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Jeff Carter, Kings make a little history in Game 2

May 16, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

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Obvious comment time: Game 2 was good to Jeff Carter and the playoffs have been great to the Los Angeles Kings. In fact, the team and the player made a little history tonight.

Carter came into Tuesday with one goal but generated a hat trick, the first playoff one of his NHL career. That wasn’t the only thing historic about it, either, as Frank Seravalli points out that it was the Kings’ first playoff hat trick since Wayne Gretzky scored one in 1993. The always-fun Kings Twitter feed points out that Carter now has more goals in the Western Conference finals (three) than the Coyotes (two).

Meanwhile, the Kings’ road prowess continues. They’re now 7-0 on the road in this year’s playoffs and are 9-0 since 2011, which ties the New York Islanders’ NHL record. Lou Korac points out that the Kings haven’t been down in a game since Game 1 … of the St. Louis Blues series. That’s not a record, but it is a jaw-dropper.

That’s impressive stuff, but the Kings don’t have to worry that much about the series shifting to the Staples Center, where they’re still a respectable 3-1 this year. Perhaps they can continue to advance the subjective and not-really-stats-based argument that they might be the best eighth seed in NHL history.

  1. howardforvezina - May 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Hey! James did you fire all the other writers because you wrote 8 straight articles.

  2. jimw81 - May 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    It’s amazing nor surprising the writer is using a tweet by Flyers beat writer. Then come countless articles how flyers traded jeff Carter and richie away blah blah blah…

    • blomfeld - May 16, 2012 at 1:10 AM


      Listen up you two ! … O’Brien’s words aren’t so much reporting, as they are statements of fact ! You Enron lovers need to go back to the desert there and play some more hockey on your stupid melted pond !

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. raiderussell - May 16, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    8th seed playing like a team with an open place in their trophy room for one big silver cup!

  4. kravinmoorhedd - May 16, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    The original article said it was his first hat trick…then a reader pointed out that it was his first playoff hat trick, not his first hat trick overall (he had a few with the Flyers). Now the article is edited to be accurate and the readers comments are deleted…tit’s human to make a mistake or for whatever reason not to fact check your post, but seriously…don’t try to completely wipe out any trace of a mistake, man up and make a correction/addendum or whatever, but don’t try to cover it up. It doesn’t reflect well on yourself or the website.

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