A reminder about the parameters:

  • Each of L.A.’s offensive zone entries that resulted in a shot on goal or a scoring opportunity (a deflected or blocked shot that had a chance) were given a Y mark.
  • Each of the Kings’ entries that failed to result in the above was given a X mark
  • Goals that resulted from Murray’s system of cycling the puck were circled when they were particularly effective or failed to be.

First period: X, Y, X, Y, Y (Stoll’s shorthanded attempt), X, Y (goal, off faceoff, 14 threw puck to net), X, Y, X, Y, X,  Y, Y, Y, X, X, Y

18 zone entries
10 created offensive opportunities
Cycle produced nothing. Dump and chase produced nothing.

Second period: X, X, (both cycle failures), Y, X (cycle failure), Y, X (cycle failure), X (cycle failure), Y, Y, Y, X, X, Y, X, Kings getting away from the cycle, Matt Greene penalty and goal against, Y, X (failed cycle), Y, X, Y, Richardson penalty, delay of game, these penalties are killing us, Langenbrunner PP goal, X (failed cycle), Y (good cycle), X, X, X, X (we are back to the dump, chase, cycle), Y.

26 zone entries
11 created offensive opportunities, including 4 out of 6 when the Kings got away from the cycle.
Overall though, the Kings are playing a Terry Murray game, keeping everything to the outside as if the middle of the ice does not exist.

Third period: X, X, X, X (cycle attempts are failing), Y, Y, X, X, Y, X (last 4 on power play, all dump and chase), X (another failed dump and chase), X (failed cycle), X (failed cycle), X (failed cycle), X (failed dump and chase), Y (mini cycle), X, Y, Y, X, X (dump and chase), X (failed cycle), X, at this point, the verses announcer whose name escapes me said something that we have been echoing on this site but that will be its own article, X, Y, X, X, X (nothing but trying to force cycles), Y, Y, penalty shot call here and missed attempt, X

31 zone entries
Only 9 created offensive opportunities
That period was vintage Terry Murray hockey.

I think this is a situation where I will let the statistics speak for themselves.