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75-76LAKings
1975–76 Los Angeles Kings · NHL
Division 2nd Norris
1975–76 record 38–33–9
Goals for 263
Goals against 265
Coach Bob Pulford
Captain Mike Murphy
Team leaders

OffseasonEdit

The Kings were coming off their most successful season ever, built largely on the strength of their defense and goaltending. They ranked 2nd in fewest goals allowed in the 1974-75 season, but tied for 9th in goals scored. In addition, while their penalty killing was excellent, their power play ranked in the lower third of the league. Finally, their early round playoff upset by Toronto (where the Kings scored only 6 goals in 3 games) prompted them to make one of the biggest trades in club history. High scoring superstar Marcel Dionne was in a contract dispute with the Detroit Red Wings and was available to a team that would meet his salary demands. So to bolster the offense, they Kings traded veteran defenseman and team captain Terry Harper and tough guy forward Dan Maloney along with draft picks to the Detroit Red Wings for future hall of famer Dionne and defenseman Bart Crashley. They then gave Dionne one of the richest contracts in NHL history up to that point at $300,000 per year.

Regular SeasonEdit

Unlike the prior season when the Kings started fast, after the first two games in 1975-76, they were 0-2-0 and had been outscored 16-0! It was later revealed that golatender Rogie Vachon was playing with a flu like virus related to typhus. Vachon recovered and the Kings won 10 of their next 12 games to right the ship. However, they played .500 hockey the rest of the way and finished 27 points behind the Montreal Canadiens in the Norris Division. While Dionne delivered a club record 40 goals and 94 points, the team missed Harper's leadership and defense, and Maloney's tough guy presence. A number of players missed significant time with injuries, and the club actually scored 6 fewer goals that the year before despite the addition of Dionne. The Kings ended up with a record of 38-33-9, 2nd in the Norris Division and 6th overall in the league.

Post SeasonEdit

The Kings mini series opponent was the Atlanta Flames. The Kings scored in the 1st minute of game one and went on to win 2-1 behind Vachon's brilliant goaltending. In game 2, Atlanta tried to physically overwhelm the Kings but Vachon was even better than in game one; Bob Berry's 3rd period goal won the game 1-0 and the series; it was the Kings first playoff series win since 1969.

Boston SeriesEdit

What followed the Atlanta series was one of the most memorable playoff series in Kings history. The Kings were big underdogs against the big, powerful, tradition rich Boston Bruins. Game 1 went accrording to form as the Bruins used their size advantage on the smaller rink at the Boston Garden and smothered the Kings, 4-0. Boston continued to dominate play in game 2, but Rogie Vachon was brilliant and kept the Kings tied at 2 going into ovetime. Butch Goring then stunned the Boston crowd with an overtime winner, and the teams flew to L.A. tied at a game apiece. One the larger ice surface at the Forum, the Kings' offense got going and, led by Marcel Dionne's hat trick, won game 3 by a score of 6-4. Suddenly the Kings led a series in which many thought they would get swept. Boston appreared to wake up and won games 4 and 5, outscoring the Kings 10-1, and again seemed in control of the series. When the Kings skated onto the ice in game 6 back in L.A., the sellout crowd greeted them with a 5 minute standing ovation that delayed the national anthem and the start of the game. Players on both sides said they had never seen anything like it. The game that followed was even more amazing. After a scoreless first period in which Vachon made numerous outstanding saves, the Kings' Tommy Williams beat Gerry Cheevers over the golve hand on a wicked 55 foot slap shot to send the crowd into a frenzy. Boston came right back to tie the game, and then Vachon stopped Terry O'Reilly on a breakaway to keep the score 1-1. As the game wore on, the Bruins appeared to wear down the Kings and they took a 3-1 lead into the final five minutes. Mike Corrigan scored to make it 3-2, and with the crowd going crazy, Corrigan had another chance as he went for a rebound. Cheevers tripped him, but Corrigan swiped at the puck while lying on his stomach and put it in the net to tie the game. After Vachon made numerous great saves, the first overtime was winding down to its final minute when Butch Goring took a pass in the top of the slot and beat Cheevers, sending the crowd into a frenzy and the series back to Boston for the 7th game. Goring's game winner prompted Kings' hall of fame announcer Bob Miller's famous call "We're going back to Boston! We're going back to Boston! We're going back to Boston!" Goring was carried off the ice on his teammates' shoulders while the crowd continued to go crazy. In the 7th game, after a scoreless first period, Boston eventually wore down the Kings and won 3-0.

