Kopitar and Williams. Excuse number 1. Excuse number 2.

That is exactly what those injuries have provided. The LA Kings, from top to bottom including the coaching staff, have this pretext at their disposal. Use it and Terry Murray’s job is probably safe for another year. Rise above it and you send a message to the entire league that to underestimate us shall be your demise.

I saw a team last night that did work hard. They effectively shut down one of the best lines in the league, in Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan. What I also saw was a Kings’ killer in Teemu Selanne who has made a career out of scoring goals against our team. Jonathan Quick played well. The defense was good. The forwards simply could not finish. Wayne Simmonds and Trevor Lewis should receive a flogging for that disgraceful performance. When the puck is on your stick and you have a net staring at you, then you put the fucking puck in the net or you get the hell off the ice and hang your head in shame. At this time of the season and going into the playoffs, missed opportunities on an already depleted team is inexcusable. Terry Murray should have 100 pucks lined up for them to shoot into the net and if they miss one, they start over.

But I digress…

Tonight is a statement game. Anything less than a victory likely lands us in 8th place and playing the Canucks in the first round.

Give me victory or give me death is our battle cry and we are too young to die.

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7 replies

  1. This is a statement game, and a game of position for the postseason. If they cannot win this game, they have no hope of doing anything in the playoffs, even if Williams comes back. They have to get the offense going and quit relying on Quick to win games for them!

  2. I think we are very much in sync defensively. Offensively, we usually have to take that extra look to find out where teammates are and what our options are. Maybe we don’t practice those scenarios enough, or it’s the line juggling, or it’s a systems issue (too conservative maybe), or it’s just pure talent, I dunno.

    2 on 1’s, cycles, power plays, etc. We rarely are able to string together accurate passes. Rarely have we seen tic-tac-toe passing. I miss the unreal passing on odd-man rushes in the Palffy era.

    Passing is good and creates goals and scoring opportunities. If we had more than one trick up our sleeve (shoot first mentality) we’d be less predictable and our offense would work better. I feel like you can tell that some players are second-guessing themselves offensively by trying to stick to the mantra. I say give them a little more freedom. Offense is the place to take chances and make the occasional mistake by trying to make a nice play (passing, 1v1).

  3. I played the game in x2 speed fast forward, and you can see how well the cycle DOESN’T work. they are in the offensive zone for a few seconds then it’s right back to playing defense, or getting beat in the neutral zone, etc. It’s sad really. I want our team to kick the ass that I know they can, but this damn system I feel really holds them back.

    • Yep. Most of the goals are quick bang bangs. Not much sustained pressure. Really tires the defense.

  4. Alas! ’tis Death!!

  5. I really don’t want to face Vancouver. Let’s hope we get SJ and they choke like always..


  6. We should do some shooting practice before the playoffs start. Our guns were loaded against the Ducks but we couldn’t hit the barn door. Just don’t understand that the moment you have a great opportunity slow down and gather yourself and shoot as if your life depended on it.


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