| Nov 17, 2014
| 8:50 PM
Their accents and homelands differed, but the six men inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday expressed a common affection for the family and friends who helped them reach the pinnacle of their sport.
"Hockey is one language spoken...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 5:25 PM
The Blake family ran a farm machinery business alongside the corn, wheat and soybeans they grew in Simcoe, Canada, about 90 minutes southwest of Toronto, and everyone was expected to pitch in. Robert and Sandra Blake's oldest son, Russ, and youngest son,...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 4:17 PM
His words were engraved on the back of Jonathan Quick's goalie mask during the NHL playoffs last spring. His words will be engraved in the heart of Connecticut hockey this weekend.
"Everybody rides." That was the saying on Quick's mask as the Los...
| 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...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 7:02 PM
How can the Ducks' 10-3 record be the same as it was through 13 games last season yet be dramatically different?
The answer is their willingness to embrace the concept that defense wins championships in the NHL. For inspiration, all they had to do was...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 8:08 PM
Bryan Bickell is the rarest of the rare — the parent of a young child who did not dread the end of Daylight Saving Time.
His daughter, Makayla, is not even 3 months old and yet she slept until 8 a.m. Sunday — 9 if you don't factor in the...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 8:18 PM
There are nights Ron Hextall is so consumed by his job he can't shut off his brain.
In seven seasons as the Kings' assistant general manager, Hextall oversaw their exemplary farm system, but General Manager Dean Lombardi made the final decisions in...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 6:03 PM
It seems harsh to find fault with the Kings, who have won five straight games and will face Columbus on Sunday in the finale of a six-game homestand.
But they became Stanley Cup champions twice in three seasons by achieving high standards, and they...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 5:37 PM
Many of the major off-season moves made by Western Conference teams were motivated by one factor — to match up better against the Stanley Cup champions and beat the big, deep Kings at their own game.
With that in mind, a number of quality...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 11:25 PM
If you didn't think to look for it or didn't happen to glance up at the green-girdered roof Friday while the Ducks were opening their home schedule with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Wild, it would have been easy to miss the new banner...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:30 PM
Ryan Totka is the quintessential sports guy: an eternal optimist who won't quit.
You may remember him from a few years back, when he spent 15 grand on an ill-fated campaign to get a certain Mr. Howard to stay and play in Orlando.
The "Stay Dwight"...