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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

Last Team Standing

May 22, 2012 2 comments

This past weekend and last night were a bust for L.A. sports team fans in the throes of Playoff Fever. The Clippers were swept out of the second round of the NBA Playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs (Shocker!), the Lakers all but got swept, losing in 5 to take an early exit from the Playoffs courtesy of a wildly talented Oklahoma City Thunder team who, a few short years ago were the lackluster and floundering Seattle Supersonics.

And then, there was one. The L.A. Kings, who also stumbled Sunday on their path to the Stanley Cup Finals finally saw the Phoenix Coyotes team that the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks both got acquainted with before taking their skates and going home early in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  We knew they were gritty, we knew they were good, we knew Mike Smith was a surprising goalie having a breakout year. Apparently it took having their collective backs against a wall to play all out hockey. Phoenix fans could breathe a sigh of relief and their team gets another shot at drawing closer to evening the series tonight.

The task is daunting in the face of a Kings team that hasn’t lost on the road in the playoffs since their Vancouver series in the 2010-11 campaign. Ask Coach Tippett or any of the other Coyotes and they’ll probably tell you they’re not focused on that and that they’re just trying to win one game at a time until they get to their first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Kings Defenseman Willie Mitchell was interviewed on ESPN Radio yesterday during the afternoon drive and echoed the sentiment of the locker room that they regretted that they couldn’t close out the series at home and “pop the roof off of Staples [Center].” One way or the other, the Kings are on a mission and will probably wear their loss at home on their sleeves, as a chip on the shoulder and pound the Coyotes into submission as they did in the first three games of the series. They looked flat Sunday and I can almost assure you that Coach Darryl Sutter won’t let that happen again for a second game.

See Also:

http://laforumdemontreal.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/stanley-fit-for-a-king/

http://kingshockeyforwomen.com/2012/05/22/game-preview-kings-vs-coyotes-game-5-errors-corrected/

Any Given Sunday – L.A. Kings Edition

May 18, 2012 1 comment

 

It’s almost hard to believe that the Los Angeles Kings are one game away from their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 19 years. Game 4 is Sunday, and, as in football, no one can predict what can happen on any given Sunday but the belief of any Kings fan polled on the street right now would be that the Kings will probably complete an improbable back to back sweep to gain their place in the Big Show. To put the 19 year gap in perspective, let’s travel back to the summer of 1993 when Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille led the Los Angeles Kings to their first ever Conference Title.

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Today in NHL History – May 16

May 16, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Mighty Ducks primary logo (1993–2006). The log...

Mighty Ducks primary logo (1993–2006). The logo was subsequently used in the Disney movie D2: The Mighty Ducks. Disney design elements appear in this logo, such as team mascot Wildwing’s goalie mask. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

2003 – The Anaheim Mighty Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1. The win advanced the Mighty Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history

 

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Halfway There – Road Warriors Edition

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

 

  Drew Doughty #8 Of The Los Angeles Kings (2nd From R) Celebrates Getty Images

And what else is there to say, really? Still perfect on the road in the playoffs and tying the playoff road record with 9 straight dating back to last season and 7 of those this year. The Kings have been getting contributions from the usual suspects and some unexpected production as well. 2 goals from Dwight King in Game One, a Hat Trick (first for the Kings in the Playoffs since The Great One in ’93) from Jeff Carter, with two in the power play (and another goal from Dwight King) in Game Two, and a shutout performance from Quick in Game Two as well.

 

Every line; offense, defense and special teams were at their playoff best for the Kings.Yes, the Kings power play has finally caught fire and at just the right time. I’ve heard it thrown about in talk radio, NHL Network and a few unexpected outlets (EPSN Sportscenter?!? Now you care about hockey???!???) that the Kings are a team of destiny. Destiny is for gladhanded journalists. This writer recognizes the hard work these guys have put in, especially under new coach  Darryl Sutter.

 

It will be intersting to see what Brendan Shanahan and the league do, if anything, with the Coyotes Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal. Doan was bounced from the game near the end of the Second for Boarding Trevor Lewis who ended up coming away from that dustup with a bloodied nose bridge. Hanzal, same thing after he boarded King captain Dustin Brown midway through the Third. Brown was down for a few moments but appeared later in the game.  Even Coyotes goalie Mike Smith got into the mix, slashing Dustin Brown in the back of his leg. Somehow the zebras sent Brown to the penalty box for what they called diving after he took the hit.

 

The Coyotes started this game better than Game One but couldn’t maintain the intensity. It seemed that once the Kings scored their second goal early in the second, all bets were off and the Coyotes shifted to desperation mode. It was a bizarre transformation to watch in what had been, to that point, a very intense game that could have gone either way. Again, as in Game One, the Kings outshot the Coyotesand kept shot attempts by the Desert Dogs to a respectable minimum, barraging Mike Smith with 40 shots to the 24 that Quick had to deflect.

 

Clearly, the Coyotes lost their composure in this game and that will only help the Kings as they head home for Game Three on Thursday. Stay Tuned!

Pens-Flyers

April 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Just a quick thought as the second period of tonights tilt ends…9-3??? Really????? Have either of these teams heard of defense?

Let’s review the totals thus far including tonights unfinished business

Game one: 7 goals in OT
Game two: 13 goals in regulation
Game three: 12 goals in regulation
Game four: 12 goals with 20 minutes remaining in regulation (god forbid the flyers roll off 6 goals and push this game to OT…)

That’s 44 goals in 3 and two thirds games for an average of 12 goals per game…AND…the pens haven’t won one, yet…after all, there are 20 more minutes.

Jason’s First Round Picks

April 9, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Eastern Conference

 

New York Rangers

 

Philadelphia Flyers

 

Florida Panthers

 

Boston Bruins

 

Western Conference

 

Vancouver Canucks (Gotta call it like I’m putting money on it…)

 

Nashville Predators

 

Chicago Blackhawks

 

Saint Louis Blues

 

Between Justin and I, two differing picks (Van-LA series and Fla-NJ series). Now lets see how many series’ we screw up !