L.A. Kings Give The Vile, Abject, Repugnant, Contemptible, Wretched

…abhorrent, invidious, execrable, foul, loathsome, Orange County miscreants one point. One undeserving point. When an Anaheim rat comes to my door, I don’t give it a small morsel of cheese. I take a shovel to its skull, drive a stake through its heart and hang it in effigy in my front yard as a warning to its entire species. This is our house you rodents. You leave here with nothing other than your undeserving lives if I feel the magnanimous impulse to spare it.

We controlled two periods.

TWO.

If Dustin Brown kept his damn stick on the ice after receiving the perfect pass from Andrei Loktionov, it would have been a 2-0 lead. If Justin Williams or Simon Gagne could finish tonight, it would have been 3. If that damn cross-bar didn’t save Hiller’s ass, it would have been 4. Instead, it was 1-0 and a team that possesses a killer instinct does not take its boot off the enemy’s neck with a 1-0 lead.

Andrei Loktionov is ready for prime time. Each time the puck is on his stick, he is dangerous. With experience, we have a potential star in our midst. Everything about him oozes top 6 forward.

If Terry Murray takes the stranglehold off the perimeter play and point shot mentality as the end all, be all, opens up the center of the offensive zone, allows our forwards to funnel the puck to the net, makes the lateral passes for one timers and set plays from behind the net, in addition to the cycle, part of our repertoire, it will bring us balance on offense. Balance, with the mixture of skill and toughness we possess, will put goals on the scoreboard. Without it, we are still a one-dimensional offensive team in a league that requires at least 3 dimensions to be in the top 4 and “contend”.

On the subject of offense, what I would not give if Dustin Brown had a higher hockey IQ. O’Captain, My Captain. Some of his shots on net when he has time and space to maneuver are maddening. Still, he brings a lot of good things and I see a hint (a small one) of chemistry with Mike Richards. Brownie had a good game. I am nit-picking a bit. I want more.

Speaking of Richie (Surly just cursed me), nice game. He added finish to those intangibles. “Intangibles suck!”

Jonathan Quick played well. “That is an insult to the defense!”

Ah…I think we call those epileptic JTs…I kid, I kid…

Justin Williams. I can only hope that shootout victory goal gets him out of his funk. He is a streaky player. We know this. Without Williams, that 8 cylinder first line is hitting on 6.

When we got in the car, the wife asked me when I am completely shaving off my playoff beard that I started last April. I told her when we win the Stanley Cup. She has said two words to me since we left.

GO KINGS!



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  1. I see you’re not taking it well.

    You should always keep a sense of serene equipoise about these matters. For example, in situations like these, where we played so well and let the Fucks get a point out of it, I find the following chant helps me immensely:

    Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate!

    Just keep repeating it. It’s remarkable how much better you’ll feel.

  2. I took mainly three things out of that game:

    1) Justin Williams, turns the puck over like a madman. Offensive zone, neutral zone, everywhere. I think he tries to get too creative, and just does the old cough up.

    2) Stoll still needs a compass for that point shot.

    3) Brown should’ve buried that pass from Loktionov. That was as tap-in as they’re gonna get, and it would’ve been a huge goal. Come on Brownie, you gotta put those away.

  3. All game I kept thinking to myself (and out loud) that if Kopitar was playing in a different system he could be one of the most talked about players in the league.

    Mike Richards is one the NHL’s top tier centers, Kopitar is better.

    Pissed about a win? yep, me too.

  4. If I heard this right, apparently Trent Hunter got over 4:30 of powerplay time last night, and Andrei Loktionov got ZERO.

    People can disagree all they like on Terry Murray’s strategy and all of that, but this is just plain unacceptable no matter how you slice it. Absolutely unacceptable. Is this man completely incapable of making the most obvious choices?

    • Yes. Yes he is. He’s proven that about four thousand times. He’s even worse under pressure.

    • This drove me fucking nuts all game long. Its not even a knock on Hunter, its that Loki a fantastic powerplay guy and when he has that time and space he will create, particularly if he is playing with a guy like Gagne.

