 100 per cent.”

Todd Elik and Tony Granato scored for the Kings on the power play in the third period as the 19,172 crowd fell silent.

“We’re trying to figure it out,” Calgary’s Al MacInnis told the Canadian Press in 1990. “All we had to do was play the way we have for the second half of the season.”

Gretzky missed his first playoff game in 10 years with a back injury.

1990 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 6, 1990: Calgary 8, Kings 5 Series: 1-1

CALGARY - While the Los Angeles Kings were able to overcome the absence of Wayne Gretzky in the first game, they were unable to a second time as the Calgary Flames defeated the Kings 8-5 to even the Smythe Division semifinals at a game apiece.

Calgary’s Doug Gilmour led the charge for the Flames, scoring two goals and notching one assist.

Calgary also got goals from Joe Nieuwendyk, Joey Mullen, Gary Roberts, Joel Otto, Dana Murzyn and Jim Korn.

For the Kings, Luc Robitaille scored twice, while Marty McSorley, Larry Robinson and Dave Taylor each scored.

1990 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 8, 1990: Kings 2, Calgary 1 (OT) Series: 2-1

LOS ANGELES - Tony Granato scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Wayne Gretzky returned to action in the Los Angeles Kings’ 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

At the 8:37 mark of the overtime period, Granato beat Calgary goaltender Mike Vernon to give the Kings a 2-1 series lead over the Flames.

“It was a great hockey game to be involved in,” Granato told the Associated Press in 1990.

Gretzky returned for the Kings and promptly assisted on a goal by Tomas Sandstrom to give the Kings a 1-0 lead in the second period.

“It felt OK,” Gretzky told the Associated Press. “Once the adrenalin got flowing it pumped me up and I got excited. I didn’t get tired out there and my back didn’t stiffen up on the bench. It’s sore now, but it didn’t bother me that much.”

1990 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 10, 1990: Kings 12, Calgary 4 Series: 3-1

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles’ Dave Taylor, Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato each notched hat-tricks as the Kings pummeled the Calgary Flames 12-4.

In addition to the three hat-tricks, Wayne Gretzky added one goal and four assists as the Kings moved to within one game of eliminating the Flames from the playoffs.

The Gretzky-Sandstrom-Granato line proved to be particularly potent, as it produced 15 points.           

1990 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 12, 1990: Calgary 5, Kings 1 Series: 3-2

CALGARY - Defenseman Ric Nattress came up clutch for the Calgary Flames, scoring two goals in the Flames’ 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to stave off elimination.

Despite scoring just one goal in the regular season, Nattress scored twice for the Flames. Joe Nieuwendyk also had a power-play goal and three assists for Calgary as the Flames out-shot the Kings 35-19.

Rob Blake was the lone scorer for the Kings, spoiling the shutout bid of Calgary goaltender Mike Vernon.

“We were all afraid of what might happen,” Nieuwendyk told the Associated Press in 1990. “The guys were quiet, not saying anything. We knew it was going to be tough, but we showed a lot of composure.”        

1990 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 14, 1990: Kings 4, Calgary 3 (2 OT) Series: 4-2

LOS ANGELES - After disappointing in the regular season, the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Calgary Flames with a 4-3 overtime victory.

Los Angeles’ Mike Krushelnyski dealt the crushing blow with a goal 3:14 into the second overtime.

“This was a big win for our team,” Krushelnyski told the Associated Press in 1990. “We executed well, we stuck with our game plan and went on top.”    

1990 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 18, 1990: Edmonton 7, Kings 0 Series: 0-1

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers used a combination of potent offense and solid goaltending to rout the Los Angeles Kings 7-0 in the opening game of the Smythe Division finals.

“We played very well,” Edmonton coach John Muckler told the Canadian Press in 1990. “I know L.A.’s going to play better. Maybe coming up from L.A. and coming into Edmonton, where the air is a little bit thinner, that might have hurt them a little bit.”

The Oilers were led offensively by Esa Tikkanen’s two goals, while goaltender Bill Ranford notched his first career playoff shutout by stopping all 25 shots.

“The shutout means absolutely nothing,” Ranford told the Associated Press. “Just the win is all that matters, and I think that’s all that matters to everybody. We were able to relax for a change for the last 10 minutes of the game.”  

1990 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 20, 1990: Edmonton 6, Kings 1 Series: 0-2

EDMONTON - Edmonton goaltender Bill Ranford continued his solid play as the Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-1 to take a 2-0 series lead in the Smythe Division finals.

