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LAst Night's Action: Kings Not Up for the Fight

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Lightning's David Koci and Kings' Raitis Ivanans scuffle during the first period. AP Photo/Gus Ruelas

Tampa Bay Lightning defeat LA Kings 3-1. The Kings couldn't muster much of anything giving up two quick goals at the end of the first period. Their only comeback was a slapshot goal by Peter Harrold at the end of the second period assisted by Anze Kopitar. It's not looking good for the Kings right now especially with the Detroit Red Wings on their way to town.

Notable Notes

  • After a distinguished career as a head coach in the NFL, Tony Dungy calls it a day. He got his first job turning around the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise in 1996 and moved on to the Indianapolis Colts in 2002. He would eventually win the Super Bowl with the Colts in the 2006 season against my beloved Bears becoming the first black head coach to lead a team to the Lombardi trophy. In 13 years as a head coach he only missed the playoffs twice and had a losing record once in his first year at Tampa Bay where they still wore the Creamsicle unis.
  • Guess who's coming back for dinner? Why it's none other than roid raging Guillermo Mota! Back in the Jim Tracy days he was the set up guy for Eric Gagne. Then in 2004 he was part of the deadline trade with Paul LoDuca and Juan Encanarcion to the Florida Marlins for Brad Penny, Hee-hee-hee Seop Choi and Bill Murphy that was blasted at the time by LA fans but ended up being pretty good in the end. He's since pitched for the Indians and Mets before being reunited with Eric Gagne in Milwaukee last season.
  • In the biggest WTF story I've heard in a long time, New York Knicks' Eddy Curry is being accused of sexual harassment by his former driver. I can't even begin to describe the allegations. All I have to say that if it's true, then perhaps Curry would have been better served eschewing the sausage and ordering some salad.
  • Congratulations to Mike Scioscia and the Angels. Scioscia reportedly signed a ten-year extension with the Angels that would keep him under contract until 2018.
  • Another round of congrats go to weirdo third-person Rickey Henderson and chap-ass Jim Rice for making it into the Hall of Fame. Inexplicably Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven and Lee Smith fell short of the 75% threshold.
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