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2000-2001 LA Kings Highlights

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October 2000

Ian Laperrier's First Career Hat Trick Leads Kings to 5-0 Victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ian Laperriere couldn't fully enjoy his first career NHL hat trick with other matters pressing on his mind.

Laperriere scored his first three goals of the season Friday night to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-0 victory over the Boston Bruins, but his thoughts were with his father who is fighting cancer in Montreal.

"He's battling back and he's got a great spirit," Laperriere said. "He'll be the first to be mad at me if I don't focus on hockey. He tells me, 'Forget about me. Just focus on your career.' And I'm doing that out of respect for him."

Laperriere completed the hat trick with 2:52 left in the game, as Luc Robitaille stole the puck off Hal Gill's stick in the left circle, went behind the net and fed in front.

"I just drove to the net and I knew he was looking for me," Laperriere said. "I wasn't sure that it hit me, but Luc said, 'Yeah, it did, it did, it did.' So I said, 'OK, I guess it did.'"

Ziggy Palffy scored in his 400th NHL game, Eric Belanger connected on a power play and Steven Reinprecht and Jaroslav Modry each had two assists for Los Angeles.

Steve Passmore made his regular-season debut with the Kings and earned his second career shutout. Passmore, who came to Los Angeles on May 1 in a trade from Chicago, made 18 saves to hand Boston its first loss of the season and end the Bruins' three-game winning streak.

"You never want to take anything away from the other team, but I don't think we played anywhere near the way we can," said defenseman Paul Coffey, who returned to the Bruins lineup after missing three games because of a bruised left shoulder. "But sometimes it's good to get knocked around a bit and have the wind knocked out of your sails."

The Bruins managed only one shot during a two-man advantage they held for 1:43 in the third period, and finished 0-for-4 on the power play.

"I don't know if we could have played that any better," said Passmore, who got the start because Jamie Storr was late for a morning meeting. "We kept them to the outside and we didn't let them get any passes across the box.

"That was really a team shutout, because they didn't have a ton of great scoring chances, and any rebounds that were in front of me were cleared. So it made my job pretty easy."

The Kings, who have outscored their opponents 11-0 in the first period of their first five games, needed only nine shots to build a 3-0 lead against former teammate Byron Dafoe -- back in goal after missing two games because of a strained left hamstring.

Bruins coach Pat Burns switched to backup Andrew Raycroft at the start of the second period. But it didn't matter to the Kings, who scored on their second shot against the rookie.

Game Recap - 10/13/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Palffy 4 (Modry, Visnovsky), 4:23. 2, Los Angeles, E.Belanger 2 (Emerson, Modry), 11:28 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Laperriere 1 (Reinprecht, Schneider), 14:40. PENALTIES: Van Impe, Bos, major (fighting), 4:14; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 4:14; Knuble, Bos (holding), 9:33; Coffee, Bos (high-sticking), 12:07.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Laperriere 2 (Reinprecht, J.Blake), 2:44. PENALTIES: R.Blake, LA (cross-checking), 3:45; K.Belanger, Bos (interference), 7:31; Kultanen, Bos (hooking), 9:38; McLaren, Bos (high-sticking), 10:16.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Los Angeles, Laperriere 3 (Robitaille), 17:08. PENALTIES: Modry, LA (tripping), 6:11; Schneider, LA (slashing), 6:28; Modry, LA (holding), 8:48.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Boston 0 of 4; Los Angeles 1 of 5. 

GOALIES: Boston, Dafoe 1-1-1 (11 shots-8 saves), Raycroft (0:00 second, 16-14). Los Angeles, Passmore, 1-0-0 (18-18).

Referees: Dan O'Halloran, Shane Heyer. Linesmen: Mark Wheler, Randy Mitton.

A: 14,352 (18,118).

Kings Blow a 4 Goal Lead; Tie Home Opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scott Young and the St. Louis Blues were silent through the first two periods. Then the Blues roared to life in the third Wednesday night, with Young leading a four-goal charge that lifted St. Louis into a 4-4 tie with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings built a 4-0 lead in the second period, doing all their scoring on power plays.

"That wasn't your average hockey tie, the way we came back," said Young, who had two goals and an assist to lead the Blues. "It feels more like a win."

Jochen Hecht tied it at 4 when he scored with 34 seconds remaining in regulation, after the Blues pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker.

Pierre Turgeon assisted on three of the Blues' goals, including the game-tying score. Turgeon flipped the puck across the crease to Hecht, who poked it in past the Kings' Jamie Storr for his second goal of the season.

The only serious scoring threat in the overtime came when Los Angeles' Bryan Smolinski got a breakaway, but his shot was off target.

