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Sorry that my blog has been down. I had a major crash and have yet to be able to get the site
back up to full speed.
A great Game 7 OT
June 3rd, 2014- The pundits are saying that the
Kings-Blackhawks was one of the best series ever played in the history of the NHL. Being a very biased and partisan
LA Kings fan, I had a critical eye on how they played. The Kings had trouble with the Hawks two man forecheck. They
had trouble moving the puck out of their zone. Jonathan Quick gave up some soft goals. The usually reliable Trevor
Lewis made some poor defensive decisions that led to Hawk goals and a virtual benching in Game 7. Matt Greene is
slow and gave the Hawks to much room on the rush.
And after all is said and done the Kings did
enough to eliminate the Hawks and go to the Finals. The Kings did something they are not known for-score goals. The
Hawks made them change their game because of all the fast starts they had. When you fall behind you have
to throw out your defensive game and try and get back in it. The Kings have shown us something we didn't know
they had, an offensive game. We know that individually they had people with offensive talent but they always
stuck to the Sutter system which stifles that talent. It is fun to see the Kings round into an all around team that
both can play great defense and score when needed. It was evident in this roller coaster series. Down in Game 1, up
when they were up 3-1, down again when the series was tied and in the pits early in Game 7. And then the euphoria
of an overtime Game 7 win. They only thing better will be when they hold up the Cup at the end of the
April 21st, 2014- Last night's 7-2 loss to San
Jose shows that if the Kings can't correct the costly mistakes thay have made in the first two games this will be a
quick series. The neutral zone turnovers, bad line changes, not getting shots through which combined with the
speed of San Jose showed some of the Kings weaknesses. The Sharks scored three goals off the rush. With their speed
they were able to make the Kings back off and open up the passing lanes for those cross-ice one timers. When you
allow fourth liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres to run around, agitate, run your goalie and score important goals
and have no answer to them you are in trouble. The Kings need to put a fourth line out there that can
straighten those two out.
Matt Greene was out there for four of the Shark
goals. You really can't blame him on one since the King defenseman he replaced made a bad decision to change when
the puck wasn't cleared deep enough. This seems to be a problem all year with the Kings. The defenseman farthest
from the bench has to make 100% sure the puck is deep enough to change; otherwise he has to stay out there to cover
the long pass in transition. On two of the goals it seemed Greene went out of his way to make a big hit but that
put him out of position and gave the Sharks room to make a play and score. It's hard to blame him. He is the
seventh defenseman and has been a healthy scratch. He wants to make a difference. He will next year with a new
April 3rd, 2014-The Kings meet San Jose in
the first round. I went to the game on April 3rd in San Jose. I've heard that the Shark Tank was the loudest in the
league. Not the night I was there. Even the music wasn't loud. I've been to Staples Center and you couldn't talk to
the person next to you. In San Jose I was able to carry on a normal conversation with my wife. Don't believe the
January 22nd, 2014- Heard Luc Robitaille this
morning say the NHL won't let what happened in Detroit happen again. The NHL could have let it not happen if the
war room in Toronto made a simple phone call to the scorer's table when it happened. Does every scenario have
to be in writing for someone to make a decision? When does common sense and using the brains God gave you come into
play? Everyone but the four people that mattered knew the puck was out of play. Who would've complained if Toronto
called and said " Yeah, it was out of play." Does Detroit want to win like that? If the Red Wings get into the
playoffs by a point they have the NHL to thank for that.
October 8th, 2013-Kings are off to their
typical slow start. Some idiot blogger gas already suggested Sutter be fired! Jonathan Quick made the mistake of
his career that I'm sure we will see for years. I'm not surprised though. Usually the puck is on his stick when it
May 17th 2013-Great comeback win last night.
Ranks right up there in the Top 5. Nothing beats Miracle on Manchester or Adam Deadmarsh's OT winner to eliminate
Detroit but it is right there in that company.
After the game did you hear that clown Vic the
Brick asking Darryl Sutter those two stupid questions? Vic is a Laker schill who goes around town dressed in a
flowing purple and gold robe and a ridiculous purple and gold crown. If he had a uterus he'd be popping out Kobe's
baby. He works for a station that broadcast the Lakers for 30 plus years but lost them a few years back to
KSPN. Now these two stations try to out-Laker each other at the expense of most other sports. When I do scan by
these stations it is invariably Lakers talk. I don't stay long. This morning, still talking NBA even though both
Lakers and Clippers are out.
Anyway, Vic (in his dramatic east coast accent)
asks Darryl if the Kings were inspired by Kopi's blood on the ice. Darryl pointed out that the Sharks scored
after that. Then he asks if the Kings were inspired when Kopi came back. Darryl answered, "He was rested". That got
a laugh from the rest of the reporters. Fact of the matter is the Kings played a great third period, San Jose took
two penalties because of the pressure and the Kings capitalized. They weren't looking to someone for
KLAC, next game send a reporter who actually
knows the game. Not some drama queen who got lost on the way to Kobe's house.
May 1st- Jonathan Quick has many great skills
as an NHL goaltender. The Kings would not have won the Stanley Cup without him. However, last night exposed the one
major flaw in his game. He cannot handle the puck. That was not the first time he has fumble with the puck and it
cost the Kings a goal and a game. One example a few years back against Minnesota the Kings lost 2-1 and both Minny
goals came as a direct result of Quick's mishandling of the puck. Now the Kings have someone in their employ who,
probably next to Martin Brodeur, was the best puckhandling goalie to ever play. Has Ron Hextall ever taken the ice
and given Quick a few pointers about playing the puck? I cringe every time the puck is on Quick's stick. He needs
to either ring the puck around the boards, or preferably, set the puck up for his defensemen and get back in his
net. The less the puck is on his stick the better.
April 15th- Edmonton
did every other team in the league a favor today. They kept the old boy's
network alive. They fired SteveTambellini and hired Craig MacTavish as
the new GM. The same MacTavish who coached the team 8 years, missed the playoffs 5 of those years and got lucky one
year by getting to the Cup Finals. He lived off that for two years longer than he should have.
I don't understand how owners like
Darryl Katz, who made billions in
business, could be so stupid when running a hockey team. Kevin Lowe can't run
a donut shop, and he's proven he can't run a hockey team. Seven years in a row now out of the playoffs. And he
still calls the shots and hires all his own Oiler friends and cronies to help him run the team into the ground. The
Oilers will never get better until Lowe is gone. I'm not an Oiler fan, but I hate to see incompetence rewarded. We
can count on three more years of the Oilers not being competitive until Katz wises up and cleans