| May 16, 2014
| 11:15 PM
When it comes to winning a big game, the Kings' knowledge in how to do so was a mismatch over the Ducks.
That strength more than any other defined the Kings' 6-2 victory in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal at Honda Center.
From an early goal...
| May 12, 2014
| 4:35 PM
There always was music in the car. Lots of Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and James Taylor, singers who will always remind Blackhawks forward Ben Smith of being with his father, Larry Alan Smith, as they made lengthy drives around New England, sometimes five...
| May 16, 2014
| 11:20 AM
Yes, Friday night’s Game 7 between the Ducks and Kings could be Teemu Selanne’s final game, but the retiring 43-year-old veteran forward is not thinking that way.
“It’s obviously something we know about ... but it’s not the...
| May 19, 2014
| 7:48 PM
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi knew his team needed a productive left wing in order to go far this season and he knew Columbus winger Marian Gaborik might be available, but Lombardi had season-long salary cap problems and Gaborik's salary was $7.5...
| May 31, 2014
| 3:46 PM
The Blackhawks and Kings have been asked repeatedly throughout the Western Conference finals to pin the burden of pressure on the other team.
The only thing is, there probably aren’t two NHL teams that embrace anxiety-wracked games as an...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:59 PM
Willie Mitchell couldn't go on the road to be around his friends and hockey-playing colleagues. Nor could he feel comfortable going out to dinner when a playoff game was going on against St. Louis, San Jose or Chicago.
The prototypical stay-at-home...
| May 20, 2014
| 8:41 AM
The reason behind the surge by the New York Rangers is now clear.
They have received the John C. McGinley bump.
No wonder the Rangers have skated all over the Montreal Canadiens during the first two games of the Eastern Conference final … in...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 9:14 AM
The underachieving Washington Capitals began making changes at the top Saturday, firing Adam Oates as coach and not renewing the contract of George McPhee, the general manager and a vice president.
The NHL club made the announcements in a statement...
| May 28, 2014
| 11:14 AM
Patrick Kane has been off-target in the Western Conference finals; Chicago’s high-scoring forward has been reduced to just one assist after four games.
He missed the mark again Wednesday, contending that even though his team trails the series...
| May 30, 2014
| 11:25 PM
Now, the Kings know how they made the San Jose Sharks feel after the first round of the playoffs and the regrets they left the Ducks to brood over just a couple of weeks ago, in the second round.
The Kings, who staged an epic comeback after losing their...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993.
The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the...