In the third period, Young scored his goals 2:13 apart after Pavol Demitra finally put St. Louis on the board 1:15 into the period. Young beat Storr 3:29 into the period to make it 4-2, then added his sixth goal shortly afterward. Young also assisted on the tying goal.

"Once we scored out first goal, it really helped us get fired up," Young said. "We kind of had them (the Kings) back on their heels."

St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said Young, who has scored his six goals in just four games, obviously is on a roll.

"He's at the top of his game. I haven't seen him better," Quenneville said. "We'd like to see this for a long time."

Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said his team just "blew it" in the third period. Added Murray: "We didn't show the composure we needed to show. I didn't feel comfortable with a 4-0 lead. I felt we had to continue to play."

Mathieu Schneider and Smolinski each had a goal and two assists for the Kings, who have not beaten the Blues in Los Angeles since Jan. 11, 1997, and have won just one of their last 11 meetings. Luc Robitaille had a goal and an assist to become the third player to score 1,000 career points for the Kings. Ziggy Palffy added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles. Storr faced 31 shots, and the Blues' Roman Turek faced 25.

Game Recap - 10/11/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Schneider 2 (Smolinski), 17:50 (pp). PENALTIES: R.Blake, LA (high-sticking), 1:49; Los Angeles bench, served by J.Blake (too many men), 7:37; R.Blake, LA (hooking), 11:43; Demitra, StL (interference), 12:56; Khavanov, StL (interference), 17:46.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Smolinski 1 (Schneider, Robitaille), 5:23 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 5 (Palffy, Smolinski), 12:22. 4, Los Angeles, Palffy 3 (R.Blake, Schneider), 16:13 (pp). PENALTIES: Nash, StL (roughing), :37; Berg, LA (high-sticking), :37; Pronger, StL, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 4:52; Brookberger, LA (roughing), 4:52; Nash, StL (slashing), 5:08; Smolinski, LA (hooking), 7:31; Emerson, LA (high-sticking), 9:13; Hill, StL (slashing), 11:04; Reinprecht, LA (holding stick), 13:08; Khavanov, StL (holding), 15:37; Hill, StL (slashing), 16:31; Los Angeles bench, served by J.Blake (too many men), 18:24.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 5, St. Louis, Demitra 1 (Bartecko, Hill), 1:15. 6, St. Louis, Young 5 (Drake, Turgeon), 3:29. 7, St. Louis, Young 6 (Turgeon), 5:42. 8, St. Louis, Hecht 2 (Turgeon, Young), 19:26. PENALTIES: Drake, StL, double minor (high-sticking), 8:23.


Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: St. Louis 0 of 7; Los Angeles 4 of 9. 

GOALIES: St. Louis, Turek 1-1-1 (25 shots-21 saves). Los Angeles, Storr 2-1-1 (31-27).

Referees: Brad Meier, Rob Shick. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Randy Mitton.

A: 18,118 (18,118).

Ziggy Palffy's 4 Point Game Leads Kings to 7-1 Victory
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ziggy Palffy made sure the Los Angeles Kings took advantage of their scoring chances.

"We have to just go for it. If we have a chance that's 3-on-2, that's a time we have to score," Palffy said Monday night after his goal and three assists led the Kings to a 7-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. "Every chance we got, we used it."

The expansion Blue Jackets had trouble creating scoring opportunities, and couldn't stop the Kings from getting shots.

After Tyler Wright's goal 2:19 into the third period cut the Blue Jackets' deficit to 3-1, Palffy took advantage of a penalty several minutes later to end the chance for a comeback. Columbus' Krzysztof Oliwa was whistled for interference with 16:42 remaining, and Palffy scored 42 seconds later on a pass from Rob Blake. Luc Robitaille's second goal 8:38 into the third made it 5-1 and sent most of sellout crowd of 18,136 home.

"We were lucky. We had an early lead," Robitaille said. "Obviously, when you play against a new team and get an early lead it's a little bit tougher for them."

Kings goalie Jamie Storr made 27 saves and was barely tested. Columbus' Marc Denis was peppered with 39 shots -- from every angle -- as his teammates repeatedly made bad passes and had trouble clearing the puck out of their zone.

"These are the lessons you need to learn sometimes before you get the mindset of how you're supposed to play," Blue Jackets coach Dave King said. "We're clearly a team that needs to play smarter. We need to play more consistent and we need to get people who are known to be defensive players to play that way."

Robitaille gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead 5:19 into the first period. Palffy took an errant pass from Columbus' Geoff Sanderson near center-ice and streaked down the right side for a 2-on-1 break. Denis stopped Palffy's point-blank shot, but Palffy got the rebound and one-timed a pass behind the goalie's back to a wide-open Robitaille.

On a power play about eight minutes later, after passing the puck to a wide-open Mathieu Schneider at the blue line, Palffy moved in front of Denis' right arm. The two bumped and Denis slipped to a knee just as Schneider sent a slap shot inside the left post.

