| Jun 1, 2013
CHICAGO — It was only a theory, but the thoughts Dean Lombardi expressed a few years ago on how a losing team evolves from pretender to contender made a lot of sense.
First, a team hopes it can win — hope being the key word because it lacks...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:29 PM
There's no point assigning letter grades to the Blackhawks now that they've reached the halfway point in the truncated 48-game season.
Straight A's across the board.
Even the marketing team and virtual unknowns behind the scenes have performed at a...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 9:54 PM
When the United Center public-address announcer introduced the No. 1 star after Tuesday night's historic 4-3 Blackhawks' shootout victory over the Canucks, Marian Hossa was nowhere on the ice to be found.
He had left the game during the third period...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 4:40 PM
By the time the Anaheim Ducks' streak of games without a regulation loss in 2006 had reached double digits, Sean O'Donnell sensed something special building inside their dressing room.
Every championship team develops it. The sting of losing in the...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 7:23 AM
Your move, Claude Julien.
That’s what Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville seemed to be saying as he acted with creative, pre-emptive Scotty Bowman-like deviousness Tuesday.
The Stanley Cup Final hadn’t started, but the gamesmanship seemed...
| May 22, 2013
| 8:09 PM
Anze Kopitar suspected something might be up. In two games at San Jose the Kings had scored two goals and lost twice to the Sharks, dropping into a 2-2 tie in the teams' Western Conference semifinal playoff series. The Kings perfected the art of playing...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 10:59 PM
LOS ANGELES — Outside the Blackhawks dressing room at the Staples Center late Thursday night, Chairman Rocky Wirtz hardly could contain his enthusiasm as he walked down the hallway.
There was a noticeable skip in Wirtz's step as the Hawks took...
| May 23, 2013
| 11:25 PM
Sometime after the Kings' season ends — and that might not be for a while — it wouldn't be surprising to hear that center Anze Kopitar had been hampered by an injury from mid-March onward.
A sore shoulder, maybe. An abdominal pull. Or some...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 11:35 PM
The specifics behind the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, their first loss at Staples Center since March 23 and perhaps their final home game this season, were painfully clear.
They made bad line changes that contributed to two...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
CHICAGO — In an arena crammed with nearly 22,000 fans whose roars fairly made the ground tremble, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made a solitary and silent skate from his crease to the bench.
It was nine minutes and 20 seconds into the second...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 9:31 PM
Sure, this is a short season. But a Canadian columnist might have been rushing things a tad when he suggested the Kings' Stanley Cup defense was doomed after they had lost their first three games.
"OK, so 0-2-1 isn't the end of the world. But in a 48-...