Seals First Round Playoff Series Against Los Angeles Kings

Game One -- Wed 4/2/69 -- Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
Los Angeles Kings 5

Due to their second place finish in the Western Division during the regular season the Seals hold home ice advantage versus the fourth place finishing Kings. Oakland's first-ever NHL playoff appearance begins positively as the Seals jump to a 1-0 lead at 11:59 of the first period on a goal by Earl Ingarfield. The Seals hold a 3-2 lead after two periods and are outshooting the Kings 19-14. In the third the Kings take 4-3 lead on two goals by Ed Joyal, however, Oakland's Gene Ubriaco ties the game with 2:33 remaining in regulation. The Kings held a 16-12 shot advantage in the 3rd period. The Kings win quickly in overtime as Ted Irvine scores at the second mark assisted by Gary Peters. The Seals have no shots in overtime as they relinquish the home ice advantage.
Seals: Ingarfield (Odrowski)
LA: Croteau (Lemieux, Joyal)
Seals: Szura (Marshall)
LA: Croteau (White, Lemieux)
Seals: Lacombe
LA: Joyal (H. Hughes)
LA: Joyal (Lemieux)
Seals: Ubriaco (Hicke, Hampson)
LA: (OT) Irvine (Peters)
Shots: Seals on Desjardins, Rutledge -- 31
LA on Smith -- 32
Attendance: 5,449

Game 2 -- Thurs 4/3/69 -- Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
Los Angeles Kings 2
Ted Hampson scores twice in this contest, with Earl Ingarfield assisting on both, as the Seals knot the series 1-1. The first Hampson marker comes on the power play at 1:26 of the opening period with the Kings Ted Irvine in the box. The game is tied 2-2 after two periods, however, the Seals outshoot the Kings 16-11 in the third and score twice to gain a 4-2 win. The series moves to LA for games three and four.
SEALS: Hampson (Vadnais, Ingarfield)
LA: Irvine (Flett, Cahan)
LA: Menard (B. Hughes, Croteau)
SEALS: Hampson (Ehman, Ingarfield)
SEALS: Jarrett (Laughton, Marshall)
SEALS: Dillabough (Ferguson)
SHOTS: Seals on Rutledge -- 34
LA on Smith -- 28
Attendance: 5,232

Game 3 -- Sat 4/5/69 -- Los Angeles, CA
LA 2
The Kings held a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lemieux at 10:21 of the second period. The Seals then scored four unanswered goals in gaining a 5-2 win and 2-1 series lead on the Kings. The Seal's Ted Hampson had two assists in the game on goals by Earl Ingarfield and Gerry Ehman.

LA: Lemieux (Joyal)
SEALS: Szura (Ferguson, Vadnais)
SEALS: Jarrett (Perry, Laughton)
SEALS: Ingarfield (Ehman, Hampson)
SEALS: Laughton (Jarrett, Roberts)
LA: Inglis (MacDonald, Rolfe)
SEALS: Ehman (Hampson, Ingarfield)
SHOTS: Seals on Rutledge, Desjardins -- 29
LA on Smith -- 29
Attendance: 9,118

Game 4 -- Sun 4/6/69 -- Los Angeles, CA

LA 4
Coach Fred Glover is unhappy with the consistency of the Seals play after they lose game four to the Kings leaving the series tied at 2-2. Glover describes the Seal's effort as "spasmodic" and expressed hope it could put together a consistent game. "We're not a fancy club,"Glover said. "We have to work hard and work hard all the time."
Oakland: Ingarfield (Ferguson, Hampson)
LA: White (Menard)
LA: Menard (Flett, Wall)
LA: Cahan (Rolfe, Wall)
LA: B. Hughes (Inglis)
Oakland: Hampson (Ingarfield, Vadnais)
SHOTS: Oakland on Desjardins -- 29
LA on Smith -- 33
Attendance: 6,132

Game 5 -- Wed 4/9/69 -- Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
LA 1
The Seals took a 3-2 edge in the series with a strong 4-1 win over the Kings on the strength of two goals by Bob Dillabough and excellent goaltending of Gary Smith. "This was the best forechecking effort of the series for us" said Glover after the game. "It was a more consistent effort than we've had in a long time, not just spotty. They can win if they play the way they're capable of playing." King's coach Red Kelly said, "The next one is all or nothing. It's at home at least. They beat us at our own game. I had some guys who played their hearts out and some who play half heartedly." Seal's coach Fred Glover says it will all be over Thursday if his Seal's play the way they did tonight. King's forward Bob Wall suffered a back injury in the second period of the game.
Seals: Laughton (Hicke, Marshall)
LA: Croteau (Rolfe)
Seals: Dillabough (Szura, Vadnais)
Seals: Dillabough (Vadnais)
Seals: Ferguson (Szura)
SHOTS: Oakland on Desjardins -- 37
LA on Smith -- 37
Attendance: 7,755

Game 6 -- Thu 4/10/69 -- Los Angeles, CA
LA 4
LA gained a win with their "backs-to-the-wall" after a wild first period in which each club potted three goals. Cowboy Bill Flett flipped the winning goal over Seal's goalie Gary Smith who had sprawled to the ice after blocking a shot. The Kings wasted two first period leads before moving ahead for keeps.
LA: Irvine (Rolfe)
SEALS: Laughton (Hicke)
LA: Campbell (Flett, Irvine)
LA: Macdonald (Peters)
SEALS: Perry (Mattiussi)
SEALS: Ubriaco (Szura, Ferguson)
LA: Flett (Campbell, White)
SHOTS: Oakland on Desjardins -- 25
LA on Smith -- 36
Attendance: 7,846

GAME 7 -- Sun 4/13/69 -- Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
LA 5
Lowell MacDonald's goal in the third gave LA a 4-2 lead before the Seal's Gerry Ehman brought Oakland back within 4-3. Howie Menard scored the clincher for the Kings with under two minutes remaining in the contest. LA coach Red Kelly, no stranger to the playoffs during his tenure with the Leafs and Wings, called it "a great win, great for the players and great for the coach." "I'm going to rest tomorrow and then start worrying about the=20 Blues." The King's forechecking and ability to kill seven first period penalties while allowing only one goal were mentioned by Red as reasons for his club's win. Oakland coach Glover also cited the King's seven first period penalties in explaining the lose. "We just could not get it into the net on our power play. When you are two men up and can't score you are not going to win."
LA: Irvine (L. MacDonald)
SEALS: Vadnais (Marshall, Ingarfield)
LA: Irvine (Inglis)
Seals: Ingarfield (Hampson, Marshall)
LA: Flett (Menard, White)
LA: L. MacDonald
SEALS: Ehman (Ingarfield)
LA: Menard (White)
SHOTS: Oakland on Desjardins -- 27
LA on Smith -- 30
Attendance -- 9,384

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