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Devils Down! Kings win again in another thrilling overtime!!

June 3, 2012 Leave a comment

 

It took another overtime session to get the win, but the Los Angeles Kings were able to get it done with a 2-1 overtime win at the Prudential Center last night. Jeff Carter’s beautiful no look goal (that looked like it was shot like by a laser beam!), beat Marty Brodeur at 13:42 of the first overtime to end the game. The Kings are the first team in history to go 10-0 on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (source; NHL.com).

When asked at the press conference after the game if this was one of Carter’s best goals, Carter had this to say: “Yeah, it’s a pretty special moment, I think,” Carter said. “Obviously, any time you get a chance to play in the Final, it’s exciting. But scoring an overtime goal in Game 2, puts you up 2-0, it’s pretty special.” “I think this is by far the biggest, Carter said. I think it’s my first playoff overtime goal. It’s a huge one. It’s a big one for the team. Gets us a two-game lead here. Gets us where we wanted to be coming in here.”

Added Jarrett Stoll: “He’s been in the media a lot, he’s been in a lot of story lines. He’s a great addition for our team, a lot of offense coming over to us to solidify our lineup. He makes us a lot better team. big goal. Huge goal for our team.”

A couple of quick points on the series to date. The reason the Kings have a stranglehold on this series is simple. The Devil’s cannot get past Jonathan Quick. Anton Volchenkov’s wrist shot in Game 1 bounced off Slava Voynov before it went into the net. Not exactly a clean goal. Last night in Game 2, same situation. Ryan Carter’s shot and subsequent tip-in by Zidlicky was pure luck. I don’t believe that anyone will argue that a goal is a goal. But when your shooting only yields “lucky” goals, you aren’t going to win the Stanley Cup.

Another reason the Kings have been so successful is because the Devil’s best player hasn’t been. “Oh Ilya Kovalchuck, where are yoouu?!” The Devil’s $100 million dollar man has two shots on goal in the series thus far. Kovalchuck has been passing up shots constantly in this series. This is a bit peculiar, especially since Kovalchuck is a pretty good player. It’s almost as if he doesn’t want to shoot the puck!(?) After the game, Kovalchuk called the Devils power play “embarrassing.” Kovalchuck may want to find a synonym for his play as well.

“We played a much better game tonight,” said Devils coach Peter DeBoer after the game. “We spent more time in their end of the ice, got more shots through to the net, got more point shots. We just executed better tonight than we did in Game 1.”

True enough, but it still wasn’t enough to defeat the Kings and I think a huge amount of credit is due to the Kings for that. The Kings continue to beat the best teams in the league and almost make it look ordinary while doing it. All I can say, is that there is nothing ordinary about the Los Angeles Kings. Nor are they having an ordinary Stanley Cup run!!

Stay tuned Kings fans! Game 3 is at Staples Center this Monday Night (6/3) at 5:00 PM PST. Go Kings GOOOOO!!

My Three Star’s of the game:

Jeff Carter Jeff Carter

Jonathan Quick Jonathan Quick

Drew Doughty Drew Doughty

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Goal of the week!

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m not even waiting until tomorrow to post this. Kopitar being Kopitar. Maybe I was a little too hasty in my Brown/Quick choice for Conn Smythe!?!

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GO KINGS GO!!! – Happy Friday

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

In the Bleachers

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Kings beat Devils 2-1 in overtime!!

May 30, 2012 2 comments

 
 
Anze Kopitar shoots the game winning goal against Martin Broduer.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
 
 
It took almost 4 periods of play to get there. But the Los Angeles Kings took down Game 1 with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. At 8:13 into the first overtime, Justin Williams made a beautiful backhand pass to an advancing Anze Kopitar for a beautiful breakaway goal that absolutely froze New Jersey goalie Martin Broduer. Thank god for DVR because I must have watched that goal about 7 times after Kopitar scored the goal! That is of course after all of us in the house stopped screaming!
 
 
 
This is L.A.’s 9th straight road victory since entering the playoffs and puts the L.A. Kings within 3 wins of winning their first Stanley Cup! If the Kings win Game 2 on Saturday, they will tie an NHL record for most road wins in a single post season (the 2004 Calgary Flames, and coincidentally the 1995 and 2000 New Jersey Devils). And the way it is going, it looks like that just might happen!
 
 
The Kings won Game 1 for which I am obviously over the moon about. But as Darryl Sutter has pointed out MANY times, this is a 7 game series and “it ain’t over!” I thought for the most part, the Kings dominated periods 1 & 2 of regulation. The Kings are physically bigger than the Devils and the Kings were using that to their advantage. That being said, I thought the Devils did a much better job at forechecking from the end of the 1st period through the rest of the game. The Kings were having a very difficult time trying to attack in their own zone through much of the 3rd period.
 
 
I didn’t see any of the so called “rust” that the Kings were “suppose” to have (this according to East Coast hockey media – who listens to them anyway?!). The Kings came out hot and were rolling all 4 lines with precision. That also being said, I saw some series defensive lapses in the late 2nd to 3rd period by the Kings. I saw this behavior rear it’s ugly head during Game 4 against Phoenix. The Kings get complacent and get into a zombie like trance where they lose their aggressiveness and appear to be moving almost in slow motion. I can’t stand when the Kings play this way and you can’t let your foot of the gas even a little bit, against ANY team. Especially not the New Jersey Devils and definitely not in the Stanley Cup Finals.
 
