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TODAY IN KINGS HISTORY

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Marcel Dionne would tally the GW goal in the Kings 7-4 win over Boston. Don Kozak got it started with his record setting goal.

With the Kings having dropped the first two games in Boston and then falling by a 7-6 score in Game Three at the Forum in Los Angeles, the Kings were facing elimination in Game Four on April 17, 1977.

Kozak's Goal

But RW Don Kozak intercepted a Bruins pass and set an NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs record by scoring just six seconds into the game to put the Kings up 1-0 in an eventual 7-4 victory in Game Four that would extend the Quarter Finals series. Los Angeles would then win at Boston 3-1 on April 19 before being eliminated two nights later in Game Six, 4-3.

In addition to Kozak’s first-period, record-setting goal, RW Frank St. Marseille scored off assists by Defensemen Larry Brown and Gary Sargent at 18:39 as the Kings took a 2-0 advantage into the first intermission.

Boston got on the board just 1:30 into the second period on a goal by center Peter McNab from Wayne Cashman and Gregory Sheppard to cut the lead to 2-1.

But the Kings would extend the cushion back to two goals at 15:56, when Butch Goring scored on the power play off assists from forwards Mike Murphy and Tom Williams.

At 18:40, Sargent extended the lead with the Kings fourth goal of the contest (Williams, Murphy), to take a 4-1 lead into the third period. Sargent would finish the game with a goal and two assists to lead the Kings.

Boston made it interesting with two goals in the first six minutes to cut the deficit to 4-3. Center Jean Ratelle (Sheppard, Brad Park) converted on the power play at 3:26 and Robert Schmautz made if 4-3 off assists from Smith and Ratelle at 5:51.

Los Angeles then put the game away with three goals in a four minute, 38 second span, with a four-on-four goal by Marcel Dionne (Neil Komadoski) and another 48 seconds later by Murphy from (Robert Murdoch, Goring) to make it 6-3.

Gene Carr then converted at 14:45 off assists from Sargent and Bert Wilson. Boston’s Rick Middleton would score at 15:08 (Wayne Cashman, Donald Marcotte) to account for the scoring.

Rogie Vachon earned the win for Los Angeles, while Gilles Gilbert took the loss for the Burins after replacing Gary Cheevers at start of third.

The Bob Pulford-led Kings had finished the regular season with a 34-31-15 mark (83 points) and a second-place finish in the Norris Division. Los Angeles dispatched of the Atlanta Flames in three games before losing to Boston in six. The Bruins went 49-23-8 on the season to win their second straight Adams Division Crown, then eliminated the Kings in the Quarter Finals for the second straight seeason, swept the Flyers in the Semi-Finals before falling to Montreal in the Stanley Cup Finals in a sweep.

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