One game after achieving his first career shutout in the playoffs, Ranford made 34 saves.

“You go stretches where you wonder when you’re going to stop one, so you never take it for granted,” Ranford told the Canadian Press in 1990. “All I’m trying to do is stop the puck out there. That’s our main goal – just to keep the puck out of our net.”

After Los Angeles’ Chris Kontos scored at the 3:54 mark of the third period, it ended a scoreless streak by Ranford that stretched a total of 154 minutes and 24 seconds. That streak passed Andy Moog’s streak of 92 minutes and 42 seconds for the Oilers’ franchise record in the playoffs.

“But all that matters is we got a win,” Ranford told the Canadian Press. “The personal things, you think about that at the end of the season.”

While the Kings trailed just 2-1 in the third period, a goal on a two-man advantage by Jari Kurri sparked a run that put the game away. 

1990 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 22, 1990: Edmonton 5, Kings 4 Series: 0-3

LOS ANGELES - The Edmonton Oilers battled back from an early deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4.

The Oilers trailed 3-1 after the first period, yet got four goals from four different players in the second period to erase the deficit.

“That’s what you could call gamebreakers,” Edmonton coach John Muckler told the Associated Press in 1990. “You can’t win the Stanley Cup without gamebreakers.”

Despite being outshot by the Kings 39-18, the Oilers scored their five goals on their first 10 shots.

“We were very opportunistic,” Edmonton’s Craig Simpson told the Associated Press. “We definitely have to get more shots. We were fortunate to come out with a win with that many shots. But when we did get a break or a chance, we buried them.”

Los Angeles’ Larry Robinson and Todd Elik scored 11 seconds apart from one another in the final minute of the first period to break a 1-1 tie and give the Kings a two-goal lead. The two goals were a Kings’ franchise record for fastest goals in the playoffs.

1990 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 24, 1990: Edmonton 6, Kings 5 (OT) Series: 0-4

LOS ANGELES - Edmonton’s Joe Murphy scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-5 to complete a sweep in the Smythe Division finals.

For the sixth time in eight years, the Oilers won the Smythe Division, this time thanks to Murphy’s goal at the 4:32 mark of overtime.

Edmonton’s Esa Tikkanen scored from a difficult angle with 2:55 remaining in the third period to tie the game and force overtime.

In the second period the Oilers held a 4-1 advantage, yet the Kings fought back to take the lead on four consecutive goals by Bob Kudelski, Luc Robitaille, Mike Krushelnyski and Mike Allison.

1991 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 4, 1991: Vancouver 6, Kings 5 Series: 0-1

LOS ANGELES - The Vancouver Canucks notched an upset victory on the road, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-5 to open the playoffs.

Despite having the lowest point total in the regular season of any playoff team with 65, the Canucks were able to gain a crucial victory in the opening game.

“Sometimes when you play the first game at home you get a little overconfident,” Vancouver’s Geoff Courtnall told the Associated Press in 1991. “Maybe you play a little bit lighter than normal.”

Courtnall proved to be huge for the Canucks as he scored three goals and assisted Cliff Ronning’s game-winning goal with 2:31 left in the third period. Trailing 5-3, Courtnall tied the game with two goals in the third period.

“We’re not the Kings, we know that,” Vancouver goaltender Troy Gamble told the Associated Press. “For us, it’s like fighting Mike Tyson or something. You look out there and see Wayne Gretzky and then look at our guys and it looks like we’re outclassed.”

1991 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 6, 1991: Kings 3, Vancouver 2 (OT) Series: 1-1

LOS ANGELES - Wayne Gretzky scored 11:08 into overtime, as Los Angeles rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second period to win 3-2 and even the series at 1-1. Tom Kurvers beat Kelly Hrudey 10:35 into the first on a power play, giving the surprising Canucks, who had stolen home ice advantage with their 6-5 win over LA in Game 1, a 1-0 lead. Cliff Ronning padded the lead just 31 seconds into the second period and LA was trailing 2-0 and staring a possible 2-0 series deficit in the eyes as the scene would shift to Vancouver for Game No. 3. Rob Blake than halved the lead with a power play goal at 2:47 in the second period before Luc Robitaille tied the scored 3:13 into the third period setting up Gretzky's heroics. Hrudey made 32-of-34 stops while Troy Gamble stopped 37-of-40 in the loss.

