I Was There #2: The McFlurry Miracle - LA Kings Insider

Throughout the remainder of the month, LAKI will be reviewing the top 10 moments of the Los Angeles Kings season as a recurring feature entitled “I Was There.”

KingsCast recently finished a similar endeavor, complete with screen grabs, video highlights and commentary. Alex Kinkopf’s #TopTen list is recommended as a great account of the 2012-13 season.

I Was There #2: The McFlurry Miracle

Do you remember Game 6 of the first round series against St. Louis? If you were a nervous wreck – like many of the 18,346 inside Staples Center were – the night may have been an anxious blur with one unforgettable moment of pure, unadulterated joy.

The Kings weren’t particularly good in Game 6. After they had taken a 1-0 lead on a beautiful first period Drew Doughty stutter-shot, the Blues were the much stronger team possession-wise and territorially in the second period. After tying the game at one on a Roman Polak point shot, the Blues continued to provide heavy pressure. Adam Cracknell sprung Ryan Reaves loose on a seam deep in L.A. territory; his forehand-backhand attempt was denied by Quick, who also rebuffed Kevin Shattenkirk’s rebound attempt. Chris Stewart was also denied on a quality opportunity from the slot with the game tied at one.

And then, in the period’s final moments, Los Angeles’ ability to inevitably capitalize on a brief moment of St. Louis vulnerability once again came to light – as it had in many head-to-head meetings between these teams over the last two years.

David Backes had the puck on his stick near his own blue line with six seconds remaining in the period. 5.8 seconds later, the puck was behind Brian Elliott, and one of the most massive releases of nervous energy was detonated inside of an uncomfortably tense Staples Center.

courtesy KingsVision

Aesthetic beauty: Very high, though in a bizarre, unexpected sense. Hockey is essentially the testing of Chaos Theory, and the most beautiful characteristics of this goal lie in the sequence of events that eventually places the puck on Dustin Penner’s stick. Never before can I remember seeing a goal materialize so quickly out of the hockey ether. I’ve previously described the sequence of bounces that allowed Justin Williams to send Anze Kopitar loose on a breakaway in overtime of Game 1 of the New Jersey series as the puck being spat loose by a random number generator, and this play has a somewhat similar feel. Had the shot not clipped a piece of Polak’s stick, this game almost certainly heads into the third period tied at one.

Lasting impact: Extremely high. This is Kings history. It is a series-clinching goal. The Kings-Blues series will continue to be referenced with acknowledgement of the heightened emotions and the rugged competitiveness that made it among the most compelling Los Angeles playoff series of all time. The ultimate goal was scored by Dustin Penner, who in the span of 12-to-14 months evolved from a target of fan frustration to a cult-like, practically beloved figure in team lore.

Previously on “I Was There”
#10: Toffoli’s first goal
#9: Quick passes Hrudey
#8: Kopitar’s goal versus Detroit
#7: Game 4 comeback over St. Louis
#6: Slava’s overtime game-winner
#5: Banner raising ceremony
#4: Williams in seven
#3: The White House visit

KingsCast #2: Slava serves ‘Last Call’

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.