I wanted to see the Kings turn this ship around. I wanted to see them play the game I know they can when they don’t rely almost exclusively on this maddening cycle that has produced nothing but perimeter play and opposing teams anticipating the pass, double teaming our man along the half boards and getting the puck out. I wanted talented players like Kopitar, Williams, Stoll, Sturm, Brown, Doughty, and Johnson to use those God-given talents of speed and puck handling ability to get the play to the middle of the ice where goals happen. I wanted all of this. Instead, we fans got a nice fat dose of Terry Murray hockey against the Stars. So much so that even the Versus announcer (I think it was the color guy, but that is irrelevant) during the game made the following comment in the third period:
Boy, everything is around the outside for Los Angeles as they attack. It’s difficult for them to go interior. I think some of it is their own making. They’re looking for stuff on the outside rather than through the middle. It’s not that exotic as far as their attack is concerned
He knows what you know and what we all see. The players are playing the system but it is the system that has failed and our coach is incapable of making adjustments.