1991 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 8, 1991: Vancouver 2, Kings 1 (OT) Series: 1-2

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks continued their surprising series against the Los Angeles Kings, notching a 2-1 win in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Cliff Ronning, a Vancouver native, scored the game-winner at 3:12 of overtime to notch his second game-winning goal of the series.

“We’re sick of losing,” Ronning told the Associated Press in 1991. “This organization has gotten too used to losing. We’re sick of it.”

For the Kings, Wayne Gretzky tied Jari Kurri for the NHL record with his 92nd career goal in the Stanley Cup finals. However, the Kings were out-shot by the Canucks 6-0 in overtime.

1991 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 10, 1991: Kings 6, Vancouver 1 Series: 2-2

VANCOUVER - Wayne Gretzky scored his record-setting 93rd playoff goal and assisted on another as Los Angeles beat Vancouver 6-1. Gretzky's historic goal, on a power play in the first period proved to be the winner, giving LA a 2-1 lead. Tony Granato, Steve Kasper, Dave Taylor, Mike Donnelly and Steve Duchesne also scored for the Kings against Vancouver goalie Kirk McLean. Duchesne's goal in the third period came on a penalty shot after Cliff Ronning threw his stick at the puck carrier. Ronning, with his fifth goal of the series, was the only Vancouver player to beat Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey.

1991 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 12, 1991: Kings 7, Vancouver 4 Series: 3-2

LOS ANGELES - Luc Robitaille scored two power-play goals as Los Angeles' offense picked up where it left off in Game 4 and the Kings beat the Canucks. Los Angeles scored three straight goals in the second period to erase a 4-3 deficit. The Kings pelted Vancouver goalie Troy Gamble with 38 shots to the Canucks' 33. Skating with a sixth attacker during a delayed penalty, the Kings broke a 4-4 tie at 13:27 of the second period on a goal by Brad Jones, which turned out to be the game winner. Five goals were scored in a wild first period, starting with Jyrki Lumme, his first of two on the night, with a short handed goal to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead. On that same power play, Robitaille quickly matched Lumme's effort knotting the game at one. Cliff Ronning then put Vancouver up but Robitaille tallied his second to tie the game to again tie the score. Mike Donnelly lit the lamp with less than a minute remaining in the period for a 3-2 lead entering the second. Lumme scored his second to tie the game before defenseman Gerald Diduck scored to take a short lived 4-3 lead that was buried by LA's three unanswered goals. Bob Kudelski scored in the third to complete the scoring.

1991 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 14, 1991: Kings 4, Vancouver 1 Series: 4-2

VANCOUVER - Los Angeles’ Dave Taylor gave the Kings the lead for good as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 in the Smythe Division semifinals.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the third period, Taylor gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with a goal at 12:11 of the final frame.

Defenseman Tom Kurvers scored the lone goal for the Canucks.

1991 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 19, 1991: Kings 4, Edmonton 3 (OT) Series: 1-0

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings ended a nine-year playoff drought in the second round with a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Even more satisfying for the Kings was that it came against the Oilers, the team which eliminated Los Angeles in the second round last season.

“I think from our point of view, it was imperative that we not get down 1-0, especially with them coming off such a tough seven-game series,” Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky told the Associated Press in 1991. “Los Angeles 4-0 for two straight years was a big psychological barrier we had to overcome.”

1991 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 20, 1991: Edmonton 4, Kings 3 Series: 1-1

LOS ANGELES - Edmonton’s Petr Klima tied the Smythe Division finals series, scoring an overtime goal that gave the Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Klima deflected a shot from Esa Tikkanen to score the game-winner at 4:48 of overtime.

Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky almost won it for the Kings twice but missed on both chances close to the goal in overtime.

1991 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 22, 1991: Edmonton 4, Kings 3 (2 OT) Series: 1-2

EDMONTON - The Los Angeles Kings could not overcome the absence of Wayne Gretzky as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in double-overtime to fall behind in the Smythe Division finals.

“It’s unfortunate that we lost, but out of a loss sometimes a lot of great things happen,” Kings coach Tom Webster told the Associated Press in 1991.

Gretzky was hit in the left ear on a shot by teammate Steve Duchesne and was forced to leave the game in the first period.

Edmonton’s Esa Tikkanen scored just 48 seconds into the second overtime to give the Oilers the victory.

The Oilers had to come from behind twice in the third period to force the overtime period.