    • People can disagree all they like on Terry Murray’s strategy and all of that, but this is just plain unacceptable no matter how you slice it. Absolutely unacceptable. Is this man completely incapable of making the most obvious choices?

      … Could not have said it better myself. My ongoing issue with Terry Murray has never been his strategy, or his system – it has been his deployment of players. Putting Hunter on the PP was just another ridiculous personnel decision, one of many he’s made over the years.

      To Murray, “veteran-ness” trumps talent every time. The only reason Hunter saw PP time and Loktionov didn’t is because Hunter’s a veteran.

      • But what you don’t realize JT, is that this deployment of players goes hand in hand with his system.

        It’s not that Hunter trumps Loki, its that Gagne and Williams trump Loki, because Murray will never put a PP lineup out there without the big body for the front of the net. The system requires shots funneled to the point with traffic in front, and he therefore picks big bodies for the PP. Having Loki out there wouldn’t suit the needs of his scheme, because Loki would be there to play a style of game that Murray doesn’t want to play.

        So I agree that his deployment of players is mind boggling, but it does along with his philosophy. I have trouble separating the two because I see one a result of the other.

        • It’s not that Hunter trumps Loki, its that Gagne and Williams trump Loki, because Murray will never put a PP lineup out there without the big body for the front of the net.

          … Still not gonna buy it. The Kings ran out Richards-Kopitar-Brown on the PP at times; in fact, this was the alignment with which they scored their only goal. There was no reason that the Kings couldn’t run out Loktionov with Gagne and Williams, have Gagne in front of the net and Loktionov and Williams distributing/shooting the puck.

          Murray could have given Loktionov time on the PP, if he really wanted to do so. He just didn’t want that. This isn’t a “system” issue – I have no quarrel with a funnel PP, at all; in fact, I’m all for it. Murray just throws out the wrong players. Hell, Clifford would have been a better option in front of the net than Hunter. Murray just won’t throw out a young player in a role when he has a veteran available.

          • Your point about the 1st PP helps mine. Brown is to that line as Hunter is to the 2nd. Your point about playing a vet over a rookie is asbolutely true too, which, like you pointed out Is why Hunter would play over Clifford. I’m just saying That we all see it as Hunter vs Loki.), But I’m willing to bet that isn’t the way Murray sees It. If Murray wanted This put Loki on the second unit, he would still want a Hunter or Brown out there too.

          • Your point about the 1st PP helps mine. Brown is to that line as Hunter is to the 2nd.

            … Wow, this unwarranted griping about Brown that I’ve seen lately is good for a laugh if nothing else. If Brown shouldn’t be on the first PP unit, neither should Richards, because Brown is every bit the player Richards is. Yeah, you heard me right. Look at the results. Bias, anyone?

      • Deployment of olayers
        Exactly!
        GO KINGS GO!!!

    • Oh yeah..the PP was stupid and no fun with those rent a players..pissed me off
      GO KINGS GO!!!

  5. If you hang the actual rat as a warning, then you aren’t hanging it ‘in effigy’.

  6. 1 for 6 on the power play isn’t going to cut it. The sucks won’t play so undisciplined again tonight. They definitely let off the gas in the 3rd period. That set play off the powerplay was well executed and an allowable goal. The missed opportunities were not. I hope they are all watching tape on Hiller today so they learn to get the puck up.

    The forecheck was much improved. Have to give Hunter credit for trying to get in the mix. Quick did a great job of playing the puck all night to keep the action in transition and offensive zones.

  7. I thought Brown had some of the most dangerous play all night long for either team. Even more than Kopi, or Teemu, and some were plays where he took it right to the goalmouth. Did we see 2 different games?

    • Brown played well. Kopi had what I’d call a frustrating game, but he was still, as always, decidedly the best player on the ice for either team.

    • How many goals did Brown score? He fucked up the best chance to score he got and that was a tape to tape from Lokti. Brown is not finishing and he is taking some dumb, dumb, poor angle shots when he has time and space. Still though, he played a good power forward game. I just want more.

