An Altogether Better Game

The LA Kings are hanging by a thread, not thanks to them, but thanks to their now-archrival, St. Louis, who beat the Ducks in the last minute Friday, then whacked the Islanders on Saturday before the LA-Washing...

Hockey Gods Calling

“Hello, LA Kings? Remember that goal you scored on Thursday by banking it off a Toronto defenseman’s head? We’re taking it back.” That must have been what happened for the Canucks to jump out to a 2-0 lead v...

Flip Flop

You wouldn’t normally think of the Anaheim Ducks and the Toronto Maple Leafs as having much to do with one another. But on Friday night with the Canadian team in town, the crossovers were hard to miss. Mike ...

Quick, Guess Who?

Surprise! They yell it when you enter your front door and a birthday party previously unbeknownst to you is about to commence. They yelled at Staples Center, too, only this wasn’t any birthday party. It was a c...

Is this the Answer?

In the end, it was Jonathan Bernier’s game. He, after all, made the two spectacular saves against the Bruins in Anaheim. They looked like this: In period two, the puck went from goalie’s left to right across...

West Coast Intrigue

The Kings and Ducks are in playoff races, with the latter being much more assured that all will end well than the former. Sunday night, they played each other. Several stories competed for attention while the t...

Barely There

The Kings have come home. After playing nine of ten games away, they have played two at home. Things haven’t gone well. In fact, they didn’t go all that great on the road, either, though during one stretch i...

What’s Right with Colorado?

How easy it must be to be discouraged if you’re Colorado. You’ve lost nine in a row and 19 of 21 (sparing one OT point). You really, really suck on defense. Your primary goalie is out, and the guy you use on th...

Ducks Storm Avs for Win

What are the Anaheim Ducks looking for? Consistency. They’ve obviously been drilled to think that over the past few days, because it’s the message that many of them were reciting in their press interviews early...

Tighter As It Goes

By now you’ve seen the NHL All-Star game, and you know that the Pacific, which looked to be the most loaded squad, lost a narrow decision to the Metropolitan. So close it was that a skate save decided it. Kesle...