Take A Look Back at the history of Frozen Fury

The Kings made NHL history on Sept. 27, 1991, playing in the first NHL Outdoor game outside of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Six years later, the Kings returned to Vegas and started its Annual Frozen Fury. takes a look back at the history of the Kings in Las Veagas.'s Frozen Fury Record Book (from 2009) | All-Time Player Registry (from 2009)

Anze Kopitar tallied two goals - including the game winner on a penalty shot in the third period to help the Kings to a 5-3 win.
Frozen Fury XII - Sept. 26, 2009
LA KINGS 5, Colorado Avalanche 3

Anze Kopitar scored on a penalty shot in the third period to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Saturday night in front of 11,263 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the 12th annual Frozen Fury exhibition. Kopitar's penalty shot followed a controversial ruling in which the referees penalized the Avalanche for covering the puck during a pileup in front of goalie Craig Anderson. With just 6:35 remaining in the game, Kopitar buried the penalty shot with a backhander through Anderson's legs to put the Kings up 4-3. "I just tried to stay calm," said Kopitar, who scored the tying goal in the second period. "I kind of envisioned in my head what I was going to do. I just got in there and fortunately it worked out for me." Los Angeles improved to 9-2-2 in the Frozen Fury.
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Vladimir Dravecky helped the Kings to a lead, but three Avalanche goals in the third period tied the score and TJ Hensick scored in the shootout for a 4-3 Colorado win.
Frozen Fury XI - Sept. 27, 2008
Colorado Avalanche 4, L.A. KINGS 3 SO

Anze Kopitar and Matt Moulson tallied power-play goals and Vladimir Dravecky also scored for the Kings but Jordan Leopold, Matt Hendricks and Darcy Tucker scored for the Avalanche as they tied the score late in the third period and won in a shootout 4-3 over Los Angeles in Frozen Fury XI. The first period was an eventful one, with the Avalanche taking an early 2-0 lead on goals by Hendricks and Tucker. Yet the Kings would score twice in little over a minute on goals by Moulson and Dravecky to tie the score at 2-2 at the end of the first period. The Kings would take a 3-2 lead in the second period on their second power-play goal of the night, this one a Kopitar score. Yet the Kings could not hold on for their ninth Frozen Fury victory, surrendering a goal by Leopold 15:24 into the third period before falling in a shootout.
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Dustin Brown tallied a third-period goal and converted the shoot out game winner as Los Angeles defeated Colorado, 3-2 at Frozen Fury X.
Frozen Fury X - Sept. 22, 2007
L.A. KINGS 3, Colorado Avalanche 2 SO

Anze Kopitar tallied a goal and an assist, Dustin Brown scored a goal and the game-winning shootout goal as the Kings overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to prevail, 3-2 over Colorado in Frozen Fury X. Tyler Arnason put Colorado up early with his first-period goal, the lone score of the period. Yet the Kings tied it 37 seconds into the second on Kopitar's tally. Paul Stastny put the Avalanche back on top a minute later and Brown would tie the score late in the third. After a scoreless OT, Michael Cammalleri and Brown converted on the shootout while Jonathan Bernier stopped both Colorado attempts to secure the win. The Kings shutdown the Avalanche’s power-play, killing all four penalties.
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Patrick O'Sullivan scored the game winner with 52 seconds remaining.
Frozen Fury IX - Sept. 23, 2006
L.A. KINGS 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

Kings rookie center Patrick O'Sullivan scored with 52 seconds remaining as the Kings overcame a two-goal deficit with a three-goal third-period outburst for an exciting, come-from-behind, 3-2 win over the Avalanche. Colorado’s John Laliberte gave the Avalanche the lead with the lone goal of the second period. After falling behind 2-0 on a power-play goal by Colorado’s Jeff Finger, the Kings scored three unanswered goals – Lubomir Visnovsky (6:56), Alexander Frolov (16:26), and O’Sullivan (19:08) – to take the game and improve their Frozen Fury record to 7-3. Goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Peter Budaj each made 22 saves.
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Dustin Brown gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead, but Colorado would come back for an OT win.
Frozen Fury VIII - Sept. 24, 2005
Colorado Avalanche 2, L.A. KINGS 1 OT

