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Hero #30

Sometimes you find things in unlikely places. Like the truth about Rogie Vachon. You could find it in my book, Living the Hockey Dream, or in another one I wrote, Facing Wayne Gretzky. Or you could talk to now-...
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No Streak Here

The Kings are nothing if not streaky. Their record is of winning, or losing, in bunches this year so far. Three losses, four wins, three losses, three wins, four losses (one OT point) and, coming into Saturday,...
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All Too Normal

Most LA Kings fans probably would never believe they could say this, but Thursday night in LA seemed like no big deal, despite the playoffs’ beginning at 7:30pm versus San Jose. I mean, it’s not like the tea...
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Kings Hold off Ducks

Ducks fans aren’t typically an incredibly noisy bunch. That’s not a knock. They just like to enjoy their hockey with a little bit of a demure demeanor. But when the Kings come to town, look out. Take Sunday nig...
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Kings Sign Kopitar, Collapse

The big news in LA, the news that trumps all other news: we finally have a football team. Wait. This is Inside Hockey, so you probably don’t care about that. Me neither. No, it was this: number 11 is now and...
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Toffoli Haunts Predators

For the first week of the season in LA, it looked, in the immortal words of Ernest Thayer, like “there was no joy in Mudville.” Nothing was going right, and the hockey team wasn’t winning. People were starting ...
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 this seaso...
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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 se...
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Kings Start to Right the Ship

Efficiency. Expending only the amount of effort one needs to to get the job done. That’s great if you’re talking about your home AC unit or (if you’re not a car guy) your chariot. But if you’re a hockey team, a...
Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kings Down Hawks

The LA Kings were going to exit Wednesday out of the playoffs no matter what they managed to do against the Chicago Blackhawks. They entered the night at 52 points, three behind Calgary for the West’s last wild...