Sports columnist for the LA Times. 2005 Elmer Ferguson Hockey Hall of Fame honoree.

Ducks look like an NHL playoff lock, Kings are nearly there

latimes.com — Kings Coach Darryl Sutter painted a vivid picture when asked last week about his players' struggles to defend their championship. "They have to keep understanding and listening to what I'm telling them about how tough it is," he said. "The train has got to be a work train, not the Stanley Cup train.

Helene Elliott's NHL plus and minuses

latimes.com — Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + The All-Star break interrupted five-game winning streaks for the Ducks, Detroit and Winnipeg. That success put the Ducks atop the NHL with 68 points, moved the Red Wings into second place in the Atlantic Division and helped the Jets solidify their hold on a wild-card playoff spot.

NHL all-stars give Columbus good reviews -- except for that cannon

chicagotribune.com — Goodbye, Columbus, and thanks for the well-organized All-Star game festivities. Most events were held within the lively Arena District or the nearby convention center, and players seemed pleased with the enthusiastic atmosphere and attentive crowds. "It was really awesome," said Nashville Predators rookie forward Filip Forsberg, who contributed two goals to Team Toews' 17-12 victory over Team Foligno in Sunday's game.

NHL all-stars give Columbus good reviews -- except for that cannon

latimes.com — Goodbye, Columbus, and thanks for the well-organized All-Star game festivities. Most events were held within the lively Arena District or the nearby convention center, and players seemed pleased with the enthusiastic atmosphere and attentive crowds. "It was really awesome," said Nashville Predators rookie forward Filip Forsberg, who contributed two goals to Team Toews' 17-12 victory over Team Foligno in Sunday's game.

The highlight of NHL All-Star game is the smile of Chris Sutter

latimes.com — Who won and who lost Sunday's NHL All-Star game will soon be forgotten, as it should be. What should not be lost in the All-Star-record flood of 29 goals in Team Toews ' 17-12 victory over Team Foligno was the grin that constantly illuminated the face of Chris Sutter , son of Kings and Team Foligno Coach Darryl Sutter , as he stood behind the bench at Nationwide Arena to offer encouragement and strategy, as always a friend and an inspiration.

NHL All-Star game has lost meaning over the years

latimes.com — The original purpose of the NHL's All-Star game - before it even was given that name - was noble. The defending Stanley Cup champion Maple Leafs played a team of NHL stars in Toronto in 1934 as a tribute to Irvin (Ace) Bailey, whose career was ended by a fractured skull he suffered on a check by Eddie Shore.

NHL announces plans for World Cup in 2016

latimes.com — Not yet ready to expand beyond 30 franchises but eager to pull in more dollars and fans, the NHL on Saturday announced it will stage three of its popular and profitable outdoor games next season and will revive the World Cup tournament under a debatable new format in 2016.

The kids are all righteous at NHL's All-Star weekend

modbee.com — For years the NHL's most familiar player was Mr. Hockey, who gave way to the Great One, who in turn gave way to the Next One.

The kids are all righteous at NHL's All-Star weekend

latimes.com — For years the NHL's most familiar player was Mr. Hockey, who gave way to the Great One, who in turn gave way to the Next One. The next Next One could be any of a half-dozen players who will participate in this weekend's All-Star festivities at Nationwide Arena, perhaps joining a line of succession graced by Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Bobrovsky pull out of All-Star Game

latimes.com — The NHL All-Star game lost two of its biggest attractions Thursday when Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and hometown favorite Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets withdrew because of injuries. Crosby's Pittsburgh teammate, Evgeni Malkin, also will skip the game, which will be played Sunday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
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from colleague @reallisa: What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 win over the Blackhawks fw.to/8gbYJVg

Jan 29, 2015

Kings, Galaxy to be honored at White House next Monday

Jan 29, 2015

RT @TheAHL: You can live stream the press conference right here beginning at 3:30 ET/12:30 PT → bit.ly/AHLpress1-29.

Jan 29, 2015

RT @TheAHL: The #AHL will be making a major announcement related to the 2015-16 season today at @SAPCenter in San Jose.

Jan 29, 2015

From colleague @reallisa: Kings come up big at end against Chicago Blackhawks fw.to/sYbbTKe

Jan 29, 2015

From Chicago Tribune pal @ChrisKuc Frustration follows Blackhawks' 4-3 loss to Kings fw.to/2bEIiNV

Jan 29, 2015

Great efforts by Hawks and Kings. Games like these make it impossible to count the Kings out. Kings 4, Chicago 3. A familiar score.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @reallisa: Slick cross ice pass from Kane to Sharp. Sharp's 10th of the season. PPG

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