Kings Kill Coyotes And Their Two King Killers

You have to admit, when the Phoenix Coyotes signed Daymond Langkow over the summer you thought to yourself ‘Aw shit, just what we needed. Two historic King killers on the same team we always seem to have trouble with. Fuck’. Then when you woke up this morning, despite the Kings domination of the Blues on Tuesday, you had a little bit of a knot in your stomach.

That’s OK. The knot is well earned, having been tightened over the many years that Langkow and Shane Doan have been able to seemingly will the puck into the Kings’ net. Tonight, in the once again virtually empty arena, that knot was loosened and apparently, so was Terry Murray’s typically sluggish offensive system. The Kings may have only scored two goals but it’s impossible for the difference in the Kings’ overall style of play over the last two games to go unnoticed.

Where once haphazard dumps across the blue line and incessant passes to the point with subsequent shots into shin pads occupied our held gazes, we now see the Kings carrying the puck through the neutral zone and passing either across the blue line or quickly upon entry. Shots from the point have become shots from the circles and slot. Board play has turned it’s back so as the face the blue paint at all times. Are we witnessing repetitious flukes, or has the Kings system turned the corner to facilitate the talent of their lineup? There is only one way to know for sure. More of the same please.

Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford scored the goals. Both in the second period, Brown’s goal came on the powerplay, the result of a clinic on puck protection by Kopitar and a loin shuddering quick step and pass from Richards. Clifford owes Kevin Westgarth, of all people, a debt of gratitude for his first goal of the season. Westgarth carried the puck through 100 feet of ice before dishing off a perfectly timed cross ice pass to Kyle, who blasted the puck past Yote goalie Mike Smith. More on Smith in a bit, after we ask ourselves ‘did Westy really make that play?’ Damn skippy he did, and he screamed and screamed with Cliff after the rubber bounced off twine. Their voices echoed across the arena, because it was loud, the fans were quiet, and again, that place was fricking empty. The goal was huge for Clifford. The man needed something to get his mojo back and I think he did just that.

I’ve spent a good portion of my life over the last 5 years guffawing over how much I love Anze Kopitar. Tonight I will forego the standard fare in lieu of fawning over Mike Richards. The bill is fit and the legend is real. This guy is every bit as good as advertised. From his spectacular penalty killing to his aggressive forechecking to his deftness with the puck around the net, there isn’t a thing this guy can’t do for his team. There is even less that he won’t do.

Quick earned his second consecutive shutout in his 100th career win. Certainly a deserved shutout, we can’t ignore how well the defense played for the majority of the game, despite giving up more shots than they took. Still, Johnny Q. is on his game big time. As for Smith, what the hell was he thinking putting Wile E. Coyote on his helmet? This is a character known for bafoonery and having his best laid schemes foiled. Sure, he’s a Coyote, how clever. It’s a little cruel that no one bothered to look at him cock eyed when he asked for this design and say ‘Mike, do you really want to associate yourself with one of the biggest jackass characters ever created?’ He would have been better off putting a steaming pile of dog shit on his helmet. Coyote feces has accomplished far more than Wile E. coyote ever did.

Did you see a single King play a poor game tonight? I didn’t. They didn’t dominate the Coyotes, but they played a solid structured game and everyone played their roles well, from Kopitar on down to Lewis.

My brain is having trouble holding focus and my creative tingle ain’t tingling, so I’m going to end this abruptly, because I can.


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28 replies

  1. Everything about the team looked great tonight!

  2. Also it was funny to hear Bob call Smith, Mike Brown all game lol

  3. This squad + Dave Tippet = Stanley Cup

    • You couldn’t leave it alone could you. You couldn’t lay off Terry Murray for just one night, even after shutting out Tippet’s team. The man gets no respect, I tell you. One day, I will be the only one left that loves him. That will be a sad day.

  4. It’s not that…although I’m not much of a TM fan anyways…but just the style that Tippet employs with his squad and then thinking what if the Kings had a guy like that behind the bench I saw the Cup being brought out in downtown LA for the parade.

  5. He took my Flyers to the finals, swept by Detroit in 4 though. Its good to see he has finally come to grips with the fact that the days of The Legion of Doom are over. Do you think Kompon saw the writing on the wall or are our players just politely ignoring him? Good game against a team that always seems to give the Kings trouble. Whats up with Penner the past couple of games? It looks like someone woke him up.

    • All good questions. I am asking the same ones and sleeping on it.

    • I believe Mike Richards happened. Also I think that is why Gagne is on the top line, It seems like Richards makes Penner work harder because he knows eventually he will get into scoring areas and MR will find him. Same thing with D, backchecking is key for that line it seems.

      • That’s one thing that caught my attention last night when Jim Fox said Mike Richards will take it upon himself to get Penner motivated.

        I feel very fortunate to be able to watch Kopitar and Richards play for this Kings team.

    • My theory is Richards and Gagne are holding secret meetings with the team to make plays behind Kompon’s back.

  6. I keep loving Richards more every time he touches the puck. Great job by the team tonight.

  7. Bring Buffalo back. I wanna rematch!

    • A rematch would have to be a Stanely Cup final. Not that I would have ANY problem with that. Kings-Buffalo would be a nail-biting finals matchup, judging by the way the two teams have played so far.

  8. P.S. I told ya thet’d be a different team once they got back home, and got into more of a routine. Their not even completely recovered from the trip through hell, and we’re starting to see what this team is made of. Novembers gonna be awsome.

    • Teams that went to Europe are 15-4-3.

      I think the travel is WAY overblown. These guys are professional athletes and travel like Sheiks, they aren’t traveling commercial in coach.

      Some perspective, the Kings were 12-3 last year and November wasn’t so awesome.

      I strongly believe that Richards and Gagne will be the difference this year, but Terry is still behind the bench and that scares me.

      • In the years that teams have went to Europe. the last 3 years have seen 14 teams go, and 7 coaches fired before those seasons even finnished.

  9. My one word on how they played last night….

  10. For me, the knot in stomach is definitely getting smaller. I find that to be such a difference in how I have watched the games. I am slowly letting go of the scary feeling when we are ahead and one minute left and I knew we could still lose. You know what I’m saying? That feeling is going away. I had it at opening night. I knew we would win. Last night, I had the same feeling! Agree with Richards being where he should. Its like he has the puck taped to his stick.

    Lovin it.

  11. Very happy to see your Kings Killer comment.

    The 4 things on my game list last night? Win (check), Power Play (check), Penner Improvement (check), Shut out Doan (check)

  12. No emeny blog response cause there are no fans?

  13. I can’t remember where I read it, but I just loved that Mike Richards said he wants to bring the Cup to LA. I kind of get this feeling that he was a little pissed of about being traded from Philly –this giant hockey market– to LA.

    My impression is there’s an anger there that is going to motivate him to do great things: “I’m going to make it my mission in life to win the Cup for LA, something that not even Gretzky could do, and in doing so make every Angelino into a hockey fan. I’m going to make LA into a hockey market.”


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