1989–90 Los Angeles Kings season

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1989–90 Los Angeles Kings
Division 4th Smythe
Conference 8th Campbell
1989–90 record 34–39–7
Home record 21–16–3
Road record 13–23–4
Goals for 338
Goals against 337
Team information
General Manager Rogatien Vachon
Coach Tom Webster
Captain Wayne Gretzky
Alternate captains Larry Robinson
Dave Taylor
Arena Great Western Forum
Team leaders
Goals Luc Robitaille (52)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (102)
Points Wayne Gretzky (142)
Penalties in minutes Marty McSorley (322)
Plus/minus Tim Watters (+23)
Wins Kelly Hrudey (22)
Goals against average Ron Scott (3.67)
<1988–89 1990–91>

The 1989-90 Los Angeles Kings season saw the Kings compile a record of 34-39-7 for 75 points, good enough for fourth place in the Smythe Division. They defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers in the second round. For the Kings, this was the second consecutive year that they eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions in the first round of the playoffs, only to be swept in the following round by the eventual Cup champions. In both years, they involved both teams from the province of Alberta.

This season saw Kings captain Wayne Gretzky become the all-time leading scorer in NHL history (see below for more details). Gretzky also led the league in scoring for the year, winning the Art Ross Memorial Trophy.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Mario Gosselin was the first goaltender in NHL history to lose a game without giving up a goal.[1] Gosselin filled in for Kelly Hrudey and the Kings would give up an empty net goal. The result was a 7-6 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

On Wednesday, October 25, 1989, the Kings were shut out at home 5-0 by the Calgary Flames. It was the first time the team had been shut out in a regular-season game since Wednesday, March 12, 1986 when they lost at home 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to the loss against the Flames, the Kings had scored at least one goal in 261 consecutive regular-season games.[2][3][4][5][6]

Wayne Gretzky's scoring record[edit]

On October 15, 1989, playing in only his 780th career game, Wayne Gretzky became the all-time leading scorer in NHL history, breaking the record of 1,850 career points set by his idol, Gordie Howe. Gretzky set the new record on a game-tying goal against Bill Ranford in the final minute of a contest against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, in Edmonton. Afterwards, Howe was on hand to congratulate Gretzky on his accomplishment. The Kings went on to win the game in overtime.

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Calgary Flames 80 42 23 15 348 265 99
Edmonton Oilers 80 38 28 14 315 283 90
Winnipeg Jets 80 37 32 11 298 290 85
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 39 7 338 337 75
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 41 14 245 306 64

[7]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Campbell Conference[8]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Calgary Flames SMY 80 42 23 15 348 265 99
2 Edmonton Oilers SMY 80 38 28 14 315 283 90
3 Chicago Blackhawks NRS 80 41 33 6 316 294 88
4 Winnipeg Jets SMY 80 37 32 11 298 290 85
5 St. Louis Blues NRS 80 37 34 9 295 279 83
6 Toronto Maple Leafs NRS 80 38 38 4 337 358 80
7 Minnesota North Stars NRS 80 36 40 4 284 291 76
8 Los Angeles Kings SMY 80 34 39 7 338 337 75
9 Detroit Red Wings NRS 80 28 38 14 288 323 70
10 Vancouver Canucks SMY 80 25 41 14 245 306 64