1991 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 24, 1991: Edmonton 4, Kings 2 Series: 1-3

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers rode the strong play of goaltender Grant Fuhr to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to move within one game of eliminating the Kings.

Fuhr stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced as the Oilers out-shot the Kings 30-28.

“It was very important for us to win,” Edmonton coach John Muckler told the Associated Press in 1991. “We’re in the driver’s seat now but it’ll be a tough game in L.A. They are not going to lay down and quit.”

The Oilers built a 3-1 lead in the first period after goals by Joe Murphy and Martin Gelinas broke a 1-1 tie.

“After it was 3-1 [the Oilers] played very well and we didn’t,” Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky told the Associated Press. “We had four really good one-on-one chances against Fuhr in the second and he came up with the big saves.”

1991 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 26, 1991: Kings 5, Edmonton 2 Series: 2-3

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings staved off elimination for at least one more day, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 to remain alive in the Smythe Division finals.

Luc Robitaille notched a hat-trick, and in the process set a Kings’ record for goals in a playoff series with 11, passing Chris Kontos’ nine two seasons ago.

Robitaille scored twice in the first period to give the Kings a 3-1 lead, and added another one in the second period to put the Kings up by three goals.

1991 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 28, 1991: Edmonton 4, Kings 3 (OT) Series: 2-4

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers secured another overtime victory, this one a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings to win the Smythe Division.

Edmonton’s Craig MacTavish scored the game-winner with 3:03 remaining in the overtime period to give the Oilers another playoff series win over the Kings.

“It was a huge goal for us, to win four out of five overtime games,” MacTavish told the Associated Press in 1991. “It was a great play by Craig Simpson to keep the puck in. He got it to Petr Klima, who got it over to me. We didn’t want to go to seven games again.”

The Kings moved ahead of the Oilers 3-2 in the third period on a goal by Mike Donnelly, yet Edmonton’s Esa Tikkanen tied the game at 12:38 of the final period to force overtime.

“I don’t know if there’s a better playoff team than Edmonton,” Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky told the Associated Press. “We came so close. I think the next two teams that play them will have a tough time.”

1992 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 18, 1992: Edmonton 3, Kings 1 Series: 0-1

LOS ANGELES - The Edmonton Oilers overcame injuries to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in the opening game of their playoff series.

Edmonton defenseman Brian Glynn scored twice for the Oilers as they killed all nine Los Angeles power plays, including five in the third period.

The Oilers took a 3-0 lead before Rob Blake scored the lone goal for the Kings.

1992 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 20, 1992: Kings 8, Edmonton 5 Series: 1-1

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings received a great deal of help from ex-Oilers in the team’s 8-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers to tie the Smythe Division semifinal series.

Former Oilers players – Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Marty McSorley, Charlie Huddy and Jari Kurri – combined for five goals and nine assists. Gretzky had four of those assists, including setting up Kurri’s 93rd career playoff goal, tying him with Gretzky for the NHL record.

1992 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 22, 1992: Edmonton 4, Kings 3 Series: 1-2

EDMONTON - Bernie Nicholls burned his former team, scoring the game-winning goal in the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings that gave them an advantage in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Nicholls, a former Kings player, scored the game-winner with 7:23 remaining in the game to give the Oilers an advantage in the series for the second time. With the goal, Nicholls set an Oilers record with his fourth power-play goal of the series.

The Kings took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Dave Taylor and Jay Miller, before Nicholls scored at 14:53 to pull the Oilers to within one.

After Vince Damphousse tied the game at 2-2, Luc Robitaille scored his first goal of the series to give the Kings a 3-2 lead.

In the third period, Joe Murphy tied the game at 3-3, setting the stage for Nicholls heroics.

1992 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 24, 1992: Kings 4, Edmonton 3 Series: 2-2

EDMONTON - Los Angeles’ Paul Coffey scored two goals in the Kings’ 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers which even the Smythe Division semifinals series.

“I’ve never seen a team in my life that blocks shots like that Edmonton team,” Coffey told the Associated Press in 1992. “Man, those guys are nuts, they’re blocking them all the time.”

Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Coffey scored consecutive goals to give the Kings a 3-2 lead. Shortly after that, Luc Robitaille scored to push Los Angeles’ lead to 4-2.

“We weren’t down,” Coffey told the Associated Press. “We’ve got enough guys who have won in this dressing room. You know you’ve got to keep going at ‘em, keep going at ‘em.”