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 58 11 11 337 174 127
Los Angeles Kings 80 38 33 9 263 265 85
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 35 33 12 339 303 82
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 44 10 226 300 62
Washington Capitals 80 11 59 10 224 394 32

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 8, 19750–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 0–1–0
2LOctober 11, 19750–7 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 0–2–0
3WOctober 12, 19756–4 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 1–2–0
4WOctober 15, 19754–3 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 2–2–0
5WOctober 17, 19755–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 3–2–0
6WOctober 18, 19755–3 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 4–2–0
7LOctober 21, 19751–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 4–3–0
8WOctober 22, 19755–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 5–3–0
9LOctober 24, 19751–7 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 5–4–0
10WOctober 26, 19754–2 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 6–4–0
11WOctober 28, 19756–0 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 7–4–0
12WOctober 30, 19754–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 8–4–0
13WNovember 1, 19753–1 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 9–4–0
14WNovember 5, 19753–1 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 10–4–0
15TNovember 6, 19751–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 10–4–1
16WNovember 8, 19753–1 New York Rangers (1975–76) 11–4–1
17LNovember 11, 19752–3 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 11–5–1
18WNovember 13, 19754–3 New York Islanders (1975–76) 12–5–1
19TNovember 15, 19751–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 12–5–2
20LNovember 19, 19752–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 12–6–2
21LNovember 22, 19753–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 12–7–2
22LNovember 23, 19751–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 12–8–2
23LNovember 25, 19752–4 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 12–9–2
24LNovember 26, 19752–7 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 12–10–2
25WNovember 29, 19758–3 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 13–10–2
26WDecember 2, 19755–3 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 14–10–2
27WDecember 3, 19753–2 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 15–10–2
28WDecember 6, 19753–2 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 16–10–2
29WDecember 10, 19755–0 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 17–10–2
30LDecember 13, 19754–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 17–11–2
31LDecember 17, 19751–2 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 17–12–2
32LDecember 20, 19751–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 17–13–2
33LDecember 22, 19753–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 17–14–2
34WDecember 23, 19754–3 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 18–14–2
35WDecember 26, 19754–2 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 19–14–2
36WDecember 27, 19759–4 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 20–14–2
37LDecember 29, 19751–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 20–15–2
38LDecember 31, 19751–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 20–16–2
39WJanuary 1, 19769–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 21–16–2
40LJanuary 3, 19760–3 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 21–17–2
41WJanuary 7, 19765–2 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 22–17–2
42LJanuary 8, 19764–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 22–18–2
43LJanuary 10, 19763–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 22–19–2
44WJanuary 13, 19763–0 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 23–19–2
45LJanuary 15, 19760–4 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 23–20–2
46LJanuary 17, 19762–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 23–21–2
47WJanuary 18, 19768–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 24–21–2
48WJanuary 22, 19766–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 25–21–2
49LJanuary 24, 19760–5 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 25–22–2
50WJanuary 25, 19764–1 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 26–22–2
51WJanuary 27, 19762–0 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 27–22–2
52TJanuary 29, 19763–3 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 27–22–3
53WJanuary 31, 19767–3 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 28–22–3
54LFebruary 4, 19763–4 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 28–23–3
55LFebruary 7, 19763–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 28–24–3
56TFebruary 10, 19762–2 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 28–24–4
57WFebruary 11, 19767–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 29–24–4
58TFebruary 14, 19762–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 29–24–5
59LFebruary 15, 19764–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 29–25–5
60WFebruary 17, 19762–1 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 30–25–5
61TFebruary 18, 19762–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 30–25–6
62TFebruary 21, 19763–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 30–25–7
63LFebruary 26, 19762–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 30–26–7
64WFebruary 28, 19763–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 31–26–7
65LFebruary 29, 19761–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 31–27–7
66LMarch 3, 19763–5 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 31–28–7
67LMarch 6, 19761–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 31–29–7
68WMarch 9, 19766–1 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 32–29–7
69WMarch 11, 19764–3 New York Rangers (1975–76) 33–29–7
70LMarch 13, 19761–4 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 33–30–7
71LMarch 16, 19762–4 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 33–31–7
72WMarch 20, 19764–3 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 34–31–7
73TMarch 21, 19764–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 34–31–8
74TMarch 24, 19761–1 New York Islanders (1975–76) 34–31–9
75LMarch 26, 19763–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 34–32–9
76WMarch 27, 19767–3 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 35–32–9
77WMarch 30, 19768–6 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 36–32–9
78WMarch 31, 19762–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 37–32–9
79WApril 3, 19765–1 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 38–32–9
80LApril 4, 19762–5 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 38–33–9

PlayoffsEdit

Mini Series

  • Kings 2 Flames 1
  • Kings 1 at Flames 0

Quarter Finals

  • Kings 0 at Bruins 4
  • Kings 3 at Bruins 2 (OT)
  • Kings 6 Bruins 4
  • Kings 0 Bruins 3
  • Kings 1 at Bruins 7
  • Kings 4 Bruins 3 (OT)
  • Kings 0 at Bruins 4

Player statsEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

  • January 24, 1976 - Obtained defenseman Ab DeMarco from the Vancouver Canucks for future considerations.

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

  • 2nd round, 3rd pick, #21 overall - Steve Clippingdale
  • 3rd round, 13th pick, #49 overall - Don Moores
  • 4th round, 13th pick, #67 overall - Bob Mears
  • 5th round, 13th pick, #85 overall - Robert Palmer
  • 6th round, 13th pick, #103 overall - Larry McRae

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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