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Boyle’s Dad asked Lombardi to trade Brian back East

Really interesting article in the New York Post on Rangers’ leading playoff goal-scorer Brian Boyle. You need to read the whole thing, but here’s the best part: Rangers aren’t only big team for Boyle – NYPOST.com One by one, the proud father of Rangers hero Brian Boyle runs down the names and ages of his…

Ken Hitchcock on Parity; Me on old arenas

From Pierre LeBrun: Competitive balance has taken the National Hockey League to new heights – ESPN “To me, there’s nine teams in each conference that are so close that I think that’s why you see these lower seeds going like hell right now,” Hitchcock said. “I honestly believe they think they can win the Cup.…

Darryl Sutter vs. Yogi Berra

I think the toughest part of winning, when you have four-out-of-seven (series), is the first game. Then the second game gets tougher. Then the third game gets tougher. Then the fourth game gets tougher. via Sutter postgame quotes (April 15) « LA Kings Insider. The first game is the toughest, until the second game? I’m…

Playoff Roundelay: Kings East and Flyers West both up 3-0

And neither series is over, of course, but the dream of a Kings-Flyers cup final, as ridiculously premature that is even to speak out loud, lives to fight another day. I’ll say it again: Kings Flyers Cup Final I’m not saying because I think it’s going to happen. What am I, an idiot? I’m saying…

I hate home ice!

I was going to write a long, involved diatribe against home ice “advantage”, especially home ice advantage where the Los Angeles Kings are concerned, conjuring multiple convoluted algorithms rendered in colorful charts of breathtaking profundity. But instead I played NHL 12 with my son. (He won.) I’ll work on the charts after tonight’s game.  

Wait – you’re saying there’s TWO of those guys?

That hardly seems fair. Vancouvers Canucks’ Daniel Sedin won’t travel for Game 3 – ESPN Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin will not travel to Los Angeles for Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series Sunday night against the Kings, coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Saturday after practice in Vancouver.  

A different Kings team: 2010 vs. 2012

Yesterday (seems like a month ago) we looked at how the Canucks have changed since the 2010 series against a markedly different Kings team. Here’s how different: RETURNING (9): Matt Greene Rob Scuderi Drew Doughty Anze Kopitar Justin Williams Brad Richardson Dustin Brown Jarret Stoll Jonathan Quick IN (14): Mike Richards Jeff Carter Dustin Penner…