 
 
The Kings have to find an answer to New Jersey’s aggressive forechecking. The Kings are bigger, but the Devils are faster. If we don’t find a way to counter that (besides more goals!) I expect more trouble in Game 2. But I am proud of the way the Kings played. They deserve this victory!!  GO KINGS GO!!
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Justin’s Analysis & Preview of the Stanley Cup Final

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

As Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final quickly approaches, I find myself nervous for the series to get started. It has been an amazing season of hockey and I can’t wait for the Kings to continue their magical run. Here is my analysis of the series:

I was reading stories and statistical analysis of the series on NHL.com and ESPN for several hours in preparation for writing this article. I was going to cover matchup’s, goalies, forechecking, Kings players playoff experience and other keys I thought necessary for the Kings to win the series. Then this thought struck me: FORGET ALL OF THAT! This series is going to come down to one thing and one thing only, HEART!!

The Kings have tons of it. This series is more than just the Stanley Cup. This series is about proving to the hockey world, especially the East Coast, that real hockey DOES exsist on the West Coast. This is about earning some R-E-S-P-E-C-T  through out the NHL and the hockey world in general!! This about erasing a 45 year drought that not even The Great One could save us from. This is old school pee wee hockey style hockey that’s  about one thing: kicking some Devil ass!

So forget everything you have read. The stats can’t tell you what I already know. The Kings have the heart of a lion and that is why the will be lifting the Cup.

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Captain Pancake?

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I can tell you without hesitation that this article is absolutely true! Around our section, we heckled Penner to death! We had a lot of laughs at his expense over the course of this season. But as it turns out, Penner may have the last laugh!

 

By Bill Simmons

I started bringing my daughter to Kings games last November, after I bought season tickets behind one of their goals for the season. She knew nothing about hockey, started learning on the fly, and ended up liking the sport about 100 times more than I ever expected. One of her first questions: “Why are the fans so mad at Penner?”

My answer was simple: Kings fans believed Penner made too much money and didn’t try hard enough. In the Salary Cap Era, you can’t pay a hockey player $4.25 million for piddling results. My daughter never accepted that, nor did she understand it. She thought Penner was trying. She thought the fans were being too mean. She didn’t care how much money he made. Anytime someone derisively screamed that Penner sucked, she’d whirl around with a wounded look on her face. She didn’t understand the concept of “motivating someone by being relentlessly mean to them.”

Meanwhile, the Kings changed coaches, yanked Penner’s playing time around, shopped him at the trade deadline, even sent him home for “conditioning” reasons. None of it worked. Penner was mired in the slump of slumps. In his first 90 games with the Kings, he only scored ten times. His goals happened so infrequently that one of the diehards in our row — Julia, who’s famous in Section 115 for pouncing on any puck that somehow squeezes through the net and falls toward the fans — sarcastically promised to wear a Penner jersey if he scored in a certain game. Of course, he did. Suddenly she was wearing Penner’s jersey as people gawked at her in disbelief. A Penner jersey? Was this supposed to be ironic?

Keep in mind, our section included one fan who screamed “COME ON, PENNER!” during just about every Penner shift for the entire Kings season. His pronunciation of “Penner” always oozed with sarcasm. Come on, Penner. Eventually, he started yelling those three words at other Kings who screwed up. Penner had evolved into the perfect whipping boy for a hockey crowd — overpaid and undermotivated (or so it seemed), stuck with an unflattering nickname (“Pancakes,” which Penner earned after injuring his back while sitting down to eat a stack of pancakes), just a 6-foot-4 sniper who didn’t snipe and had (seemingly) wasted his considerable potential.

I probably attended 22 Kings games during the regular season. At no point did I ever imagine them making the Stanley Cup finals … and believe me, at no point did I ever imagine that the words “Dustin Penner” and “playoff hero” would appear in the same sentence (even if it had already happened before, with the 2007 Ducks). It’s not like Penner cruised into the postseason with a head of steam: In a two-month stretch from February 9 through April 7, Penner scored just twice in 23 games. Then the playoffs started and “COME ON, PENNER!” slowly morphed into “COME ON, PENNER!” He started finishing his checks and flying around on the suddenly dangerous Richards-Carter-Penner line, notching 10 points in 15 games and even scoring the game-winner to propel the Kings into their second finals ever. Penner had shaken out of his slump. And then some.

That last goal happened in overtime, well after my daughter had already gone to sleep. She found out the details the following morning, and her eyes widened when she heard who scored the series winner.

“Penner????? Really?”

And then …

“You think the guy behind us will stop being mean to him?”

And that’s when I came to this realization: “I need to do a podcast with Penner.” We taped it on Friday afternoon in our B.S. Report studio, just a few hours before the Devils advanced to the finals. We talked about Penner’s topsy-turvy season, the near-fight in the Coyotes-Kings handshake line, the rules of fighting in general, the story behind his missing tooth, what happened to the Kings these past seven weeks, and even whether he could hear Kings fans killing him during regular-season games. (The short answer: Yes.) I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Remind me to have more hockey players on the B.S. Report.

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Quick Poll (ha ha!)

May 26, 2012 Leave a comment

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