Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Two

Kings show yet again they ‘don’t like to lose’


It was yet another comeback for the L.A. Kings.

They erased a 3-0 series deficit in a historic first-round victory over the San Jose Sharks, then staved off elimination in back-to-back contests against the Anaheim Ducks to win that second-round series in seven games.

And on Wednesday, trailing the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 in the Western Conference Final, the Kings came roaring back from a two-goal deficit late in the second period to take Game 2 of the best-of-seven series by a final score of 6-2. L.A. scored six unanswered goals, five times in the third period, including twice on the power play and a hat trick from Jeff Carter.

Did we mention they got good goaltending from Jonathan Quick?

“I don’t know. I’ve said over and over that these guys don’t like to lose and I think it just translates throughout the team,” said Kings’ forward Tanner Pearson, as per LA Kings Insider.

“Everyone wants to move onto that next step and we’re doing everything we can to get that. And we’re fortunate enough to get a win in their building.”

So far in these playoffs, the Kings, Stanley Cup champs from two years ago, are the only team to beat the Blackhawks in their home confines of the United Center and its loud and energetic crowd. The loss ended Chicago’s winning streak on home ice in this post-season at seven games.

“Well, at some point they’re going to lose a game at home. They’re not going to win every [one]. The only difference tonight and last game – we probably played better in Game 1,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider.

“The difference tonight was not goals for, it was goals against. You give up three against them, you’re in trouble.”

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.