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BOB MILLER'S TOP-10: PLAYOFF GOALS

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Bob Miller

Working for the Kings for the last 35 seasons, Bob Miller has seen a lot of hockey through his Hall of Fame eyes.

The "Voice of the Kings" will team with LAKings.com on occasion to create his Top-10 lists in Kings history.

Starting on Monday, June 2, Miller counted down from No. 10 with Eric Belanger's goal vs. Detroit all the way to the No. 1 goal in Kings playoff history, on Friday, June 6.

This week's topic, the Top-10 Playoff Goals in Kings History.


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10. April 18, 2001 | 700K

Kings center Eric Belanger scores 2:36 into overtime at STAPLES Center as the Kings beat the heavily-favored Detroit Red Wings, 4-3 to even the series at two wins apiece in the first round of the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 4-3 come-from-behind victory will forwever be remembered in Kings lore as the "Frenzy on Figueroa."

With 6:07 left in regulation, the Red Wings led 3-0 but the Kings scored three unasnwered goals (John Thomas, Jozef Stumpel and Bryan Smolinski ) in 5:14 to tie the game. Smolinski scored the tying goal with 53 seconds left in regulation.

Two games later, Deadmarsh scored to give the Kings the win in the series...more on that below.


9. April 17, 1977 | 700K

Don Kozak set a National Hockey League Post Season record when he scores a goal six seconds at the start of the game against Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Gerry Cheevers and the Boston Bruins at the Forum.

The Kings won the opening face off and Kozak came rushing down the right wing and fired from the top of the circle. Twenty-one years later, that mark still stands in the NHL record book as the fastest goal from the start of a Stanley Cup Playoff game.

The Kings won the game, 7-4 but trailed in the series three games to one.


8. April 22, 1976 | 700K

Butch Goring scores 18:28 into overtime at the Forum to beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3 and even the series at three wins apiece.

In the previous game in Boston the Kings had lost, 7-1 and faced elimination until Goring's goal. After the goal, which was scored against Hall of Fame goaltender Gerry Cheevers, the Kings carried Goring off the ice on their shoulders to the roar of the Forum crowd.


7. May 11, 1993 | 700K

Gary Shuchuk scores 6:31 into the second overtime at Vancouver to give the Kings a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks and give the Kings a three games to two lead in the Division Final series.

It is still the Kings record for the longest overtime game as the game lasted 26:31 into overtime.

The Kings won the next game to win the series and advance to the Conference Finals vs. Toronto.


6. April 13, 1989 | 700K

Mike Allison scores one of greatest goals in Kings history as he came down the right wing in Edmonton with Oilers defenseman Randy Gregg draped on his back, circled behind the Oilers net, came out on the left side and while being knocked to the ice put the puck past Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr.

The goal only tied the game at 16:22 of the second period, but Allison's outstanding effort inspired the Kings to a 4-1 victory to tie the series at 3-3.

The Kings won the final game of the series on April 15 in L.A. to come from a three games to one deficit to win the series, 4-3.


5. April 10, 1982 | 700K

Kings rookie Steve Bozek scores with five seconds left in regulation at the Forum as the Kings tied the Edmonton Oilers, 5-5 to send the game into overtime where Daryl Evans won it for the Kings...more on that below.

Los Angeles entered the third period, trailing, 5-0. Bozek's goal capped a five-goal third period for the Kings in the game known as "The Miracle on Manchester."


4. April 14, 1990 | 700K

Mike Krushelnyski scores at 3:14 of the second overtime at the Great Westerm Forum to beat the Calgary Flames, 4-3 and eliminate the Flames four games to two.

The great thing about the goal is that Krushelnyski had been knocked flat on his back in the slot, and while on his back, he flicked the puck into the air and it floated over the outstretched arms of Flames goalie Mike Vernon into the net for the game winner.


3. April 23, 2001 | 700K

Adam Deadmarsh scores 4:48 into overtime at STAPLES Center to give the Kings a 3-2 win and eliminate the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings, 4-2.

After losing the first two games of the series in Detroit, the Kings won four straight.


2. May 27, 1993 | 700K

In L.A., Wayne Gretzky scores 1:41 into overtime at the Forum to give the Kings a 5-4 win over Toronto and even the Western conference final series at three games apiece.

The Kings won the seventh and deciding game in Toronto on May 29 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first and so far only time in Kings history.

The Kings lost that final to Montreal 4-1.


1. April 10, 1982 | 700K

Daryl Evans scores the game-winning goal 2:35 into overtime as the Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of a best-of-five series.

The game is called "The Miracle on Manchester".

The Kings trailed 5-0 at the end of two periods at the Forum, then scored five goals in the third period the tying goal with five seconds left on the clock. The Kings went on to eliminate the heavily favored Oilers in Game 5.

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