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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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One Down, Three To Go?

May 14, 2012 Leave a comment

 

The Kings celebrate their victory over the Coyotes in Game One of the Western Conference Finals.

Until the end of the Western Conference Game One, the matchup between the Kings and Coyotes in Phoenix was as tightly played as most of us suspected. Unyielding defenses, opportunistic offenses and lockdown Penalty Kill units were on display for both teams. Save for a couple of uncharacteristic lapses in judgement on behalf of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, the order of the night was wide open action, heavy doses of hits and a full on assault by all Kings lines resulting in a 4-2 win by the Kings who continue to stun the Hockey world in the playoffs.

 

Dominating from the drop of the puck to open the game, the Kings looked for all intents and purposes to be in Blitz mode, firing shots from everywhere, harassing Coyotes goalie Mike Smith and outshooting the Coyotes 48-27 by the end of the game. Led by young winger Dwight King’s 2 goals, the Kings traded goals until the third period where it became all Kings, all the time. If the Kings were trying to dispel the notion that (deservedly is justified looking at their regular season numbers) they’re a defend first, shoot later squad, the Coyotes got a taste of a team that seemed to have entered the playoffs by a whisker and turned a corner, flipped a switch or whatever analogy you’d like to insert here. Who can argue when you look at a team that has done what no other #8 seed has ever done in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by upending both a #1 and #2 seed. Not to mention, these guys have turned into literal Road Warriors, not dropping a single road game in the playoffs to this point.

 

The Coyotes Derek Morris seemingly took advantage of Quick 13 minutes into the 1st period firing a shot from near center ice that snuck past his right pad to tie the game. To be fair, Quick hadn’t faced a lot of shots to that point in the first as the Coyotes spent the majority of their time in their own zone or center ice, getting a total of 4 shots on goal to the Kings 17. In the second period, the Coyotes took advantage of Quick being out of position when he tried to play a puck beside the net, got mired in traffic that was charging down the ice to play said puck and got beat by a smart play from Shane Doan getting the puck out from behind the net to a waiting and wide open Mikkel Boedker who buried the puck while Quick was still trying to get in position.

 

The two teams faced each other 6 times in the regular season and split the difference at 3 wins and losses a piece, and half of the games were decided in Overtime. Familiarity with each other? You bet, and it showed during the game as well as it didn’t take long for things to start getting chippy with scrums breaking out early and often throughout the evening. This writer thinks this is a sign of things to come as an exciting rivalry explodes in the deserts of Arizona and the streets of Los Angeles. Game Two is Tuesday night!

Save of the Week

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Sorry, folks, but I have to go with my home teams goalie and run with a Jonathan Quick save, denying Kessler of a wraparound goal during Game 2 of the Kings – Canucks Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Kings Halfway Through the Season – Get the Win and Gain Momentum

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images

Goalie Jonathan Quick gets the first star of the night for his league leading 6th shutout of the season.

Well, it wasn’t the prettiest goal I’ve ever seen. But Drew Doughty’s goal just 38 seconds into overtime, was enough to lift the Kings to a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes last night at the Staples Center. It was Doughty’s first goal since November 10, 2011. The Kings are now 5-0-3 under new head coach Darryl Sutter and have yet to lose a game in regulation. In addition, the Kings have earned points in their last 9 straight games, two points shy of the franchise record. “To finally contribute on the score sheet with a goal for the team, and most important, we get the win, I was really happy,” Doughty said. “We’re kind of sick of going to OT and giving other teams points,” Doughty said in his postgame TV interview, adding that it wasn’t their best game.

Their best game it was not, but I think a couple of points are worth mentioning. First, the Kings are playing much, much more aggressively. I credit coach Sutter for this move and it is really helping the Kings play. Second, the Kings are back checking with enormous effect which is forcing turnovers and keeping the pressure up on their opponents. This in turn is helping the Kings to get more shots on goal. While many of those shots have not scored goals, the fact that they are getting more chances will only lead to good things.

 The Los Angeles Kings hit the half way point in the season last night and now have an overall record of 20-14-7. Just one point behind San Jose for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Not an ideal situation for the Kings to be sure, but I smell a monster comeback on the horizon. As I have said many, many, many times, the Kings have the talent. If they put the pieces in the right order, they can be an enormously succuessful team. Darryl Sutter seems to be doing that and I have high hopes for the Kings continued succuess.

Jonathan Quick recorded is 6th shutout of the season, 20th of his career AND remains on top of the NHL leaderboard in the shutout department. Quick made 22 saves in regulation and stopped a total of 27 shots. “It doesn’t matter how we do it, as long as we are getting two points and we continue to climb in the standings,” Quick said.

 Indeed.

The Kings face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow afternoon at the Staples Center. 1:00 PM on Fox Sports West. GO KINGS GO!!

Quack, Quack! The Ducks get goosed!

November 17, 2011 1 comment

Mike Richards puts one past Jonas Hiller. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings iced the “mighty” Anaheim Ducks last night in a 7 round shootout thriller. Justin Williams #14, scored the game winning goal with a high wrist shot past Jonas Hiller for a 2-1 victory. In a solid team performance by the Kings in which they dominated the first 40 minutes of play, the Kings let up, if only slightly, when Teemu Selanne tied the game at 1-1 with 2:25 left to go in regulation. “We kept saying, ‘We couldn’t let them hang around, we couldn’t let them hang around’ and we ended up letting them hang around,” Justin Williams said. “Hiller made a lot of great stops, but when we get ahead we need to put teams away.” Read more…