1992 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 26, 1992: Edmonton 5, Kings 2 Series: 2-3

LOS ANGELES - Esa Tikkanen scored three goals as the Edmonton Oilers came back to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 and move to within one game of securing a series win in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Tikkanen scored two of his three goals in the third period, part of four Edmonton goals scored in the final frame.

With the game tied 2-2, Tikkanen scored with 6:23 remaining to give the Oilers the lead. With 1:15 remaining, Tikkanen completed his hat-trick.

Despite being out-shot 44-25, the Oilers were able to stay in the game thanks to the 42 saves by goaltender Bill Ranford.

1992 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 29, 1992: Edmonton 3, Kings 0 Series: 2-4

EDMONTON - Despite having the largest salary in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings were eliminated from the playoffs yet again by the Edmonton Oilers, this time thanks to a 3-0 defeat.

“There’s no sense pointing fingers right now,” Kings coach Tom Webster told the Associated Press in 1992. “You have to sit back, you have to take a good look at our whole year. It’s been a year of a great deal of adversity. We have to assess every situation. Now’s just not a finger-pointing time.”

Edmonton goaltender Bill Ranford proved to be solid yet again, stopping all of Los Angeles’ 26 shots.

Edmonton’s Josef Berenak gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead just 1:39 into the game, and Joe Murphy scored near the end of the first period to stretch Edmonton’s lead to 2-0.

1993 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 11, 1993: Kings 6, Calgary 3 Series: 1-0

CALGARY - Los Angeles rookie Darryl Sydor scored a goal and assisted on another as the Kings defeated the Calgary Flames 6-3 in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Sydor scored the game’s first goal just 16 seconds into the game, and assisted on one of Jimmy Carson’s two goals.

“Calgary got focused down low and it just gave me a hole to jump into,” Sydor told the Associated Press in 1993.

The Kings gained a bit of breathing room in the second period, scoring three goals in the period, including two in the span of 24 seconds.

“It’s a big game,” Calgary coach Dave King told the Associated Press. “They score in 16 seconds and you’re even more tense. It wasn’t the type of scenario we wanted to see unfold, but we’ve got to bounce back.”

1993 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 21, 1993: Calgary 9, Kings 4 Series: 1-1

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames bounced back to even the Smythe Division semifinals series with a 9-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Calgary’s Joel Otto and Robert Reichel were a big reason why the Flames were able to bounce back as each scored two goals in the game.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Flames used a five-goal second period to take the lead and put the game away.

Jimmy Carson scored two goals, while Jari Kurri and Warren Rychel each scored a goal for the Kings.

1993 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 24, 1993: Calgary 5, Kings 2 Series: 1-2

LOS ANGELES - The Calgary Flames set the tone early, using a solid first period en route to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

With the victory, the Flames moved ahead in the Smythe Division semifinal series.

The Flames scored twice in the opening period to take an early 2-0 lead that they would never relinquish.

Calgary out-shot Los Angeles 30-24.

1993 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 25, 1993: Kings 3, Calgary 1 Series: 2-2

LOS ANGELES - Thanks to a clutch goal by a rookie and an empty-net goal, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1 to even the Smythe Division semifinals at two games apiece.

Rookie Warren Rychel broke a 1-1 tie at the 4:48 mark of the second period to give the Kings the lead for good.

Pat Conacher put the game away with an empty-net goal in the third period.

1993 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 27, 1993: Kings 9, Calgary 4 Series: 3-2

CALGARY - Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky came up big for Los Angeles as the Kings soundly defeated the Calgary Flames 9-4 to move ahead in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Robitaille scored twice while Gretzky had a goal and three assists as the Kings won their second consecutive game in the series.

Los Angeles rookie goaltender Robb Stauber had a solid game for the Kings, making 40 saves. For Calgary, Jeff Reese started in goal and made 16 saves, yet was replaced by Mike Vernon, who made 10 saves.

1993 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 29, 1993: Kings 9, Calgary 6 Series: 4-2

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings scored nine goals for the consecutive game, this one a 9-6 victory which eliminated the Calgary Flames.

Rob Blake scored the go-ahead goal for the Kings in the second period off a pass from Wayne Gretzky, who also scored a goal.

1993 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 May 2, 1993: Vancouver 5, Kings 2 Series: 0-1

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks got goals from three defensemen on the way to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the opening game of the Smythe Division finals.

Defensemen Dana Murzyn, Gerald Diduck and Dave Babych each scored a goal for the Canucks.

