Posts Tagged ‘Mike Richards’

Jordan Nolan suspended one game for throwing sucker punch at Jesse Joensuu

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It was a busy night for the penalty box in the Kings-Oilers game. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

It was a busy night in the penalty boxes as the Kings and Oilers mixed it up. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

By Darian Somers

The NHL announced on Monday that the Kings forward Jordan Nolan has been suspended for one game due to his sucker punch of Edmonton’s Jesse Joensuu in just one of the heated incidents that broke out during Sunday night’s game.

After a scrum in front of the Kings’ net, Nolan and Joensuu scuffled in what appeared to be a common post-whistle exchange. Then, out of nowhere, as officials began to separate the group, Nolan threw a cheap shot at Joensuu — a punch in the face while the Oiler winger wasn’t looking, then tried to throw two more hits before he was stopped. Nolan was assessed a double-minor for roughing and Joensuu was given two for cross-checking Nolan.

Jordan Nolan punches Jesse Joensuu (GIF by Darian Somers)

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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Los Angeles Kings fail to repeat, but have pieces to contend next season

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    The Kings will have some roster decisions to make on key free agents,  but return plenty of talent to compete next year. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    The Kings will have some roster decisions to make, but will return plenty of talent. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Say this much about the Los Angeles Kings: They went out fighting.

    They scrapped their way back from what had to be a spirit-crushing 2-0 deficit n the first minutes of Game 5. They battled for the equalizer after Patrick Kane scored what looked to be the clincher with just over three minutes remaining in the third. And then they traded punches with the Blackhawks for more than 30 minutes of extra time before Kane drove home the dagger on a gloriously executed two-on-one with Jonathan Toews.

    They fell short of repeating as Stanley Cup champs, but this was a gutsy performance from a team that ends the season knowing it had completely emptied the tank.

    “It’s not easy to repeat, but we came in, we gave ourselves a good chance,” said defenseman Rob Scuderi. “We were stopped here in the Western Conference Finals, but overall I’m pretty proud of the team, especially considering tonight in that early 2-0 hole. It looked like we folded up shop and called it a season to a better team on home ice, but we battled back. We stayed with it, and at least we gave ourselves a chance.”

    The loss ended a streak of six consecutive playoff series victories for the Kings, adding up to 25 postseason wins over the past two years. No one should hang their heads after that. But questions about what went wrong — and what to do about it — are inevitable.

    MUIR: Penguins at crossroads after loss

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Kings stun Blues with 4-3 comeback victory, even series at 2-2

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    If Anze Kopitar builds on Monday’s goal and raises his game, the Kings might recover. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It wasn’t long into Game 4 before the Los Angeles Kings felt the boots of the St. Louis Blues pressing down hard on their throats. After allowing two goals in the first five minutes, the defending champs faced the likelihood of a 3-1 series deficit and a return to the road, where they have lost eight straight.

    But it turned out that adversity suited them. With nearly a full game to play, they found another gear and took the game to a level that the Blues couldn’t match. And for the first time in the series, L.A.’s offense finally got on track, powering two comebacks in a thrilling 4-3 win that sends the series back to St. Louis knotted at two games apiece.

    Here are some quick observations from the series-tying win for the Kings:

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  • Published On May 07, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: St. Louis Blues take 2-0 lead as L.A. Kings’ Quick stumbles

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    Goalie Jonathan Quick made a key mistake in the Kings’ Game 2 loss to the Blues. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    At a glance, the play of Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick over the first two games of this series against the St. Louis Blues has lived up to the legacy of his Conn Smythe run.

    After a 40-save performance Tuesday night’s opener, he was at it again in Game 2. He made sliding saves, kick saves, glove saves and flopped around, Hasek-style, doing everything he could to keep the Kings in it.

    But for the second game in a row, it was Quick who let his mates down at the worst possible moment. And now the Kings find themselves in a 2-0 hole after a crushing 2-1 loss in Game 2.

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  • Published On May 03, 2013
  • VIDEO: Mom tries to catch hockey stick, drops son in process

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    You gotta hand it to Mike Richards. Named one of the three stars in Thursday night’s win over the Avalanche, the Kings’ forward took the customary twirl then looked for someone in the stands he could gift with his game stick. He skated by a bunch of adults, including one goober wearing a crown, until he spied the perfect recipients: a mom holding her young son.

    Now, the glass was too high between them for Richards to simply hand it to her, so he carefully tossed up and over the barrier. And the mom, perhaps calling back to her days in youth baseball, went for the fundamentally sound two-handed grab…which would have been a great decision if she didn’t drop her son in the process.

    Now, to be fair, there probably isn’t a parent out there who hasn’t had a kid slip or wiggle out of their grasp at some point. But chances are we weren’t chasing a souvenir at the time and the moment wasn’t caught on live TV and then chucked up on YouTube for everyone to have good fun with.

    The beauty here? The poster put it up in slow motion, which I’d guess is exactly how the mom is reliving her decision even as we speak.

    No word on the condition of the kid, but as anyone who has ever parented a toddler can attest, kids tend to be pretty bouncy at that age. Probably nothing a kiss, a coo, a cuddle and A FREAKIN’ MIKE RICHARDS STICK! couldn’t fix.

  • Published On Apr 12, 2013
  • Top Line: Rinaldo breaks code, Boston’s best steal, more links

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    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • In Philly, they’re calling it a huge bolt of energy. But did Zac Rinaldo go too far in his fight with Tampa Bay’s B.J. Crombeen? Looks like it to me.

    • Mike Richards earned himself a Gordie Howe hat trick, but it was Brandon Dubinsky’s boarding major that will be the topic of conversation after L.A.’s 4-2 win in Columbus.

    • The Washington Capitals gave away Nicklas Backstrom garden gnomes to fans and two points to the visiting Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. The Caps now “boast” a league-worst 2-7-1 mark after their 3-2 loss. There already are calls for Adam Oates’ job, but I have to believe that GM George McPhee makes a personnel move before canning the rookie coach.

    • Maybe the Leafs should barnstorm the rest of the season because they’re historically (and hysterically) bad at home.

    • I mean, yeah, it has the makings of an epic steal, but was the Phil Kessel trade really the best in Boston sports history?

    •’s own Adrian Dater has the latest on the Ryan O’Reilly contract talks.

    • David Clarkson scored twice in a 3-1 win over the Rangers, giving him seven on the season. Maybe that 30-goal campaign wasn’t a fluke after all.

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  • Published On Feb 06, 2013