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#17 | First & Last

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

On March 26, the Kings said goodbye to one of the oldest buildings in the NHL, bidding farewell to Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum after it housed the New York Islanders for 43 years.

It would be the Kings 51st and final visit to the historic building that proudly hung a Billy Joel banner from it's rafters.

Ironically, the youngest player on the Kings’ roster that night, Nick Shore, netted his first-career NHL goal. Nassau Coliseum was already 20 years old when Shore was born.

The Kings were embroiled in their month-plus long fight on the edge of the standings as they played their final game in Long Island – a win was needed for them to leap past the Calgary Flames and back into playoff positioning.

Facing a one-goal deficit midway through the second period, Dustin Brown drove the puck deep into New York’s zone, used the space he was given and swung behind the Islanders’ net. Simultaneously, Nick Shore, playing in his 28th NHL game, drove to the front of the net and got inside positioning in front of Jaroslav Halak.

Brown, with space in the corner, cut quickly and spotted Shore atop New York’s crease and fired a pass that ricochet off the Rookie’s skate and into the net.

Realizing it was Shore’s first goal, Brown made sure the Islanders' Johnny Boychuck knew to keep the puck safe and return it to the Kings’ bench.

"Hey, Johnny. Hey, Johnny."

The Kings went on to win the game 3-2, thanks to an Anze Kopitar goal with less than five minutes to play in regulation time. The win also, for the meantime, inched the Kings back into the Western Conference playoff picture. The Kings finished with an all-time record of 20-25-5-1 in games played against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 

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