LA KINGS POST GAME: PLAYERS BUCK THE SYSTEM, BEAT CAPITALS 4-1

Goal number 1: Kopitar is in the middle of the offensive zone. He makes the pass from between the circles to Simmonds. Simmonds doesn’t take a random shot. He doesn’t go behind the net. He doesn’t cycle. He drives to the net, takes the shot and Kopitar picks up the loose puck.

Goal number 2: Clifford drives through the middle of the ice. Takes the shot from just right of the hashmarks, rebound, Loktionov from one foot above the crease puts it in. No cycle. No bad angle shot. No shot from the point hoping for a rebound.

Goal number 3: Simmonds gets away from the boards. Drives to the net. Creates the loose puck. Handzus at the front sweeps it in. This one is especially important. Simmonds did not shoot it behind the net. He did not keep a cycle or develop one. He didn’t pass it to the point. He didn’t maintain his position along the half boards. He didn’t stop the puck to play this bullshit “heavy stick” 1970 offense. He did what the post lock out game demands. Creativity. Creating time and space through skating and that creativity.

Goal number 4: Out numbered attack. Williams skates it in and from the left of the hashmarks he makes a cross ice pass to Stoll who is at the right of the hashmarks. Just like that. 4-1.

I don’t give credit to the farmer because the chicken laid an egg. I don’t give credit to Terry Murray when the team won outside of his inept system.

The credit and the love goes to our players. They rose above today and won despite the dinosaur behind the bench.

GO KINGS!



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  1. I agree. All beautiful goals that had NOTHING to do with Murray’s useless system. However, what do you think about how these lines worked? Am I taking crazy pills or did these lines work pretty good? Loki seemed more comfortable at Center and Zus took up some of the defensive slack that Kopi usually has to do on his own. Your thoughts?

    • There is no arguing that today’s line combos produced scoring, in spite of the system that we typically play. They were more creative and they went to the net and generated second chances, which found the back of the net. Hopefully the Juggler (Stan Lee should have created this character too!) will keep these combos tomorrow. We will see.

      • Yeah, I really want to see what these combos can do against Philly. Maybe we need to just tell the guys to “smile and nod” at Murray during practice then go do their own thing on the ice. It worked today! It boggles my mind (yes, boggles) that Murray is blind to the fact that all of our “highlight” goals come from ignoring his system…heh.

  2. What a fantastic third period. The Kings may have scored in spite of the cycle, but the defense sure shined and for that Murray does deserve, in his favorite word, a tremendous amount of credit.

  3. I woke up just in time to see the third period and wow! What a saturday morning treat! 3 goals against the caps and all really beautiful goals! GO KINGS GO!

  4. Nice! There’s the ‘Night Train’ I’ve been looking for. Simmonds, welcome home, son. Please don’t leave again, we need you. Outstanding game.

    Yes, yes, yes, attack the net, boys. Well done.

    I’m sure glad Stoll buried that pass from Williams. All I can hear in my head is, “we were trying to make a ‘cute’ pass, instead of shooting the puck.” Hahahahaha

    Nice way to start the day.

  5. The Kings hit the Caps through out the first and second, opening space for Simmonds and the third period onslaught.

    Moving Brown off the first line helped.

    I believe the expectations of first line skill was just too much for him. In his new roll his effectiveness and hitting opened up.

  6. Let’s take a deep breath. They’re 3-0-2 on the trip so far. That’s 80% of the possible points. We might not like the way they’re being coached; but, let’s appreciate the results. For now at least. (Yes, I’m sure the road will be rough again in the future.)

    The OT loss in Pittsburgh bothers me because they lost focus for a moment. Can’t blame that on TM (altho, believing we wouldn’t have been in OT had Westgarth not played is something we can blame on TM.)

    VJ

    • Think your right about Pitt.

      That Fox story line that the Kings played a hard tight game with no space didn’t look true.

      They didn’t focus, coasted, made sloppy passes and let it slip by. Hardly worthy of the work done by Quick to keep the game tight.

  7. I really don’t see anything wrong with cycling in general. Anaheim basically won their cup by dominating teams with their cycle. They didn’t, however, just keep it to the outside, they were always a threat to walk the puck out to the net or had players streaking towards the net from the circles. Of course they had a bit more size then the Kings do. I definitely think we have enough players who can dangle and also grind in the boards and create scoring opportunities.

    When the Kings cycle they aren’t able to do this. They’re often too spaced out, don’t have support (i.e. players near them as a passing option), or aren’t in a threatening position or moving to become a threatening position away from the puck.

    I noticed the last couple of games you couldn’t even tell we had 3 forwards on the ice in the offensive zone, the other player was up near the blueline and cut off from camera view.

  8. Great Game!!! Boys are playing hockey to be Proud of! Love our KINGS
    GO KINGS GO!!!

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