Jonathan Quick, Robin Hood Of Hockey – Kings Shutout Sharks 2-0

Sometimes your offense overpowers a team, beats them into submission.

Other times your defense suffocates and sterilizes, strangling what mojo the opposition has when they step on the ice.

And then there are those games when a goalie simply refuses to lose.

To explain what needs not be explained, Jonathan ‘Robin Hood’ Quick robbed the San Jose Sharks of their offensive riches and gave back to the offensively poor, his own Kings, the loot of a win. The Kings scored their quota of goals, 2, a lucky lob at the loser Niemi by He Who Shall Not Yet Be Forgiven, Moreau, and an absolute beauty by He-Man Richards off a perfect behind the net feed from Gagne. Meanwhile, Quick far exceeded his quota of brilliant saves.

Oh sure, the Kings generated a shift or three of quality offense, a temporarily awesome sight for these sore eyes. The defense had 1.5 great penalty kills. But this win was as all Quick as they come. The shot total was close, but without looking at the stats, I’ll venture to guess the scoring chances were not. While the Kings threw shot mentality volleys at Niemi, the Sharks hammered Quick with scoring mentality blow after blow. The last 5 minutes of the second period, in which San Jose had two powerplays, featured some of the most spectacular hockey I’ve seen Quick play.

A moment now to wonder how long the war room in Toronto will hold a grudge against Dean Lombardi’s Kings. If those replay angles conclusively prove Voynov kicked the puck without Brown touching it with his stick before the puck went in, enough to overturn an on-ice call of a good goal, then I get to call my observation that teal is a girl’s color conclusive proof that all Shark fans are hermaphrodites. I think that’s fair.

The Kings really needed this win. I’m still perturbed that we would go into such a defensive shell at the drop of the third period’s puck, but credit the Sharks for pressing the play. Do not credit the Sharks for scratching Handzus. Assholes. We won’t worry about Doughty’s continued perplexing play for this one night, or wonder why Loktionov has had three ineffective games in a row and whether there is a meteor’s chance in Murray’s Cretaceous hell that he stays when Penner is activated. We’ll cut Williams just a little bit of slack, the dude clearly needs it.

We will be happy that Clifford played his most physically intimating game in too long. Laugh at Clowe for displaying his special brand of douchy vaginatry. Applaud Dustin Brown’s bullish game and his signature move working for once, but enough about quotas being hit.

We bow to the magnificence that is Jonathan Quick.

Some games are determined by the talent of the many.

This game was decided by the will power of one.


Update: It seems we are forced to harp on the disallowed goal once more, in light of Murray’s post game comments.

“That call should have, in my opinion, gone the other way. It’s called a goal, on the ice, by the official, and the explanation then, to me, is that it was inconclusive on the video replay judge, as to whether it was kicked or a stick, so there’s no goal. But, actually, it is a goal by that explanation, because it has to be very conclusive that it is kicked. So, it should have been a goal.”

My apologies, we all must have missed when the NHL changed the rulebook to allow for inconclusive evidence overturning a call on the ice. For the referee to admit that the video replay judge called it inconclusive, can only mean so many things, none of them good. The best is that Murray forgot to replace his hearing-aid batteries and misunderstood what the ref told him. The worst is that we are not simply pulling our own Montreal, crying conspiracy, and that Toronto really does have a vendetta against the Kings. Taking Murray’s comment at its word, this can officially go down as the NHL undisputedly fucking up. It is inconsequential whether the call factored into the outcome, which it didn’t, the NHL shouldn’t be violating its own rules, not by the common human error of refereeing, but by specifically making decisions contradictory to those rules. Who is going to fine the war room in Toronto? Can Brendan Shanahan hire his own enforcer, give Darren McCarty something to do, and make a house call to whatever dipshit decided that inconclusive proof now gets to overturn calls? Maybe penance for suspension worthy headshots can be paid by pummeling deserving video jockeys. Sadly, the best we can probably hope for now is another $50,000 comment by Lombardi. Go on Deano, you know you can’t resist. Don’t fight the urge.

