Goalie Mike Smith (#41) of the Arizona Coyotes cools himself off with some water

One Goal Wins It

Andy Andreoff scored the only goal of the game Monday night as LA beat the Coyotes. It was his first NHL goal. And you could see that on the bench after it, he was replaying the moment. Why not? It’s been a...
Center Mike Ribeiro (#63) of the Nashville Predators gets ready to take a face-off

Lesser Lights Dominate for Ducks

The Ducks played Nashville late Sunday afternoon to determine which team would pull ahead of the other in what had been earlier in the day a four-way tie for the top spot in the NHL. The other two clubs...
Luc Robitaille statue outside Staples Center in LA

Pigeons Beware

Hard to believe the following words: some of the greatest living hockey players in the world were in one place on Saturday night. That place was LA. And many of those players were former Kings. Think Gretzky,...
Center Evgeni Malkin (#71) of the Pittsburgh Penguins pivots with the puck

Blame It on Period Two

Pittsburgh was just better for a couple of periods. That’s the story from Anaheim. And they didn’t rely on the guys you’d usually think to get it done. Instead, Patrick Hornqvist scored a pair of goals...
Left Wing Max Pacioretty (#67) of the Montreal Canadiens sits on the boards

Losing the Point

The Montreal Canadiens use the strategy that the LA Kings did in 2011-12, the year they fired their old coach, got a new one, and won their first Stanley Cup. That strategy, suggested by Terry Murray and...
Wildwing from the Anaheim Ducks.

Everything’s Ducky in Anaheim

Goalie matchups make sense when coaching decisions make sense. On Friday, or really, back to Thursday, Darryl Sutter’s choices made no sense. Why play your number one guy (Quick), against a quite likely weak...
Left Wing R.J. Umberger (#18) of the Philadelphia Flyers gets a step on Defenseman Andrej Sekera (#4) of the Carolina Hurricanes

Big on Defense

What’ new in LALALand? The Kings traded away a first-round pick (if they make the playoffs this year) and a prospect (Roland McKeown) for a defenseman to shore up a blueline weakened by suspension (Voynov)...
Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save with his glove

Never Behind the D

The Wings had their Monday night game with Anaheim well in hand. They were ahead by a pair of goals, and they were continuing to dominate the play towards the end of the second period. But then the Ducks came...
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk directs his teammates pr

Hard, Heavy Hockey

The Anaheim Ducks romped through the West of Canada (in a kind of mini way) on the weekend, winning games in Calgary on Friday evening and Edmonton on Saturday. The score in Calgary was 6-3, and the one in...
Steven Stamkos (91) and Valtteri Filppula (51) enjoying themselv

Kings Have Found It

The Kings got some help without even asking for it in the form of Boston beating Calgary Monday night. Wait. That was to be the headline, and when I headed upstairs to the Staples Center pressbox, the Bruins...