New Series… Old Story

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 31) – And, so it goes. With a clever, patient maneuver, Anze Kopitar resumed the astonishing pattern of the 2012 NHL playoffs by scoring at 8:23 of overtime last night and giving the Los Angeles Read More

Media Frenzy at The Rock

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 30) – Players, coaches and managers of the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings gathered with reporters on the Prudential Center concourse Tuesday afternoon for Stanley Cup Media Day 2012. It was a well-organized Read More

It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 29) – With a nod to the opening line of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album of June 1967, two decades has passed since a critical moment in the post-Stanley Cup era of the Toronto Maple Read More

NHL Logo-Mania

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 27) – Several weeks ago, while in St. Louis covering the Blues-Los Angeles Western Conference semifinal, I posted a blog in this corner that included National Hockey League team logos since 1967 – wondering which Read More

Kings Will Top Devils in Lengthy Final

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 26) – Do I believe the Los Angeles Kings are for real? Yes. Do I believe the Kings will win their first Stanley Cup this spring? Yes. Do I think it will happen as precisely Read More

Ah, the Joy of Commercial Aviation

By HOWARD BERGER PHOENIX (May 24) – Well, folks, I’ve got to be honest: after traveling as a reporter in the National Hockey League for more than two decades, I truly believed I had encountered just about every delay, misadventure Read More

Undisputed Kings of the West

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 23) – Since April 11 of this spring, the Los Angeles Kings have been the best team in the National Hockey League – perhaps unexpectedly, but without debate. If that trend continues between May Read More

Bob Cole Still Going Strong

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 22) – When the subject of hockey broadcasting legends from English-Canada arises, a half-dozen names immediately come to mind: Foster Hewitt, Danny Gallivan, Dan Kelly, Bill Hewitt, Bob Cole and Jim Robson. Others are Read More

L.A. Kings, Sun Both Eclipsed Yesterday

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 21) – Game 4 of the Western Conference final was such a foregone conclusion in these parts that fear seemed to take hold just prior to the opening face-off. While riding the press elevator Read More

Humoring Darryl Sutter Quite a Challenge

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 20) – When history buffs one day reflect on the first century of the National Hockey League, two families will be studied with keen interest: the Patricks and the Sutters. The first were founders Read More

(Mostly) Quiet Hockey Friday

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 19) – The two-day gap between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference final provided the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings the option of staying away from the rink yesterday Read More

Romping Kings Clearly L.A.’s Hope

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 18) – Oh, the money a sports fan in this city could have won had he or she wagered – in the second week of April – that the local hockey team would stick Read More

Hanzal Gets Off Lightly

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 17) – There has been nothing at all to celebrate on the ice for the Phoenix Coyotes in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference final, but the club did get Read More

Kings Demolishing Coyotes, Playoff Marks

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 16) – The handiest item for any reporter covering the Stanley Cup Western Conference final this spring is a record-book – essential to keeping abreast of the steamrolling Los Angeles Kings while they plow Read More

Anderson Remembers His Leaf Roots

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 15) – Among the characteristics of John Anderson that have not changed in the past 35 years are his sense of humor; his golden thatch of hair and his handle-bar mustache. “I still think Read More

No Stopping Road Warriors From L.A.

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 14) – While the Los Angeles Kings haven’t won anything yet, they are methodically piecing together the most impressive Stanley Cup romp in nearly a quarter-century. Not since the dynasty of Wayne Gretzky and Read More

Love Your Mother… While You Can

I WROTE THIS BLOG TWO YEARS AGO ABOUT LOSING MY MOM TO CANCER IN LATE-1995. I HAVE POSTED IT EVERY MOTHER’S DAY SINCE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. PLEASE LOOK IT OVER AND EMBRACE THE MESSAGE WITH ALL YOUR… Read More

Rangers, Kings Will Play For Cup

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 12) – Heading into Saturday night’s deciding game of the Washington – New York Eastern Conference semifinal at Madison Square Garden, I sensed the Rangers may have tempted fate once too often by coming Read More
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