“We were keyed up to get to the loose pucks and head to open ice,” Diduck told the Associated Press in 1993. “I don’t know how well we played defensively, but we were pretty good getting into the offense.”

Wayne Gretzky and Mike Donnelly scored for the Kings.

1993 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 May 5, 1993: Kings 6, Vancouver 3 Series: 1-1

VANCOUVER - Wayne Gretzky led a spirited charge from Los Angeles in the Kings’ 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the Smythe Division finals.

Gretzky scored a goal and notched two assists as the Kings rebounded from a loss in the opening game to tie the series.

The Kings took control of the game early, scoring three goals in the first period.

1993 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 May 7, 1993: Kings 7, Vancouver 4 Series: 2-1

LOS ANGELES - Wayne Gretzky continued his torrid start to the Smythe Division finals, scoring twice to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 7-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

The two goals were Gretzky’s record 100th and 101st playoff goals.

After trailing 2-1, the Kings scored four consecutive goals, the last of which was one of Gretzky’s, to take a 5-2 lead in the third period. With the goals, Gretzky extended his goal-scoring streak to five games.

1993 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 May 9, 1993: Vancouver 7, Kings 2 Series: 2-2

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings continued to struggle keeping pucks out of the net as they fell 7-2 to the Vancouver Canucks in the Smythe Division finals.

Vancouver’s Gerald Diduck and Geoff Courtnall each had one goal and two assists as the Canucks evened the series at two games apiece.

Trailing 2-1 in the second period, Vancouver’s Petr Nedved scored to tie the game and spark a run of six consecutive Vancouver goals that put the game out of reach.

For the Kings, Luc Robitaille and Tomas Sandstrom scored, both of which were assisted by Wayne Gretzky.

1993 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 May 12, 1993: Kings 4, Vancouver 3 (2 OT) Series: 3-2

VANCOUVER - The Los Angeles Kings pushed the Vancouver Canucks to the brink of elimination with a thrilling 4-3 victory in double-overtime in the Smythe Division finals.

Los Angeles’ Gary Shuchuk scored the game-winner at the 6:31 mark off assists by Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri.

“We believe in ourselves, we believe in our system and we believe in our coaches,” Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky told the Canadian Press in 1993. “Fortunately, we’re lucky right now, up 3-2, and the toughest game of the series coming up.”

For the Canucks, their backs are up against the wall.

“We face the ultimate test,” Vancouver assistant coach Ron Wilson told the Associated Press. “The pressure will be on us, but in other games of similar magnitude, we’ve come up with great performances.”

1993 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 May 13, 1993: Kings 5, Vancouver 3 Series: 4-2

LOS ANGELES - After being held pointless in the previous game, Wayne Gretzky came through in a big way as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 to win the Smythe Division finals series.

Gretzky scored a goal, his 103rd career in the playoffs, and assisted on two others.

The Kings booked their first appearance in the Campbell Conference final in the franchise’s history thanks in large part to a stretch in which they scored four consecutive goals.

1993 Campbell Conference Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 May 17, 1993: Toronto 4, Kings 1 Series: 0-1

TORONTO - Toronto’s Doug Gilmour had a hand in every goal as the Maple Leafs defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in the opening game of the Campbell Conference final.

Gilmour scored two goals of his own while assisting on goals by Glenn Anderson and Bill Berg.

After two periods it was a close game as Gilmour scored his first goal in the first period and Pat Conacher scored for the Kings in the second period to make it a 1-1 game.

However, the Maple Leafs out-shot the Kings 22-1 in the third period to take complete control of the game.

1993 Campbell Conference Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 May 19, 1993: Kings 3, Toronto 2 Series: 1-1

TORONTO - The Los Angeles Kings refused to have another collapse in the third period and held on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 to even the Campbell Conference finals series.

After being outplayed in the third period in Game 1, the Kings were able to shutout the Maple Leafs in the final period in Game 2.

“We weren’t happy with our third period the other night and we talked about that before going out for the third tonight,” Kings coach Barry Melrose told the Associated Press in 1993. “We wanted to show them how we play. They haven’t seen us play the way we can, but a lot of that has to do with Toronto. They’re big and strong and plug up the holes.”

Entering the third period tied 2-2, Tomas Sandstrom scored the game-winner for the Kings with 7:40 left in the game.

“I just tried to hit the net,” Sandstrom told the Associated Press. “Sometimes you don’t have time to think. You just try to do what comes by instinct.”

