So was Jim
Wiemer's wrist shot from a tough angle at 4:14 of the third period, which
proved to be the game-winner. Wiemer had spent most of his season with the Cape
Breton (Nova Scotia) Oilers in Edmonton's minor league system. In March, Sather
traded Wiemer to L.A. and then told the Los Angeles Times he had no qualms
about the deal because Wiemer was old and slow. Nothing wrong with his wrist
shot though, eh, Slats?
Finally there was
the curious case of Chris Kontos, who was a first-round draft pick of the New
York Rangers in 1982. A left wing who earned a rep for having an "attitude
problem," he spent time in the minors in each of the six previous seasons
and admits, "I made some mistakes. I'd rather not discuss them now." He
ended up playing in Switzerland this season.
In six games with
the Kings last year, Kontos had a dozen points, yet Kings general manager Rogie
Vachon wouldn't promise him employment for the new season. This March, when the
season ended for his Swiss team, Kontos offered his services, and Vachon
decided to sign him. Easier said than done. The Kings faxed a copy of the
contract to the only place they could find with a fax machine in Kontos's
hometown of Midland, Ont.—Beaver Lumber. Kontos signed it, and the lumberyard
faxed a copy to the league office minutes before the free-agent signing
It was worth the
trouble. When Bernie Nicholls's slap shot ricocheted off Kontos's arm and into
the net, giving the Kings a 2-1 lead on Saturday, it was Kontos's eighth goal
of the playoffs, tops in the league. Not too shabby for a guy who spent most of
the regular season playing in Europe.
thrilled to the comeback. Before Game 5, Ftorek read a letter from that
renowned rightwinger, Ronald Reagan, who exhorted the Kings to—what
else—"Win one for the Gipper!" They did, by a score of 4-2.
When the Kings
returned from Edmonton for Saturday's seventh game, their dressing room was
adorned with bouquets of balloons sent by Magic Johnson. Once the game began,
Kathleen Turner, Jack Nicholson, Sly Stallone and various other indigenous
luminaries offered vocal support.
Stallone's name was flashed on the Forum's message board, it received only a
fraction of the applause accorded an employee of L.A. radio station KLOS, a
gentleman known only as Robert "the Lucky Butt."
Hours before Game
5, with the Forum still empty, the Lucky Butt was escorted to center ice, where
he dropped his trousers and pressed his bare buns to the face-off circle.
The Kings won, so
KLOS flew Robert to Edmonton, where he repeated his strange rite. "Kind of
gives you goose bumps just thinking about it," said Kings captain Dave
The Lucky Butt
made a third appearance Saturday, but seemed to have exhausted its powers late
in the second period. With the game tied 3-3 and the Kings on the power play,
John Tonelli scored cleanly on a blistering slap shot from the point. Alas, the
puck hit a pipe that runs down the back of the goal and bounced out. Though
this was evident on TV replays, it happened too fast for the goal judge, and
the Kings were robbed of a goal.