A goal by Kelly Buchberger made it 3-0 early in the second period. Jason Blake and Steven Reinprecht also scored in the third for Los Angeles.

King was hit in the face with a puck midway through the second period. Trainers had to bandage a bloody gash above King's right eyebrow, but he was able to finish the game.

Game Recap - 10/09/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Robitaille 3 (Palffy), 5:19. 2, Los Angeles, Schneider 1 (Smolinski, Palffy), 13:48 (pp). PENALTIES: R.Blake, LA (high-sticking), 2:50; Oliwa, Clm, major (fighting), 7:09; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 7:09; Adams, Clm (tripping), 9:54; Wright, Clm (elbowing), 12:51; Robitaille, LA (hooking), 16:26; Heward, Clm (slashing), 18:50.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Los Angeles, Buchberger 1 (Murray, Visnovsky), 3:16. PENALTIES: Murray, LA (interference), :54; Pushor, Clm (boarding), 4:56; R.Blake, LA (holding), 7:04; Oliwa, Clm, double minor (cross-checking, roughing), 11:21; Johnson, LA (roughing), 11:21; Pushor, Clm (roughing), 17:26.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Columbus, Wright 1 (Timander, Nummelin), 2:19 (pp). 5, Los Angeles, Palffy 2 (R.Blake), 4:00 (pp). 6, Los Angeles, Robitaille 4 (Palffy), 8:38. 7, Los Angeles, J.Blake 1 (Reinprecht, Visnovsky), 17:26. 8, Los Angeles, Reinprecht 1 (Johnson, Berg), 18:32. PENALTIES: Schneider, LA (boarding), :48; Oliwa, Clm (interference), 3:18; Emerson, LA (tripping), 6:02.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 2 of 7; Columbus 1 of 6. 

GOALIES: Los Angeles Storr, 2-1-0 (28 shots-27 saves). Columbus Denis, 0-1-0 (39-32).

Referees: Don Van Massenhoven, Dean Warren. Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Andy McElman.

A: 18,136 (18,136).

Buffalo Defeats Los Angeles 5-3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings started fast Saturday night, but it was the Buffalo Sabres who finished on top.

Vaclav Varada scored twice as the Sabres overcame a 2-0 deficit, scoring four straight goals to defeat the Los Angeles 5-3.

"I think we were surprised that L.A. came out like that," Sabres forward Stu Barnes said. "Anytime you get down 2-0 that quickly, regardless of you know that they've got some very good hockey players over there, I think it still kind of takes you back a bit."

Dave Andreychuk's wrap-around, power-play goal capped the burst, staking Buffalo to a 4-2 lead with 5:30 left in the game.

"We showed a lot of character tonight against a team that was playing pretty well in the first period," Andreychuk said. "We took the game over."

Barnes had a goal and two assists, and J.P. Dumont had a goal and an assist for the Sabres.

"We started to develop a mentality on the ice that said 'Hey, this game's going to come easy to us,'" Kings coach Andy Murray said. "As soon as you do that you shoot yourself in the foot. I didn't see it necessarily starting in the second period, I saw it in the last 10 minutes of the first period."

Dumont sparked the comeback 5:38 into the second period, and the Sabres tied it six minutes later when Dumont batted Barnes' centering pass from behind the net out of the air and into the net. Barnes broke a 2-2 tie with 1:18 left in the second period. With Buffalo enjoying a two-man advantage, Barnes -- from a tough angle to the left of the net -- somehow scored when his shot into the crease trickled by goalie Jamie Storr.

Rookie goalie Mika Noronen, playing his second game in place of injured Dominik Hasek, stopped 19 shots as the Sabres opened the season with two straight home wins for the first time since 1988. The 2-0 start also marks a decided improvement over Buffalo's 0-5-2 start last season.

"Last year was a really disappointing start and this game could've turned ugly," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "But I think we showed a lot of character. We had a lot of individuals that really stepped up to the plate."

Ziggy Palffy and Rob Blake scored first-period power-play goals for the Kings, while Glen Murray cashed in with 2:50 left to cut the Sabres' lead to 4-3. The Kings are 0-6-1 in their last seven visits to Buffalo. Kings forward Luc Robitaille became the 54th player in NHL history, and the 17th active player, to reach 600 assists. Robitaille, who set up two goals, reached the mark when he assisted on Blake's score that put the Kings up 2-0.

