Suspension? Maybe — but that was an accident

Yeah, Duncan Keith probably earned himself a game suspension for his high-stick to the face of Jeff Carter. There’s no question it was a high stick. There’s no question he intentionally swung his stick in Carter’s direction. But. I think it’s pretty clear from the replay that they were picking at each other all the…

Game 1 post-game Game 2 pre-game bullets

Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Justin Williams: three clutch players. That was one of those “tails, heads, heads” games, like in the St. Louis series. Very, very close, with a razor thin margin for error. Dave Bolland hit on Mike Richards? I can see the argument both ways. But I didn’t think it was outrageous,…

Pre-Game 1 perspectivizer

Kings are 2-0 all-time in Conference Finals series (Toronto, 1993; Phoenix, 2012). 8-4 in Conference Finals games. 2-1 (series) and 8-8 (games) if you count the 1969 series against the Blues, before there were conferences. The Kings faced the Blackhawks in one previous playoff series, in 1974. The Blackhawks won the series, 4-1. The Blackhawks…

First all black-pants final four in NHL history

Try adding that to your broadcast, NBC. UPDATE: Okay, so I’m an idiot. The Avalanche have black pants, so 2000 (Avs-Devils-Stars-Flyers) was also all black-pants. Tampa had a big swath of blue in their pants in 2004, so I cross them off the list. Not that I meant for this to be a serious stat……

And the winner of the 2013 Stanley Cup is…

…someone with black pants. And, as I said in this morning’s post, for the first time in the modern history of the league, the last four Stanley Cup winners are the last four teams standing. (Tonight, I saw that NBC was saying it’s the second time in NHL history this has happened; come on, with…

Has this ever happened before? Nope.

The last five teams alive are also the last five cup winners: 2008 – Detroit Red Wings 2009 – Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 – Chicago Blackhawks 2011 – Boston Bruins 2012 – Los Angeles Kings And if the Blackhawks win tonight, it will be the last four cup-winners in the Conference Finals. Also, it guarantees that…

I guess Dean Lombardi was right about Justin Williams

The Justin Williams trade is, sort of, the reason I started blogging. In the wake of the Williams/O’Sullivan deadline deal — and the ensuing fire-storm in the Inside the Kings comments section, I really wanted a poll on whether commenter celebre Anthony [who?] was right about the Williams trade (hint: he wasn’t). The result was the blog Kings Kool…

Game 7 stats, ctd.

Game 7 look-ahead: Plenty of stats out there to bolster Sharks hopes against Kings — or dash them | Working the Corners […] 16 NHL playoffs series […] have followed the pattern of this one with the home team winning every game leading up to the seventh. In that seventh game in those series, the…

Game 6: Kings’ best, Sharks’ worst

As a franchise, the Kings are: 17-25 in Game 1s 18-24 in Game 2s 15-24 in Game 3s 10-26 in Game 4s 16-12 in Game 5s 13-6 in Game 6s 3-4 in Game 7s As a franchise, the Sharks are: 15-15 in Game 1s 12-18 in Game 2s 19-11 in Game 3s 16-14 in Game…

Kings v Sharks Game 4 Pre-Game Bullets

Kings are 5-3 in series in which they are up 2-1 going into game 4. The last time the Kings were up 2-1, it was the Canucks series three years ago. Sharks are 3-8 in series in which they are down 2-1 going into game 4. Kings are 40-70 on the road in the playoffs.…

SWEET FANCY MOSES!

Kings win their sixth game in a row. Is that their longest streak of the season? Yes. It’s the longest Kings’ winning streak since they won 8 in a row last playoffs. Tyler Toffoli. TT. T2. Drew the penalty. Then made the Lewis goal happen. Trevor Lewis is in an awful lot of playoff highlights.…

Wait, Hockey Buzz has an editorial policy?

Today, in Kings blogging news, Matt Barry, Kings blogger for Hockey Buzz, has left that esteemed organization and is now blogging from his own site. There are only two reasons I know what Hockey Buzz is. One is that Matt Barry is a Kings blogger and I enjoy his writing. The other is that Hockey…

Kings open playoff round at home for 1st time in 21 years

Not since the 1992 playoffs, round one against Edmonton. Kings are 5-4 all-time in game ones at home. Oh, and obviously, the Kings have never played a game one at Staples. Kings open 2013 Conference Semifinals on Tuesday at STAPLES Center – Los Angeles Kings | News The National Hockey League announced today Game 1…