Coming off a year-long layoff due to the lockout, the Kings and Avalanche once again fed off the Las Vegas energy to provide a thrilling finish. Steve Konowalchuk beat L.A. goalie Jason LaBarbera 57 seconds into overtime to give the Avs a 2-1 triumph over the Kings. Following two scoreless periods, Dustin Brown got the Kings on the board first with their only goal 4:07 into the third period on a power-play. Despite an outstanding effort from LaBarbera in which he made 20 saves, and some fancy dance moves from Jeremy Roenick, Colorado managed to tie the game on a short-handed goal by Antti Laaksonen. The Kings out-shot the Avalanche 30-22 yet lost the game.
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Luc Robitaille tallied a goal and an assist to help the Kings improve to 6-2 in the Frozen Fury.
Frozen Fury VII - Sept. 27, 2003
L.A. KINGS 3, Colorado Avalanche 1

The Kings continued their Frozen Fury dominance at Frozen Fury VII, beating the Avalanche, 3-1. The win was the third straight victory for Los Angeles and helped build their Frozen Fury record to 6-2. Eric Belanger and Derek Armstrong were the big heroes for L.A, both tallying third period goals to seal the win. After a scoreless first period, Kings left winger Luc Robitaille gave the Kings an early 1-0 lead with a goal 2:56 into the second period. Colorado would tie the game at 1-1 with a second period penalty shot by Cody McCromick, but goals by Belanger and Armstrong in the final period proved too much for the Avalanche to overcome. The Kings were effective in their penalty killing, as the Avalanche were 0-of-8 on power-plays. | Box Score

Adam Deadmarsh tallied the game winner against his former club in a wild 6-5 win.
Frozen Fury VI - Oct. 5, 2002
L.A. KINGS 6, Colorado Avalanche 5

Frozen Fury VI may have started slow but that was no indication of what was to come. After the Avalanche netted the only goal of the first period with Steven Reinprecht’s short-handed goal, Los Angeles and Colorado combined for 10 more goals, including seven in the third period, as L.A. snuck by with a 6-5 win. After falling behind 2-0 in the second period, goals by Kings center Eric Belanger and left wing Derek Armstrong tied the game at 2-2 heading into the final period. The third period proved to be exciting, the two teams scoring a total of seven goals in the period. Adam Deadmarsh, a former member of the Colorado Avalanche, scored as a member of the Kings in the eventful third period, redeeming himself in the eyes of Kings fans. Left winger Alexander Frolov scored the final goal of the night for the Kings. Los Angeles goaltender Felix Potvin out-dueled Colorado’s legendary goaltender, Patrick Roy, making 30 saves to Roy’s 26. | Box Score

Ziggy Palffy started the Kings comeback as LA erased an early deficit for a 4-3 win.
Frozen Fury V - Sept. 22, 2001
L.A. KINGS 4, San Jose Sharks 3

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Kings exploded for four goals in the final two periods to walk away from Frozen Fury V with a 4-3 triumph over the San Jose Sharks. San Jose center Mike Ricci scored the first goal of the game, giving the Sharks the lead 5:07 into the first period. Yet the Kings would not be disheartened as Los Angeles netted two goals in the second period by center Randy Robitaille and right wing Ziggy Palffy to head into the final period tied at 2-2. After the Sharks moved ahead 3-2 on a goal by Owen Nolan, the Kings would score twice in a little over a minute of gametime on goals by Jaroslav Bednar and Jozef Stumpel. | Box Score

Rob Blake tallied 1-2=3, but Chris Drury's late goal gave Colorado the win.
Frozen Fury IV - Sept. 30, 2000
Colorado Avalanche 5, L.A. KINGS 4

The fourth version of Frozen Fury was a race to the finish as for three periods, the Kings and Colorado Avalanche traded goals back-and-forth, tying the score on four separate occasions. It was the Avalanche, however, that had the last laugh, thanks to a late third-period goal by Colorado forward Chris Drury with just 31 seconds left in the game. Peter Forsberg was a force for the Avs, accumulating two goals and two assists, while Rob Blake dished out two assists and netted a goal of his own for L.A. The Kings took an early 1-0, scoring the lone goal of the first period on a goal by defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky. The second period saw a total of five goals scored – three by the Avalanche, two by the Kings – sending the game into the third period with the teams tied at 3-3. The Kings took a 4-3 lead in the third period on a goal by center Bob Corkum, but the goals by Forsberg and Drury gave Colorado the win. | Box Score