  8. No mention of Voynov? The guy who looks COMPLETELY comfortable on an NHL team and in each and every game he has played has shown he is 100% ready for the show? We still need to see consistency over a longer time span with Slava, but if we don’t have room for this kid, it might be time to make room.

    • I wouldn’t mind, but I think the Kings will wait at least 1/2 the season before making anything permanent on Voynov, if for any reason then to see what areas the Kings can improve without taking on more paurol, or gutting their line up to make an upgrade.

      If the line up (once it’s healthy) can handle its own eventually, then Voynovs play might not be enough to force DL to scrap his current depth plan till the summer.

      And we all know how patient DL can be.

    • No mention of Voynov? The guy who looks COMPLETELY comfortable on an NHL team and in each and every game he has played has shown he is 100% ready for the show?

      … Voynov played alright; as long as he’s used correctly, he’ll do well. We ARE dealing with Terry Murray here, so stay tuned on that.

      I’ll probably catch grief from his admirers, but aside from the goal I didn’t think Richards had a good game at all. I wasn’t very impressed by Fraser or by Moreau. I thought Clifford had a nice game. Jack had a really nice game. Brown’s game was up and down, very erratic. Quick didn’t have to do much but he played well when he needed to do so. Loktionov’s game was also erratic, but he showed some bright spots for sure. I thought Hunter did pretty well for himself at 5-on-5 but sucked on the PP. Kopitar was his usual brilliant self. Doughty did well but seemed like he wasn’t able to get himself unstuck at times – maybe he’s still a half-step behind where he wants to be.

      • I can agree with most of these assessments. I don’t think Voynov was brilliant or anything, but he was virtually mistake free and just very solid. He had a Scuderi-type “I didn’t notice him much in the good way” kind of game. He’s always trying to get shots through from the point, and as time goes on they will get through with more regularity.

        Richards wasn’t great, but I don’t think he was bad by any means. He was getting used to Loki, and as you said Brown was erratic. Both Richards and Loki like to hold on the puck and make plays, so I expected some growing pains.

  9. Pretty good game for the Kings, had troubles finishing as usual. Stoll almost scored in the 1st period on the PP after a point shot but was a great blocker save by Hiller.

    Nothing much else, Hiller was great, Kings had trouble finishing on some plays. 2pts is 2pts. Voynov is good and ready, agreed. It will give Deslauries more opportunities in Manchester. So okay, later.

  10. that penalty to williams that let the ducks tie it was crap. absolute dive.

    • Nonsense. It was a penalty and it should have been called. He slashed right into Fowler’s skates.It wasn’t that different from the one where Doughty went down.

      • Foxy tried to point out it was a toe pick, but I didn’t buy it. The toe pick wouldn’t have happened if Fowler wasn’t slashed on one skate as he was trying a crossover with the other.

        Shit happens.

  11. I think someone here should win this contest and go in fully decked out in Kings regalia: http://fastfood.ocregister.com/2011/11/17/ducks-giveaway-club-seats-private-dining-with-maven/140673/

  12. Exactly right..2 Good Periods..still a nightmare trying to get a puck in the friggin net! Sometimes that net looks like it eemt down the rabbit hole ..shrinking to croquet size. If we could connect some of those beautiful passes to the intended just 13% more we would have some nice goals!
    We sat back in the third..in our defensive shell? and as has been our pattern, we cannot hold the lead for the last 5 minutes of the game.
    WHY WHY WHY?????
    So we won the shootout ..yay Stollie..back on track..but should not have given those sucks a point.
    Tonight let have a duck BBQ
    GO KINGS GO!!!

  13. Bobby, why did you stop your scoring zone breakdowns? Last night was a perfect example of why more shots doesn’t equal goals. I would be intersted to see your findings from last night’s game.

    Looking at NHL.com, I have the Kings at 9 of 27 at even strength (33%), while the Ducks were 9 of 17 (53%). This is exactly how it looked to me live. While the Kings had a lot of possession time, they were around the perimeter most of the night and still throwing shots at the net from the points. They had another 15 shots blocked last night. On the PP the LA Kings had 5 of 8 shots in the scoring zone, and to the surprise of no one, they scored their only goal on the PP. Mike Richards had 5 of the Kings 8 shots on the PP. He’s the only one consistently throwing the puck to the middle on the PP and I believe he is the reason the PP has been more successful this season. Looks to be the same PP setup as last year.