Divisions: NRS – Norris, SMY – Smythe

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 5, 1989 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 1–0–0
2 L October 7, 1989 5–6 Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 1–1–0
3 W October 8, 1989 5–0 Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 2–1–0
4 L October 11, 1989 4–7 New York Islanders (1989–90) 2–2–0
5 W October 13, 1989 6–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 3–2–0
6 W October 15, 1989 5–4 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 4–2–0
7 L October 17, 1989 2–3 Boston Bruins (1989–90) 4–3–0
8 W October 21, 1989 6–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 5–3–0
9 L October 22, 1989 4–7 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1989–90) 5–4–0
10 L October 25, 1989 0–5 Calgary Flames (1989–90) 5–5–0
11 W October 27, 1989 3–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 6–5–0
12 L October 29, 1989 1–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 6–6–0
13 W October 31, 1989 8–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 7–6–0
14 L November 2, 1989 4–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (1989–90) 7–7–0
15 L November 4, 1989 3–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 7–8–0
16 L November 5, 1989 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 7–9–0
17 L November 8, 1989 4–5 Calgary Flames (1989–90) 7–10–0
18 W November 11, 1989 5–4 Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 8–10–0
19 W November 14, 1989 8–6 @ Calgary Flames (1989–90) 9–10–0
20 T November 15, 1989 2–2 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 9–10–1
21 W November 18, 1989 5–3 Washington Capitals (1989–90) 10–10–1
22 W November 22, 1989 6–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1989–90) 11–10–1
23 W November 25, 1989 7–4 Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 12–10–1
24 T November 26, 1989 3–3 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 12–10–2
25 L November 30, 1989 6–7 Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 12–11–2
26 W December 2, 1989 6–0 New York Rangers (1989–90) 13–11–2
27 W December 6, 1989 5–4 OT Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 14–11–2
28 L December 8, 1989 4–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 14–12–2
29 W December 10, 1989 8–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1989–90) 15–12–2
30 T December 11, 1989 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 15–12–3
31 W December 13, 1989 5–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 16–12–3
32 L December 15, 1989 5–7 @ New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 16–13–3
33 L December 16, 1989 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 16–14–3
34 W December 19, 1989 9–5 Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 17–14–3
35 W December 21, 1989 6–1 Quebec Nordiques (1989–90) 18–14–3
36 W December 23, 1989 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 19–14–3
37 T December 27, 1989 5–5 OT Calgary Flames (1989–90) 19–14–4
38 L December 30, 1989 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 19–15–4
39 W January 1, 1990 7–4 @ Washington Capitals (1989–90) 20–15–4
40 L January 2, 1990 3–5 @ New York Islanders (1989–90) 20–16–4
41 L January 4, 1990 2–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 20–17–4
42 L January 6, 1990 4–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 20–18–4
43 L January 9, 1990 3–4 St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 20–19–4
44 T January 11, 1990 3–3 OT Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 20–19–5
45 L January 13, 1990 3–6 Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 20–20–5
46 L January 16, 1990 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 20–21–5
47 W January 18, 1990 9–4 Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 21–21–5
48 T January 23, 1990 3–3 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 21–21–6
49 L January 25, 1990 6–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 21–22–6
50 L January 27, 1990 1–3 New York Rangers (1989–90) 21–23–6
51 W January 30, 1990 5–2 New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 22–23–6
52 L February 1, 1990 4–7 Chicago Blackhawks (1989–90) 22–24–6
53 W February 3, 1990 4–3 Calgary Flames (1989–90) 23–24–6
54 W February 6, 1990 5–3 @ Calgary Flames (1989–90) 24–24–6
55 L February 8, 1990 1–5 Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 24–25–6
56 L February 10, 1990 6–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 24–26–6
57 L February 12, 1990 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 24–27–6
58 L February 14, 1990 5–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 24–28–6
59 L February 15, 1990 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 24–29–6
60 W February 17, 1990 7–1 Quebec Nordiques (1989–90) 25–29–6
61 W February 19, 1990 3–2 Washington Capitals (1989–90) 26–29–6
62 W February 21, 1990 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 27–29–6
63 L February 24, 1990 4–6 Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 27–30–6
64 W February 28, 1990 4–2 Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 28–30–6
65 L March 2, 1990 3–9 @ Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 28–31–6
66 L March 4, 1990 2–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 28–32–6
67 L March 5, 1990 0–5 @ Calgary Flames (1989–90) 28–33–6
68 L March 7, 1990 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 28–34–6
69 W March 10, 1990 8–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 29–34–6
70 W March 12, 1990 6–2 @ New York Rangers (1989–90) 30–34–6
71 W March 14, 1990 6–5 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 31–34–6
72 W March 17, 1990 5–4 @ Boston Bruins (1989–90) 32–34–6
73 L March 18, 1990 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 32–35–6
74 L March 20, 1990 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 32–36–6
75 W March 22, 1990 3–1 New York Islanders (1989–90) 33–36–6
76 W March 24, 1990 9–3 St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 34–36–6
77 T March 27, 1990 4–4 OT Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 34–36–7
78 L March 29, 1990 0–1 Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 34–37–7
79 L March 31, 1990 3–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 34–38–7
80 L April 1, 1990 4–8 @ Calgary Flames (1989–90) 34–39–7

