Robert Tychkowski

Robert Tychkowski is the Edmonton Oilers beat writer and a columnist for the Edmonton Sun - responsible for day-to-day coverage of the Edmonton Oilers and their National Hockey League opponents at home and on the road. He's been with the Sun since 1989 and has covered every sports beat in the city, attending six Grey Cups while covering the Edmonton Eskimos and the CFL. Born and raised in Alberta, he's been of the lead writers on all the major sporting events in Edmonton over the last two decades, including the Edmonton Indy, World Track and Field Championships, World Figure Skating Championships and The Brier. In the summer he's covered four majors golf championships, The Masters, US Open, PGA Championship and The Ryder Cup. He is a graduate of the MacEwan Journalism program in Edmonton.


Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the New York Rangers in the second overtime period during game two of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on Jun 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Kings take crazy Game 2 in 2OT thanks to Brown

Just about everybody watching New York put it to the Los Angeles Kings for 40 minutes on Saturday, scoring clutch goal after clutch goal to beat down three separate comeback attempts, fully expected this series to be 1-1 after Game 2.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (left) faced 20 shots in the third period alone in Game 1 on Thursday. (USA Today)

It's the King against the Kings in Stanley Cup final

Down the stretch in Game 1 on Wednesday, the New York Rangers had their lunch money stolen, their heads dunked in a toilet and their shorts wedgied up so high that people thought they were wearing Fruit of the Loom hats, and they were still just one overtime shot away from being ahead in the Stanley Cup final.

New York Rangers defenceman Anton Stralman is pinned to the boards by Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik as Rangers centre Derek Stepan during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, June 4, 2014. (KIRBY LEE/USA Today)

Big, bad Kings take Game 1 against Rangers

This might be the biggest marquee series in professional sports in 30 years, but the Los Angeles Kings made sure the New York Rangers know who gets top billing.

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault (left) and centre Derek Stepan (21) during practice the day before Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. (USA Today Sports)

Rangers think they can upset Kings in Stanley Cup final

To hear some people tell it, they should just give the New York Rangers their participation ribbons right now and send them back east, sparing them the embarrassment of being publicly dismantled by the Los Angeles Kings.

 Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty (8) celebrates with teammates including Anze Kopitar (11) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Kings win third straight over listless Blackhawks

Well, it looks like the only repeating the Chicago Blackhawks will be doing this year is when they have to answer, and re-answer, and re-answer, all those questions about what went wrong in the Western Conference final.

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (Rob Grabowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Blackhawks goaltender Crawford can't get any respect

When hockey fans are listing off the best game-breaking goalies in the world, the stoppers they want guarding their net when all the money is on the table, a lot of names get dropped before Chicago’s Corey Crawford.

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with teammates Marian Hossa (81) and Bryan Bickell (29) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 18, 2014 in Chicago, IL, USA. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

Blackhawks knock off Kings 3-1 in Game 1

With the Los Angeles Kings flying across the country to open the Western Conference final just 40 hours after wrapping up their gruelling seven game series with Anaheim, much is being made of LA’s fatigue factor.