Stephane Fiset recorded the first shutout in Frozen Fury history, stopping 19 shots for the SO.
Frozen Fury III - Sept. 11, 1999
L.A. KINGS 4, Phoenix Coyotes 0

It didn't take long for Frozen Fury III to turn into a romp. L.A. defenceman Aki-Petteri Berg scored 21 seconds into the first period, helping lead the way to a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Craig Johnson, Dan Bylsma and Len Barrie all tallied goals for Los Angeles while the Kings out-shot the Coyotes 39-19. Goaltender Stephane Fiset pitched a shutout in net, stopping all 19 shots he faced. Both teams spent quite some time in the penalty box, with the Coyotes totaling 63 minutes in the box and the Kings 53 minutes. | Box Score

Glen Murray tallied the tying goal in the first game of the only double header in Frozen Fury history.
Frozen Fury II - Sept. 19-20, 1998
Game 1 - L.A. KINGS 3, Colorado Avalanche 2
Game 2 - Colorado Avalanche 5, L.A. Kings 4

Frozen Fury II was unique for several reasons, not the least of which was that it marked the only double header in the history of the event. It also featured a glimpse into the future, as the Kings and Avs settled Game 1 with a post-game shootout, something that would become a regularity in the NHL seven years later.

Game 1 of the 1998 Frozen Fury would end in a 2-2 tie before the Kings won a 10-round overtime shootout, giving Los Angeles a 3-2 win. After trailing 1-0 on a goal by Colorado center Chris Drury in the first period, Kings forward Pavel Rosa tied the game with a goal just 57 seconds into the second period. However, less than five minutes later Colorado regained the lead on a goal by right winger Milan Hejduk. The Kings were able to net another quick goal, this one coming on a power-play 44 seconds into the third period by right winger Glen Murray. Kings right winger Sandy Moger gave Los Angeles a 3-2 win with his shootout goal in the 10th round. | Box Score

The two teams met up again the very next night, only this time it would be Colorado that came out on top, 5-4. The Kings trailed 2-1 after the first period, but took a 3-2 lead in the second period on goals by Stacey Moger and Scott Barney. After surrendering the lead in the third period, the Kings regained a 4-3 advantage on a power-play goal by left winger Luc Robitaille 7:04 into the third period. Yet the Kings were unable to hang on for the win, surrendering goals by Colorado left wing Valeri Kamensky and right wing David Jones. | Box Score

On Sept. 20, 1997, the Kings and Colorado Avalanche played the first-ever Frozen Fury at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. .
Frozen Fury I - Sept. 20, 1997
L.A. KINGS 4, Colorado Avalanche 3 OT

The first ever Frozen Fury debuted with a bang, as Kings center Donald MacLean netted the game winner 2:51 into overtime to give L.A. a 4-3 victory. MacLean's goal came after Colorado forward Joe Sakic sent the game into overtime by scoring on a power-play with just 40 seconds left in the third period, knotting the score at three. The Avalanche scored first, taking an early 1-0 lead in the first period on center Josef Marha’s goal 13:13 into the period. The two teams traded goals in the second period, with Kings forward Roman Vopath tying the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal before defenceman Eric Messier gave the Avalanche the lead 14:51 into the second period. The Kings took a 3-2 lead in the third period on goals by center Olli Jokinen and left winger Craig Johnson, setting up Sakic’s tying goal with 40 seconds left.
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The Kings made NHL history with the first ever outdoor game at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Kings Make NHL History - Sept. 27, 1991
L.A. KINGS 5, New York Rangers 2

The Las Vegas strip provided the background for the first ever NHL exhibition game to be held outdoors. The Kings and the Rangers battled under the lights outside Caesars Palace - the first hockey game played in Las Vegas since 1968 - in mid-80 degree temperatures. The game drew a crowd of 13,000, most of whom wore shorts and t-shirts to take it all in. "We were a little bit in awe and I'm sure (the Rangers) were too," said Wayne Gretzky, who tallied a goal, about the outdoor game. "We kept looking at each other and couldn't believe we were playing hockey in 80-degree weather. But it was real nice."
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