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Larry Robinson


C - Jozef Stumpel, Olli Jokinen, Ian Laperriere, Ray Ferraro, Yanic Perreault, Sean Pronger, Nathan Lafayette. LW - Eric Lacroix, Vladimir Tsyplakov, Luc Robitaille, Craig Johnson, Josh Green. RW - Russ Courtnall, Glen Murray, Sandy Moger, Daniel Audette. D - Garry Galley, Rob Blake, Sean O'Donnell, Doug Bodger, Mattias Norstrom, Steve Duchesne, Philippe Boucher. G - Stephane Fiset, Jamie Storr.


Steve McKenna, lw (abdominal strain, unknown); Vladimir Tsyplakov, lw (knee, Saturday?); Mark Visheau, d (urinary tract obstruction, not until he can pee straight).


Recalled Nathan Lafayette, c, from Long Beach (IHL). Dispatched Pavel Rosa to the minors.


2/24  at Detroit  W 3-2
2/26  at Chicago  W 2-1
2/28  at Dallas   L 1-0
3/03  at Anaheim  L 2-1
3/04  Nashville   L 4-3
3/06  Calgary     L 4-1


Pacific Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Dallas            62  40  12  10    90  181  125  
  Phoenix           63  31  22  10    72  157  149  
  Anaheim           64  30  25   9    69  172  154  
  San Jose          64  22  28  14    58  141  152  
  Los Angeles       64  23  36   5    51  145  172


by Matt Moore, Los Angeles Correspondent

The Los Angeles Kings suck.

I could just stop there and that would suffice, but my editor would be unhappy. So I'll throw in some filler.

It started out real well, with a gritty come from behind victory over the Red Wings in Detroit. This was highlighted by the game-winning goal in overtime by Luc Robitaille. Having received a pass from the corner right in front of the net, Robitaille fell down while turning. But he had the presence of mind and skill to put it on net while on the ice and put in the winner. Yee-haw. A very good win indeed.

Then the Kings played the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are the only team in the West that are worse than the Kings, and the Kings have schooled the Hawks in recent history. So a win over them isn't that impressive. But still, two wins in a row is darn good.

Then reality struck. They played the Stars in the next game. They played tough and made it a close game, but they were stung in the first minute by a quick goal. This game showed two different things about the Kings: that they have absolutely no offense outside of Luc Robitaille and that they are so inconsistent that even when they play 59 minutes of good hockey that the one minute is still a killer.

Now the next three games were real depressing. The Ducks just outclassed and out hustled the Kings. And the Kings only showed up for about 15 minutes of play during the Nashville game. And the Flames, well, that game was the worst. They don't even have Theo Fleury anymore, yet they still come onto the Kings home ice and beat the Kings like a rented mule.

Now for other news:

Pavel Rosa was sent to Long Beach. Apparently Larry Robinson and Dave Taylor didn't like his work ethic. But I wonder why just send Rosa to the minors? Somehow I still see Yanic Perreault playing with the big team. And how about sending people down for just bad play? Then Jozef Stumpel would be on the way to Springfield or Long Beach darn quick. Especially if he keeps on making those nice clearing passes right up the middle to the stick of an opposing player. And for those who still try and make excuses for him by saying that he was injured early in the season: well, build a bridge and get over it already. Jeez, it isn't as if he fell into a wood chipper and is trying to play without any legs. And I always thought you were supposed to play hurt in hockey. I seem to remember a Tomas Sandstrom playing versus the Oilers in the playoffs with a broken bone in his leg. Sure he didn't play 100% but he also didn't make mental mistakes that cost goals.

One of the last true hustlers on the Kings, Ray Ferraro, was held out due to the flu. No truth to the rumor that he was on suicide watch, being distraught over being on a team that was worse than some of those Isles teams he was on. Nathan Lafayette was called up to take his spot in the lineup.

Vladimir Tsyplakov got fitted with a brace and began practicing with the Kings again on Monday. He should be able to play against the Canucks on the following Saturday.

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