Friday, October 07, 2005


The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday night, registering Gretzky’s second loss behind the bench. Wayne Gretzky committed the first major mistake of his NHL coaching career against his old team. Alexander Frolov of Los Angeles scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the second period, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyote, giving Gretzky a winless start. With this Andy Murray became the Kings’ all-time winningest coach with his 179th victory. However, Gretzky persona was not any less, he still earned the limelight due to his new incarnation as a head coach with the long underachieving Phoenix Coyotes. Gretzky has realized that his numbers are now sounding basic and meager since coaching has a different magnitude. For a position that is all about teaching and guidance, he has accepted the fact that the appraisal of all coaches begins and ends either wins or losses, which determine their stay in a particular team.

Gretzky in his eight seasons in Los Angeles led the Kings to the Stanley Cup finals in 1993 and surpassed Gordie Howe as hockey's all-time leading goal scorer at the old Forum in Inglewood. The crowd of 18,118 was simply moved by his presence when he was shown on the scoreboard late in the second period.