For the second straight game at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings came away with an exciting victory over a Pacific Division opponent. Just two nights after beating the San Jose Sharks 4-2, the Kings delivered a dramatic 4-3 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on March 23. There was great excitement during the contest, especially when Carl Grundstrom tied the game at three goals apiece with 3:53 left in third period and when captain Anze Kopitar scored the only goal in the shootout.
Kopitar's goal in the shootout was of the highlight reel variety that created a comment of "OMG" on the Kings twitter account. Even though Kopitar is not officially credited with a goal in the National Hockey League statistical records, Kopitar's fantastic offensive skill led to something more important, a Kings victory.
Speaking of goals, it was a memorable day in the Los Angeles Kings and NHL history on Saturday. It was the 25th anniversary of one of the most historic goals ever scored. On March 23, 1994, Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe's record for most goals all-time in a career with 802 when he scored on the power play from Luc Robitaille and Marty McSorley in a 6-3 Kings loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Recognition of the accomplishment and an interview with Robitaille recalling the moment can be found on Twitter.
The game was also attended by Golden Globe nominated actor Colin Hanks, son of the legendary actor Tom Hanks. During the evening, Colin Hanks wore the number 23 jersey of Igor Liba. A left winger, Liba played one season for the Kings in 1988-89, and had five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 27 regular season games. Fascinating, the 1988-89 season was also Wayne Gretzky's first year with the Kings.
Below are some of these greatest moments captured on Twitter. The Kings next host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Staples Center on March 30, 2019. Get your tickets today!
Our two favorite Luc Robitaille quotes as he recalls Gretzky scoring his 802nd goal:— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 24, 2019
"I don't know why no one's asked me for my stick? But I still have it ..."
"We just couldn't believe he got a Rolls-Royce. I mean none of us had seen a Rolls-Royce." pic.twitter.com/f2MkPIiic9
"They asked me if I would like to wear a jersey. I said I would love to you, but not one with my last name because I could never wear it out."— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 24, 2019
- @ColinHanks on why he chose Igor Liba's jersey#GoKingsGo | @_Attendee pic.twitter.com/vCrIvObKVq