  14. Exactly right..2 Good Periods..still a nightmare trying to get a puck in the friggin net! Sometimes that net looks like it eemt down the rabbit hole ..shrinking to croquet size. If we could connect some of those beautiful passes to the intended just 13% more we would have some nice goals!
    We sat back in the third..in our defensive shell? and as has been our pattern, we cannot hold the lead for the last 5 minutes of the game.
    WHY WHY WHY?????
    So we won the shootout ..yay Stollie..back on track..but should not have given those sucks a point.
    Tonight let have a duck BBQ

    GO KINGS GO!!!
    p.s. got to sit up by the announcers..great ovetall
    view..but very low glass..so for those overindulgers or people who get

  15. ….Suicidal ;)
    GO KINGS GO!!!

  16. A willingness to let up after two is worrisome. It translates into results vs. better teams that we saw vs. Buff. and NJ. I kept waiting for the Kings to take it to ‘em in the third.

    But they just never did. Why not?

    • And I hasten to add, this had nothing to do with D. Penner. Or Voynov or Loktionov, who were just fine. Sooo…how ’bout it, Coach Murray? (and I’m not asking for a quote, sir). M. Richards copped to the obvious after the game – am I asking the wrong man? Coach Murray…?

    • A willingness to let up after two is worrisome.

      … I don’t think the Kings let up, though. If Brown pots the two on one, which he by all rights should have, the Kings are up 2-zip and we’re not having this conversation at all.

      Again, it goes back to executing fundamentals. Break out of the zone properly, keep your stick down on the ice whether you’re expecting a pass or not, don’t leave the defensive zone without the puck, don’t take undisciplined penalties, etc. If you don’t follow or execute fundamentals properly, you’ll have bad things happen. It’s not the fault of the system if the players aren’t doing things properly.

      I don’t think the team had any kind of mental let up after two periods. The Ducks took six penalties in the first two periods, and the Kings took just two. That put the Ducks in a hole. In the third, the Ducks were able to come back because they stayed out of the box. The Kings took a couple penalties in the third, and paid for them with some shifts that carried momentum in the game away from them a bit. That’s gonna happen. The Kings outshot the Ducks 5-on-5 in the third, and the chances (in my view) were dead even. That’s not letting up.

      • I like your breakdown of events. Allow me to clarify: I don’t think the Kings “sat” on their lead, but it was my impression that they did not maintain the mental focus of the first two periods. In my view, this was manifested in the symptoms you point out(loosening of fundamentals). The Ducks did sort out some of their troubles, but much of their problem in the first two was what we were doing – for instance the penalties, which we mostly “drew” by forcing the action at them. We gave them more space in the third, and they implemented their adjustments.

        On your point about momentum, you are right – the shifts are a fact of life. After all, they want to win too.

        On the system issue, I’m thinking more about the mental issue than a system failure. So the question here seems to be: was the 3rd period drop-off in fundamentals due to a
        mental falling-off, or another cause – such as the Ducks regrouping or some other reason.

        I would prefer that it not be a mental – not lapse exactly, but a waning. Isn’t this what players and coaches mean when they refer to playing all three periods? Or is there a training or stamina question?

      • Or would it be more accurate to say that, in your opinion, Ana. played two sub-par periods, then regrouped and executed their game in the third. In other words, the shift was all about Ana., and not about the Kings.

        If so, could be. It is often difficult to say, when one team dominates another, whether the one played brilliantly, the other poorly, or both. I suspect the 3rd. Per. was some of both (though again, I would rather be altogether mistaken here).

  17. Forgot to say..so Great to see Lokti!
    He played well, the little playtmaker..I like when he just plays instinctively ..few times he paused..like he was making sute he was doing what he was ‘supposed’ to do..if we could only grow him a foot taller.
    GO KINGS GO!!!

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