Mike Donnelly and Tony Granato scored the other goals for the Kings, while Doug Gilmour and Glenn Anderson scored for the Maple Leafs.

1993 Campbell Conference Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 May 21, 1993: Kings 4, Toronto 2 Series: 2-1

LOS ANGELES - Dave Taylor and Jari Kurri took advantage of opportunities as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 to take a 2-1 advantage in the Campbell Conference finals.

Taylor and Kurri each scored short-handed goals to lift the Kings to victory.

After the Maple Leafs erased a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, Alexei Zhitnik and Taylor scored to regain the lead for good.

1993 Campbell Conference Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 May 24, 1993: Toronto 4, Kings 2 Series: 2-2

LOS ANGELES - The Toronto Maple Leafs rode the strength of a strong first period to take control of the game and defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 to even the series in the Campbell Conference finals.

Toronto scored three times in the opening period before adding another in the second period to take a 4-1 lead.

Wayne Gretzky and Rob Blake scored for the Kings, who look to continue a stretch in which they have won five of their last eight road games.

“To win the Stanley Cup we’re not going to have home-ice advantage in any series, so we don’t have to worry about it,” Kings coach Barry Melrose told the Associated Press in 1993. “We won twice in Vancouver and twice in Calgary, so we’ll go into Toronto and win twice.”

1993 Campbell Conference Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 May 25, 1993: Toronto 3, Kings 2 (OT) Series: 2-3

TORONTO - Glenn Anderson propelled the Toronto Maple Leafs to within a game of the Stanley Cup finals with a game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in overtime.

Anderson scored with 39.4 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 series advantage in the Campbell Conference finals.

Following a scoreless first period, Gary Shuchuk and Jari Kurri put the Kings ahead 2-0 with second period goals. However, Mike Krushelnyski added a goal before the end of the period, and Sylvain Lefebvre tied the game with a goal in the third period.

1993 Campbell Conference Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 May 27, 1993: Kings 5, Toronto 4 (OT) Series: 3-3

LOS ANGELES - Wayne Gretzky prolonged the season for the Los Angeles Kings for at least one more day, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of the Kings’ 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the goal at the 1:41 mark of overtime, Gretzky evened the Campbell Conference finals series and forced a Game 7. The goal was the fourth power-play goal of the game for the Kings.

The Maple Leafs had to stage a comeback to force overtime. Entering the third period trailing 4-2, Toronto’s Wendel Clark scored twice in the final 20 minutes to force the extra session.

1993 Campbell Conference Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 7 May 29, 1993: Kings 5, Toronto 4 Series: 4-3

TORONTO - Thanks in large part to the brilliant play of Wayne Gretzky, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 to advance to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup finals.

Gretzky notched his record eighth hat-trick in the playoffs, and added an assist as well.

“I’ve played 14 years in this league and I didn’t want to be remembered as a guy who didn’t play well in the Stanley Cup semifinals in Toronto,” Gretzky told the Associated Press in 1993. “I don’t think I’ve ever had this much personal satisfaction from winning a series.”

Los Angeles’ Mike Donnelly broke a 3-3 tie with a goal at 16:09 of the third period before Gretzky scored his final goal at 16:46 to give the Kings a 5-3 lead.

Kings coach Barry Melrose had some words of praise for Gretzky following the game.

“He’s the greatest player in the game and people who say he isn’t are nuts,” Melrose told the Associated Press.

1993 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 June 1, 1993: Kings 4, Montreal 1 Series: 1-0

MONTREAL - Hometown hero Luc Robitaille scored two goals to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in the opening game of the Stanley Cup finals.

“We came out and played really hard,” Robitaille told the Canadian Press in 1993. “We got lucky and got a power play right away and scored. Anytime you get a lead, especially in the first game, it’s hard for the other team to come back. Then we just kept going and kept going.”

Robitaille’s second goal broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and gave the Kings the lead for good. Jari Kurri and Wayne Gretzky added insurance goals in the third period.

“We did the simple things tonight, getting the puck in (to the Montreal zone) and forechecking,” Gretzky told the Canadian Press. “I think maybe our experience came through for us.”

1993 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 June 3, 1993: Montreal 3, Kings 2 (OT) Series: 1-1

MONTREAL - Montreal’s Eric Desjardins scored all three goals as the Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime to even the Stanley Cup finals at a game apiece.

Desjardins final goal came 51 seconds into overtime and gave the Canadiens a huge win.