Game Recap - 10/07/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Palffy 1 (Smolinski, Robitaille), 3:07 (pp). 2, Los Angeles, Blake 2 (Palffy, Robitaille), 6:00 (pp). PENALTIES: McKee, Buf (tripping), 2:47; Woolley, Buf (slashing), 4;53; Corkum, LA (holding), 17:38.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Buffalo, Varada 1 (Dumont), 5:36. 4, Buffalo, Dumont 2 (Barnes, Gilmour), 11:19 (pp). 5, Buffalo, Barnes 1 (Gilmour, Satan), 18:42 (pp). PENALTIES: Laperriere, LA (ob.-holding stick), :06; Karalahti, LA (interference), 6:08; Barnes, Buf (hooking), 6:30; Johnson, LA (tripping), 9:28; Gilmour, Buf (slashing), 15:33; Murray, LA (high-sticking), 16:44; Storr, LA, served by Emerson (slashing), 17:55.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 6, Buffalo, Andreychuk 1 (Woolley, Afinogenov), 14:30 (pp). 7, Los Angeles, Murray 1 (Smolinski), 17:10. 8, Buffalo, Varada 2 (Barnes), 19:58 (pp-en). PENALTIES: Buchberger, LA, major (fighting), :12; Ray, Buf, major (fighting), :12; Rasmussen, Buf (high-sticking), 4:26; Andreychuk, Buf (tripping), 11:38; Belanger, LA (hooking), 13:40; Murray, LA (cross-checking), 19:28.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 2 of 6; Buffalo 4 of 8.

GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 1-1-0 (23 shots-19 saves). Buffalo, Noronen 2-0-0 (22-19).

Referees: Kerry Fraser, Kevin Maguire. Linesmen: Scott Driscol, Greg Devorski.

A: 14, 325 (18,690).

Kings Defeat Washington 4-1 In Season Opener
WASHINGTON (AP) - After the Washington Capitals celebrated their accomplishments of last season, the Los Angeles Kings got this season underway in spectacular fashion.

Luc Robitaille scored two first-period goals as the Kings converted three of their first eight shots against Craig Billington and cruised past Washington 4-1 Friday night.

Robitaille scored at 1:36 on the Kings' first shot. Rob Blake made it 2-0 at 3:20 on Los Angeles' third shot and Robitaille completed the flurry at 10:54.

"The quick start was important," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "You've got some pretty good shooters there. If you've got the basketball, you might want Michael Jordan shooting it. We don't mind if Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake have the shots."

The duo delivered a devastating 1-2 punch that essentially knocked the Capitals to the canvas.

"I think if I was a boxer, I just took a good uppercut, maybe a good straight-on blow," Billington said. "I bounced back up, but it's not easy."

The three-goal flurry was more than enough offense for Los Angeles goalie Jamie Storr, who made 19 saves. Robitaille finished with two goals and his 598th career assist, and Eric Belanger had a goal and two assists in his NHL debut.

The evening started with the Capitals raising a banner commemorating last season's Southeast Division title. But when the game started, the star of that team was forced to watch from the seats. Olaf Kolzig, who won 41 games and the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie, will be sidelined at least another week while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The smoke from the pregame fireworks had barely dissipated when Robitaille took a back pass from Jaroslav Modry and sent a wrist shot over Billington's left shoulder.

Blake then took a drop pass from Craig Johnson and lined a shot into the left corner of the net. Minutes later, Robitaille scored from the left circle off a pass from Belanger.

"We knew this was their night, this was their big opening. So we wanted to come out hard," Robitaille said.

Washington's Calle Johansson injected some hope into the crowd of 18,082 by firing a slap shot from between the circles with 47 seconds elapsed in the second period, concluding a 5-on-3 advantage. But Storr, who missed the Kings' last four preseason games with a sprained left knee, stopped everything else that came his way. Belanger made it 4-1 at 17:12 with his first NHL goal off a pass from Ziggy Palffy.

Game Recap - 10/06/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Robitaille 1 (Modry, Belanger), 1:36. 2, Los Angeles, Blake 1 (Johnson, Murray), 3:20. 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 2 (Belanger, Norstrom), 10:54. PENALTIES: J.Blake, LA (hooking), 11:55; Klee, Was (tripping), 15:44; R.Blake, LA (tripping), 19:10; Corkum, LA (slashing), 19:21.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Washington, Johansson 1 (Oates, Halpern), :47 (pp). 5, Los Angeles, Belanger 1 (Palffy, Robitaille), 17:12. PENALTIES: Schneider, LA (slashing), 5:23; Norstrom, LA (holding), 10:31; Sacco, Was (holding stick), 12:36; Emerson, LA (hooking), 14:45.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Karalahti, LA (hooking), 1:14; Beech, Was (hooking), 7:47; Modry, LA (interference), 12:40.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 3; Washington 1 of 8.

GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 1-0-0 (20 shots-19 saves). Washington, Billington 0-1-0 (31-27).

Referees: Paul Devorski, Tom Kowal. Linesmen: Pat Dapuzzo, Tim Nowak.

A: 18,082 (18,672).

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updated 14 October 2000