3rd-seeded ’92-’93 Kings Only Higher Seed to Win in Qualifying First Round; Defeat 6th-seeded ’90-’91 Kings in Six Games

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Despite the end result, it was the 6th-seeded ’90-’91 Kings’ offense that really exploded at the start of this series. They took the opening game of the series by a score of 8-1 as Steve Kasper was the only player to score more than once and Luc Robitaille‘s three points were a team-high. Meanwhile, goaltender Kelly Hrudey stopped 47 of 48 shots against. They then opened up a 4-2 lead in the first period and a 6-3 lead in the second period of Game 2, but the 3rd-seeded ’92-’93 Kings chipped away until Wayne Gretzky‘s goal late in the third won it for them 7-6. The ’90-’91 Kings won Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead with three unanswered goals in the third period. Both Tomas Sandstrom and Todd Elik scored twice as the ’90-’91 Kings won 8-5. The ’92-’93 Kings tied the series up with a 6-4 win in Game 4 after scoring four times in the first period. Robitaille shined for the ’92-’93 Kings in the win with two goals and three assists.

Game 5 was tied 2-2 at the start of the third, but with about a minute and a half left, Mike Donnelly slammed home a rebound to give the ’92-’93 Kings a late 3-2 lead. Then, with 51 seconds remaining in the third, defenseman Marty McSorley was called for hooking and sent the ’90-’91 Kings to the PP. They pulled Hrudey for a 6-on-4 PP and Robitaille tied the game with just 32 seconds left to force overtime. However, Donnelly won it for the ’92-’93 Kings a little over 13 minutes into OT to take a 3-2 series lead. In Game 6, two late PP goals in the second period for the ’90-’91 Kings had the game tied 5-5 heading into the third period. Defenseman Paul Coffey scored the lone goal of that final period with a little over six minutes left to give the ’92-’93 Kings an eventual 6-5 win and clinch the series.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’90-’91 Kings 3 4 1 8
’92-’93 Kings 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’90-’91 LAK – 8   ’92-’93 LAK – 1   (1-0   ’90-’91 LAK)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Kelly Hrudey (’90-’91 LAK) – W   1.00 GAA   .979 SV% (47 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Luc Robitaille (’90-’91 LAK) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S   5 PIM

3rd Star: C – Steve Kasper (’90-’91 LAK) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   3 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’90-’91 Kings 4 2 0 6
’92-’93 Kings 2 3 2 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ’92-’93 LAK – 7   ’90-’91 LAK – 6   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Jari Kurri (’92-’93 LAK) – 1 G   4 A   5 P   +4   4 S

2nd Star: LW – Luc Robitaille (’92-’93 LAK) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +3   6 S

3rd Star: C – Wayne Gretzky (’92-’93 LAK) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +3   1 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Kings 3 2 0 5
’90-’91 Kings 3 2 3 8

GAME SUMMARY:  ’90-’91 LAK – 8   ’92-’93 LAK – 5   (2-1   ’90-’91 LAK)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Tony Granato (’90-’91 LAK) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   10 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: C – Jimmy Carson (’92-’93 LAK) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   3 S

3rd Star: C – Todd Elik (’90-’91 LAK) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   10 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Kings 4 1 1 6
’90-’91 Kings 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’92-’93 LAK – 6   ’90-’91 LAK – 4   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Luc Robitaille (’92-’93 LAK) – 2 G   3 A   5 P   +3   8 S

2nd Star: G – Kelly Hrudey (’92-’93 LAK) – W   4.00 GAA   .931 SV% (54 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Wayne Gretzky (’92-’93 LAK) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   5 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’90-’91 Kings 1 1 1 0 3
’92-’93 Kings 2 0 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’92-’93 LAK – 4   ’90-’91 LAK – 3   (OT)   (1-0   ’92-’93 LAK)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Kelly Hrudey (’92-’93 LAK) – W   3.00 GAA   .943 SV% (50 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Luc Robitaille (’92-’93 LAK) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   8 S

3rd Star: G – Kelly Hrudey (’90-’91 LAK) – OTL   4.00 GAA   .930 SV% (53 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Kings 3 2 1 6
’90-’91 Kings 0 5 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’92-’93 LAK – 6   ’90-’91 LAK – 5   (4-2   ’92-’93 LAK)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Wayne Gretzky (’92-’93 LAK) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +1   6 S

2nd Star: LW – Luc Robitaille (’90-’91 LAK) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +1   4 S

3rd Star: RW – Tomas Sandstrom (’90-’91 LAK) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +1   5 S

That wraps up the First Round of the 2015 Los Angeles Kings Qualifying Tournament!

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