“You don’t even dream about something like this,” Desjardins told the Associated Press in 1993. “But the fact that I scored three doesn’t compare with winning the game.”

After Pat Conacher gave the Kings a 2-1 lead 8:32 into the third period, Los Angeles’ Marty McSorley was given a two-minute penalty for an illegal stick. The Canadiens then pulled their goalie to have a two-man advantage, which worked to perfection when Desjardins scored late in the third period.

“We were dead, we didn’t have a chance, so we had to do it,” Desjardins told the Associated Press. “We noticed that two of their players had illegal sticks.”

1993 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 June 5, 1993: Montreal 4, Kings 3 (OT) Series: 1-2

LOS ANGELES - The Montreal Canadiens won their second consecutive overtime game, this one a 4-3 decision, as they took a series lead over the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup finals.

Montreal’s John LeClair scored just 34 seconds into the overtime period to give the Canadiens a ninth overtime win in the playoffs, an NHL record.

The Canadiens built a 3-0 lead in the second period on goals by Brian Bellows, Gilbert Dionne and Mathieu Schneider.

However Luc Robitaille, Tony Granato and Wayne Gretzky each scored before the second period was over to tie the game.

1993 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 June 7, 1993: Montreal 3, Kings 2 (OT) Series: 1-3

LOS ANGELES - For the second consecutive game, John LeClair scored in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a victory. This one was a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings to move within one game of winning the Stanley Cup.

LeClair’s goal came 14:37 into the overtime period to break the hearts of the Kings and their fans for the second game in row.

Montreal built an early 2-0 lead but the Kings battled back to tie it on second period goals by Mike Donnelly and Marty McSorley.

The Kings out-shot the Canadiens 42-39.

1993 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 June 9, 1993: Montreal 4, Kings 1 Series: 1-4

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens didn’t need overtime to clinch their 24th Stanley Cup, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in regulation.

“I’m proud of every guy on this team,” Montreal goaltender Patrick Roy told the Associated Press in 1993.

Montreal’s Paul Dipietro scored twice while Kirk Muller and Stephan Lebeau rounded out the scoring for the Canadiens.

Marty McSorley scored the lone goal for the Kings in the second period.

“I didn’t want to be on the Montreal team that didn’t win it all,” Muller told the Associated Press. “There’s a lot of tradition here.”

1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 23, 1998: St. Louis 8, Kings 3 Series: 0-1

ST. LOUIS - Pavol Demitra, Jim Campbell and Pierre Turgeon each scored twice as the St. Louis Blues pounded the Los Angeles Kings 8-3 in the opening game of the playoffs.

Playing in the postseason for the first time since falling to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup finals in 1993, the Kings did not look ready to play against the Blues as they were out-shot 40-27.

Luc Robitaille, Glen Murray and Craig Johnson each scored one goal for the Kings.

Grant Fuhr made 24 saves for the Blues, while the Kings used two goaltenders. Stephane Fiset made 22 saves while Jamie Storr made 10 saves.

1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 25, 1998: St. Louis 2, Kings 1 Series: 0-2

ST. LOUIS - Jim Campbell and Chris Pronger each scored a goal as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 to move two games ahead in their playoff series.

Glen Murray scored the lone goal for the Kings in a game that did not feature the high-scoring theatrics which the first one had.

Grant Fuhr stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced, while Jamie Storr made 25 saves for the Kings.

1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 27, 1998: St. Louis 4, Kings 3 Series: 0-3

LOS ANGELES - A change of location did not alter the fate for the Los Angeles Kings as they fell to the St. Louis by a final score of 4-3.

The Kings now sit on the verge of elimination.

Four different players – Brett Hull, Pascal Rheaume, Pierre Turgeon and Terry Yake – scored for the Blues.

Ian Laperriere, Sean O’Donnell and Yanic Perreault scored for the Kings as they were out-shot by the Blues 37-28.

Grant Fuhr continued his strong play, stopping 25 of 28 shots. Jamie Storr made 33 saves for the Kings.

1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 29, 1998: St. Louis 2, Kings 1 Series: 0-4

LOS ANGELES - Pavol Demitra scored his second goal of the series as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 to complete a four-game sweep.

Craig Conroy added the other goal for the Blues, while Jozef Stumpel scored the lone goal for the Kings.

Both goaltenders posted impressive numbers. St. Louis’ Grant Fuhr stopped 29 of 30 shots, while Stephane Fiset made 32 saves for the Kings.