January 20, 2006

9th round pick Luc Robitaille become Kings leading goal scorer.: Robitaille scored goals no. 551 and 552 to pass Marcel Dionne. Robitaille added an empty netter to cap his 15th career hat trick.

posted by Desert Dog to hockey at 12:48 PM - 29 comments

Oh yeah, and no.550 also.

posted by Desert Dog at 12:57 PM on January 20

Good on you Lucky. More news: Dionne Showed Robitaille the Way: Two old friends, a generation and a continent apart, crossed paths Thursday, when Luc Robitaille first tied, then broke Marcel Dionne's King career record of 550 goals. Robitaille takes Kings' all-time goal lead: For the first time in his life, Luc Robitaille is looking down at Marcel Dionne instead of up to his boyhood idol.

posted by NoMich at 12:58 PM on January 20

Thanks, NoMich, those are awesome posts. Luc seems like a genuinely nice person. It's refreshing to see professional athletes who realize what they have and truly appreciate it.

posted by Desert Dog at 01:09 PM on January 20

Congrats to Lucky. Loved him in Sudden Death. I was born after Dionne's hayday so when I hear Kings I think of Luc right away. One thing I've always thought about and maybe some of you all could get me a good answer for this: 5 out of the top twent goal scorers are left wingers (Luc, Andreychuck, Hull, Shanahan and Bucyk) 7 are centermen (Gretzky, Dionne, Esposito, Messier, Lemieux, Yzerman, and Sakic) and 8 are rightwingers (Howe, Hull the younger, Gartner, Ciccarelli, Kurri, Bossy, Jagr, Lafleur) Why is the left wing the lower scoring foward?

posted by HATER 187 at 01:34 PM on January 20

I think that Luc is among the top ten best offensive players ever in the NHL. I think that Luc is also the best left winger ever to wear a Kings uniform, and there have been many great players. I also think that no palyer has impacted the Kings like Luc (helped them). Now Luc has quite a bit of playing left in him, if he could bring Lord Stanley's Cup to L.A....

posted by Joe88 at 01:39 PM on January 20

Now that he has passed that milestone he can learn how to play defense

posted by westcoast at 01:56 PM on January 20

HATER, that is a good question. The obvious asymmetry that springs to mind is that most goalies probably hold the stick in their right hand (same way most ballplayers catch with their left hand). So maybe it's harder for a left-hand shot to score. But I am not sure that the stat you quote really proves the case. These are the freaks among the freaks that you are talking about, and there isn't that big a difference.

posted by Amateur at 02:18 PM on January 20

I was kinda thinking along the same lines as amateur. Maybe goalies can see the puck better coming from a right handed shot from the left wing (that is, of course, assuming most left wings are righties)

posted by willthrill72 at 02:26 PM on January 20

After Bucyk at #20 on the list there is a big drop off. It's just centers and right wings until you get down to Bondra at #38. But you are right Amateur, I guess a goals per game average for each position would be a better way to gauge this. I can accept the stick side vs glove side as an answer.

posted by HATER 187 at 02:36 PM on January 20

Hater, don't let the word get out about left wings. It's hard enough getting kids to play defense because they all want to be goal scorers.

posted by njsk8r20 at 02:43 PM on January 20

Left wings are notoriously misjudged. Luc needed to escape LA to get a Stanley Cup under his belt, and then returned the next year although nobody played. Some of us wondered in Detroit why he went back, but now we see why. He's scoring a lot there because of their unbalanced attack, but they are also doing quite well, (albeit not vs. Detroit) and he is a local King again. Congrats, Luc. You deserve it.

posted by mrhockey at 03:19 PM on January 20

This is the last kick at the can for Lucky Luc and hey - I've always been a fan of his - more power to him. However, he is hardly to be counted among the truly great players. Most similar players - Dino Ciccarelli and Dave Andreychuk. That said, it was amazing to me how little he produced in Pittsburgh and Detroit - but as soon as he got back to LA, boom - goal scoring machine again. By many accounts, a really nice guy to boot. One of those guys who adopted a New Orleans family as well.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:37 PM on January 20

Hater - I think you'll find that a great deal of really good left wing shots, also end up as centremen (that list of centres is almost entirely left-shooting). The guys who stick to left wing and do well are almost always pure shooters and in close scorers, but are not playmakers. Right-shooters are more rare, and thus seem to stick to the position regardless of whether or not they're pass first guys or shooters.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:42 PM on January 20

The guys who stick to left wing and do well are almost always pure shooters and in close scorers The top four Left wingers in goal scoring fit this profile perfectly. On a personal note, I love the hockey talk round these parts. I just want to kidnap all of you, lock you up in my closet, and pull you out every night for hockey games, buffalo wings and diet fanta.

posted by HATER 187 at 04:07 PM on January 20

Luc Robitaille:NHL::Eddie Murray:MLB (without the media-implied attitude problem) - both won only one individual trophy (rookie of the year) - both won only one championship - both had long productive careers, but the last couple of years were more for completing the legacy than building on it - both were never considered the best player in the league at any time, but were always considered an all-star - often got overshadowed by flashier/more famous players on their own team - will walk/has walked into the HOF on the first ballot

posted by grum@work at 04:24 PM on January 20

Nice analogy, grum.

posted by willthrill72 at 04:33 PM on January 20

Joe88, when the Cup comes to L.A., I'll see you at the parade. But if it comes to Anaheim first, I'll eat a bullet, I swear! I hope I never see the day the Mighty Fucks hoist the cup.

posted by Desert Dog at 05:00 PM on January 20

I liked Robitaille when he played for Detroit, but I'm thrilled for him to be back where he's playing so well.

posted by Rino23 at 05:20 PM on January 20

I'm new to the board, as this is my first post. Just want to say that Desert Dog hit the nail on the head. Go Kings!!!!

posted by daddygehrs at 05:53 PM on January 20

Good for luc he is one of the most underrated players in the game he did well in Detroit getting them a cup

posted by stevie_wonder at 06:25 PM on January 20

Sorry Desert Dog, but the cup isn't coming anywhere near L.A. this year (its going to be back in Detroit where it belongs).

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:31 PM on January 20

back in Detroit where it belongs Wait a minute there, tiger. The Wings took 40 years to get over Ted Lindsay's loss. That doesn't give them much automatic entitlement. The Cup belongs in Montreal. It seems to have lost its way back home, though.

posted by qbert72 at 08:43 PM on January 20

No way, the Cup belongs to Exene Cervenka. And. You. Know. It!

posted by NoMich at 09:00 PM on January 20

No way, the Cup belongs to Exene Cervenka. And. You. Know. It! Damn straight!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:01 PM on January 20

JOE 88. U R SOOOO WRONG MAN. how can u say he is one of the best nhl defensemen in the nhl ever to play??? i mean, did u pull that out of ur ass? really think about it, bobby orr, chris chelios, sean hill, rob blake..... there are soooo many better players out there.

posted by siouxhocky at 09:03 PM on January 23

If you go back and read joe88's post, he stated Luc is one of the best OFFENSIVE players (he even stated left winger). Why in the world would you be comparing Luc to a handful of blueliners?

posted by willthrill72 at 08:56 AM on January 24

I think that Luc is among the top ten best offensive players ever in the NHL. posted by Joe88 at 1:39 PM CST on January 20

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:00 PM on January 24


posted by siouxhocky at 03:22 PM on January 26

O.K. Thanks for playing. We have a lovely parting gift for you...

posted by willthrill72 at 04:03 PM on January 26

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