Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele. (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Game One Gone

Boudreau’s exits from the playoffs. Winnipeg’s goalie magic. The Ducks’ goalie question mark. These hung over the first game of the Jets-Anaheim series which got off to a start at an Orange-County-unfamil...
LA Kings Captain Dustin Brown. (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Gang Of Losers

“Every single one of us is getting massacred/on a frozen path.” So say the Dears, a Montreal band, in their song, “Gang of Losers.” Sounds a lot like what’s happened to the NHL team in Los Angeles ...
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Ten Crummy Shots

Every time you turn around, the race for the last playoff spot in the West gets tighter. Saturday afternoon, Winnipeg beat Vancouver to sneak ahead of LA. Saturday night, the Kings had Colorado in town off a 4-...
Goalie Reto Berra (#20) of the Colorado Avalanche protects the net

Ducks Slide Toward Playoffs

The Anaheim Ducks have won all they need to at this point. In fact, this was true even before their game versus Colorado on Friday night. But with three games remaining—the Avs, Dallas, and then Arizona—the...
Shot from Boston Bruins right wing Reilly Smith (18) slips past Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens (30)

Enough with the Worry

The moaning about whether the Kings will make the playoffs this year is getting, quite frankly, pretty boring. Even if they don’t have success in the post-season, they, and their fans, have a lot to celebrate...
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 w...
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 knotted...
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, B...
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 af...
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 perfec...