It remains perhaps the greatest moment in Los Angeles Kings
history. From his perfect shot to his euphoric celebration, Daryl Evans
' overtime goal completed the Kings' historic comeback from a 5-0 third-period deficit against the Edmonton Oilers
on April 10, 1982 -- a game forever known in L.A. as the "Miracle on Manchester."
Thirty years later, fresh off Anze Kopitar
's show-stopping overtime goal in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, Evans is thrilled to see this year's Kings writing a new chapter in the franchise's history.
"There have been a lot of big plays. You go back to the beginning of the playoffs, when Jarret Stoll
got the game-winner in overtime against Vancouver. Then [Dustin] Penner's [series-clinching] goal against Phoenix," said Evans, who now does color commentary on the Kings' radio broadcasts. "You know that these are going to be moments that go down in Kings history."
If there's anyone who knows about Kings history, it's Evans. His goal remains one of the marquee moments in franchise history, and he played parts of four seasons with the team before spending the last 13 seasons in the radio booth. He has also served as a power skating consultant for the team since 2007. But it's his historic OT winner that he's still best known for, a distinction he doesn't shy away from.
"It comes up a lot, especially at this time of year. It comes to the forefront in the playoffs. I never get tired of talking about it," Evans told NHL.com. "Edmonton that year finished 46 points ahead of us in the regular season. It really was a remarkable evening. It was capped off by a great finish with the game winning goal."
Incredible as that goal may have been, it could be eclipsed by Kopitar's Game 1 overtime winner against New Jersey. How the series ends could ultimately dictate how that goal is remembered, but Evans knew it was a special play the moment he saw it.
"It's only the first game of the series," he said, "but these are the goals and moments that Kings fans will always remember."