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 73 40 102 142 42 8 10 4 4
Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille LW 80 52 49 101 38 8 20 0 7
Nicholls, BernieBernie Nicholls C 47 27 48 75 66 -6 8 0 1
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 73 31 37 68 62 -8 15 0 4
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 79 20 42 62 36 -3 6 0 1
Kasper, SteveSteve Kasper C 77 17 28 45 27 4 1 1 4
Krushelnyski, MikeMike Krushelnyski LW/C 63 16 25 41 50 7 2 2 2
Taylor, DaveDave Taylor RW 58 15 26 41 96 17 2 0 1
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 64 7 32 39 34 7 1 0 1
Kudelski, BobBob Kudelski RW 62 23 13 36 49 -7 2 2 3
McSorley, MartyMarty McSorley D 75 15 21 36 322 2 2 1 0
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 28 13 20 33 28 -1 1 1 0
Elik, ToddTodd Elik C 48 10 23 33 41 4 1 0 0
Benning, BrianBrian Benning D 48 5 18 23 104 1 3 0 0
Makela, MikkoMikko Makela RW 45 7 14 21 16 -4 0 0 0
Crowder, KeithKeith Crowder RW 55 4 13 17 93 2 0 0 1
Allison, MikeMike Allison LW 55 2 11 13 78 -6 0 0 1
Miller, JayJay Miller LW 68 10 2 12 224 -6 0 0 1
Granato, TonyTony Granato RW 19 5 6 11 45 -2 1 0 0
Watters, TimTim Watters D 62 1 10 11 92 23 0 0 0
Prajsler, PetrPetr Prajsler D 34 3 7 10 47 -9 1 0 0
Laidlaw, TomTom Laidlaw D 57 1 8 9 42 4 0 0 0
Beck, BarryBarry Beck D 52 1 7 8 53 3 0 0 0
McDonough, HubieHubie McDonough C 22 3 4 7 10 4 0 0 1
Duncanson, CraigCraig Duncanson LW 10 3 2 5 9 1 0 0 0
Kontos, ChrisChris Kontos LW/C 6 2 2 4 4 3 0 0 0
Lindholm, MikaelMikael Lindholm C 18 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 0
Halkidis, BobBob Halkidis D 20 0 4 4 56 4 0 0 0
Bjugstad, ScottScott Bjugstad RW 11 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 1
Fox, JimJim Fox RW 11 1 1 2 0 -1 0 0 1
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner LW 12 1 0 1 28 -10 0 0 0
Blake, RobRob Blake D 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin G 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey G 52 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0
Scott, RonRon Scott G 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Stauber, RobbRobb Stauber G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Walker, GordGord Walker RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey 2860 52 22 21 6 194 4.07 2 1532 1338 .873
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin 1226 26 7 11 1 79 3.87 0 587 508 .865
Scott, RonRon Scott 654 12 5 6 0 40 3.67 0 321 281 .875
Stauber, RobbRobb Stauber 83 2 0 1 0 11 7.95 0 43 32 .744
Team: 4823 80 34 39 7 324 4.03 2 2483 2159 .870
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Elik, ToddTodd Elik C 10 3 9 12 10 1 1 0 0
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 10 2 9 11 6 -2 1 0 0
Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille LW 10 5 5 10 12 -5 1 0 1
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 7 3 7 10 0 -4 1 0 0
Granato, TonyTony Granato RW 10 5 4 9 12 -2 2 1 2
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 10 5 4 9 19 -5 0 0 0
Taylor, DaveDave Taylor RW 6 4 4 8 2 2 2 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 10 2 3 5 10 2 0 0 0
Blake, RobRob Blake D 8 1 3 4 4 -4 1 0 0
Krushelnyski, MikeMike Krushelnyski LW/C 10 1 3 4 12 0 0 0 1
McSorley, MartyMarty McSorley D 10 1 3 4 18 -8 1 0 0
Kudelski, BobBob Kudelski RW 8 1 2 3 2 -5 0 0 0
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 10 1 2 3 6 -6 0 0 0
Kasper, SteveSteve Kasper C 10 1 1 2 2 -4 0 0 0
Miller, JayJay Miller LW 10 1 1 2 10 -6 0 0 0
Benning, BrianBrian Benning D 7 0 2 2 10 -9 0 0 0
Allison, MikeMike Allison LW 4 1 0 1 2 -2 0 1 0
Crowder, KeithKeith Crowder RW 7 1 0 1 9 -1 0 0 0
Kontos, ChrisChris Kontos LW/C 5 1 0 1 0 -6 0 1 0
Halkidis, BobBob Halkidis D 8 0 1 1 8 -7 0 0 0
Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey G 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bjugstad, ScottScott Bjugstad RW 2 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Makela, MikkoMikko Makela RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Prajsler, PetrPetr Prajsler D 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Scott, RonRon Scott G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Watters, TimTim Watters D 4 0 0 0 6 4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey 539 9 4 4 39 4.34 0 265 226 .853
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin 63 3 0 2 3 2.86 0 23 20 .870
Scott, RonRon Scott 32 1 0 0 4 7.50 0 10 6 .600
Team: 634 10 4 6 46 4.35 0 298 252 .846

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Wayne Gretzky, Runner Up, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.16, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/LAK/1986_games.html
  3. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/LAK/1987_games.html
  4. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/LAK/1988_games.html
  5. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/LAK/1989_games.html
  6. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/LAK/1990_games.html
  7. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  8. ^ "1989-1990 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  9. ^ "1989-90 Los Angeles Kings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  10. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.221, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5