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Kings Defeat the Mighty Canucks

Mike Richards of the Los Angeles Kings gets the game winning goal past Roberto Luongo of the Canucks in the shootout. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Vancouver, Canada – The Kings were able to shut down the Vancouver Canucks in a 3-2 shootout victory at the Rogers Arena last night. The Kings picked up two badly needed points and moved within two points of the San Jose Sharks for the top spot in the Pacific Division. The Kings are now in 7th place overall in the Western Conference. The Kings improve to 8-1-5 under head coach Darryl Sutter and handed the Canucks their second straight home loss. This is the first King win against Vancouver in their last eight meetings. The Kings haven’t lost in regulation time when leading after two periods of play since April 2, 2009. Whoo hoo!

“I thought we were due in the shootout,” said Justin Williams, who scored once in regulation and then again in the first round of the shootout. “So we finally got one there.” “Two points here gives us a great road trip,” goalie Jonathan Quick said. “Five out of six isn’t easy to do coming up here to the Northwest, so we’re happy with what we did and looking forward to getting back home and playing some home games.”

The Kings victory aside, I have to talk about last night’s officiating. Normally I don’t like to talk about the ref’s during a column because it feels like favoritism if I argue that the calls are not going the Kings way. But in this specific case, I feel I must. Last night’s officiating was HORRIBLE!! Last night 90-95% of the calls were going against the Kings with no real reason for it. My first example comes at 15:11 of the first period. Colin Fraser gets called for roughing when both a Kings player and a Canucks player were “scrumming.” Jim Fox called this one out flat on the carpet and was like, “whoa, whoa, whoa!” Neither Jim Fox nor Bob Miller usually do that and I was jumping up and down in my living room before that even happened. Exhibit number 2 of the night comes at 1:45 of the second period. Willie Mitchell was called for tripping. I watched this replay about 16 different times (thank you god for DVR!!), and in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM was this tripping. The Canucks player simply fell. The ref was standing point blank in front of them. This call lead directly to Daniel Sedin’s power play goal about a minute later. I could site you more examples, but I think you get the point.

Do you ever wonder if the ref’s are paid off? Or if some important V.I.P. “talks” to them?! I just find it fascinating when calls seem to be singled out for a specific team with no real justification for it. I would like reader feedback on this issue as I am curious as to what you think.

The Kings next game is at the Staples Center Thursday night. The Kings faceoff against the Calgary Flames. The puck drops at 7:30 PM, PST. Go Kings GO!!!!

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