| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:30 PM
SOCHI, Russia — Aw, Canada.
It's hard to work up any sort of serious dislike for those quaint neighbors living in America's attic, but this hockey thing is getting ridiculous.
Twice during a 24-hour period at the appropriately named Bolshoy...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 8:30 PM
Winning the Stanley Cup might be the most demanding task in professional sports, a glorious and grueling test played out over eight months and more than 100 games.
Only when the ice has melted do teams disclose who was hobbling on a wounded knee or...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 5:52 PM
Slowly but surely the NHL has entered its own "Moneyball" era, with most teams employing experts in advanced statistical analysis to evaluate players beyond the traditional categories of goals, assists and plus/minus.
The league's website, nhl.com, soon...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 6:58 PM
Shaved, shorn and suavely suited, Kings players and staffers gathered onstage in the White House East room Monday and smiled politely as President Obama joked how unfortunate it was that they had defeated his hometown Chicago Blackhawks on the way to...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 5:50 PM
For Kings right wing Justin Williams, visiting the White House to meet the president and accept congratulations for winning the Stanley Cup is becoming a habit.
"It's my third time now. I think I should maybe get a room in the White House, I'm not sure....
| Jan 24, 2015
| 6:50 PM
The original purpose of the NHL's All-Star game — before it even was given that name — was noble.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Maple Leafs played a team of NHL stars in Toronto in 1934 as a tribute to Irvin (Ace) Bailey, whose career...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:03 PM
The Keeper of the Cup would not budge.
Despite the begging, he would not waver.
Despite the pleading, he stood steadfast.
Despite blatant bribery, he would not allow me to complete a bucket-list item for sports fans around the globe.
| Jan 5, 2015
| 8:54 PM
Only occasionally this season has General Manager Dean Lombardi seen the Kings resemble the group that blended a strong work ethic, forbidding goaltending and staunch defense to win the Stanley Cup twice in three seasons.
"There's been pockets where...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 6:27 PM
Last Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers sent 26-year-old center Ryan White to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on a conditioning loan. Flyers and Phantoms general manager Ron Hextall told the Philadelphia media that the loan is for three games.
"The way things...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 8:25 PM
When the Kings wanted to call up a defenseman from the minor leagues Saturday to replace the injured Robyn Regehr they consulted their calculators before they checked flight schedules.
Because they're near the salary cap limit and are carrying Slava...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 8:49 PM
Two days after the Kings had won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons — probably before some players had gotten any sleep — General Manager Dean Lombardi was back at work, focusing on his next project.
A student of sports...