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20 replies

  1. Throb! Spurt! Ooooooooooooooooozzzze . . .

  2. Just assume if it goes to Toronto, we are never getting a goal allowed.

    We know that even if Loki had 7 goals, Murray was sending him back when Penner gets back Thursday, but Voynov/Martinez is harder to call. Not for me, personally, I love Voynov but trying to think Murray makes me take pause. His offensive play is unquestionable and yeah he’s made some defensive mistakes, but let’s face it, Martinez ain’t exactly a Mensa candidate sometimes either. And these are merely inexperience mistakes I feel. I have to hope in my heart that Voynov stays up but you never know with this coach.

    Someone who knows better, please help me with this part. When I was a kid playing youth hockey, and even now in old-man-fatty beer league hockey– if I break my stick I usually have about a second and a half to drop my stick before I get a penalty. On the two on one Brown butt slide, the D breaks his stick in our zone on a shot, regroups and is still working his shaft like Traci Lords through the neutral zone. Is there an official length of time to jettison your broken junk before a penalty is called or just douche ref discretion?

    • “Is there an official length of time to jettison your broken junk before a penalty is called or just douche ref discretion?”

      This came up in post-game and Fox and O’Neal seemed to think it was just douche ref discretion.

  3. Thanks Quick. Richards… still love you.

  4. We won we won and the stupid Shark fan who sat behind me was silenced….who knew people could have lower IQ’s than a Duck’s fan??? And such a night to have a Surly and Scribe sitting two rows in front of me! Is that a celebrity moment? Quick was a 1st star with two snaps and a twist!

  5. Post is updated with one of Murray’s post game comments, one that will spark outrage, but not in the way his comments usually piss us off.

    • My Flyers fan friend and I have decided that there’s an Original Six bias / conspiracy (Montreal excepted).

    • My neice figured it went this way in Toronto

      Is Brown Canadian? No He’s American.
      Oh. What about Voynov? No. He’s Russian.
      Oh. And it’s Lombardi’s team? Yep.

      Fuck ’em.

  6. I don’t like TM as a head coach. I’ll give credit where credit is due and I think TM is a good, if not very good, Defensive coach. But as a head coach, last night’s game to me just displayed why he’s not going to be head coach much longer. Even though they won the game, it’s clear, and has been clear, that the Kings “style” of hockey is somewhat forced. TM is “forced” to play this way although I don’t think he really feels comfortable with a fast, attack orientated style of hockey. I think he’s comfortable with the defensive side of things of shutting lines down and being relatively conservative.

    It’s sad that when so many bloggers have put together lines that we believe would be the best combos and yet the head coach after 20+ games finally pulls his head outta his ass and shifts the lines to a lot like the ones that we’ve been posting for a while now. TM finally put that Gagne Richards Williams line together for a couple of shifts late in the game. They didn’t really do much but it was good to see. The Gagne Richards goal? That was a thing of beauty. We would most likely never see that with Brown Richards. That was smart hockey. That was playmaking at its finest. That was knowing what the other guy wants to do and then getting it done.

    If TM was more “comfortable” with this style of play, he would have deployed similar lines at the beginning of the season rather than 1/4 way through. He would be good to keep on as the defensive coach and maybe Stevens can move to the head coach spot. Even though they may have similar thoughts about the system, Stevens is younger and may be more open to this very fast, aggressive style of play.

    If anyone has seen that move Miracle, Herb Brooks tells his guys that the reason why the US can’t beat the Russian team is because they are too busy trying to defend them. He said to then beat them you have to Attack them. Case in point the game last night. The Kings were attacking from all parts of the zone and SJ were on their heels for some good portions of the game. Quick was a fucking Stud though and the game could have easily been tied.

    • I may have an article in me regarding TM’s reluctance to play the style of hockey that we need to play to win. It’s like he knows what he has to do but is cranky that he has to do it, so he half asses it.

      • You outta dig it up and re-post it if you’ve got the time or desire. No doubt he’s done well with the defensive side of things. It’s visible that the team is being held back offensively. I think this squad has a real good shot in going deep this year is dinosauris rex is gone.

        • Oh not something I already wrote, something I’m thinking about writing. It’s just whether I feel like digging through his quotes on Hammond or not. When it comes to research… the answer is usually not… unless of course its a new electronic device I want to buy… then I’m ALL over that research shit.

  7. “Sadly, the best we can probably hope for now is another $50,000 comment by Lombardi. Go on Deano, you know you can’t resist. Don’t fight the urge.”

    Dean leaves that for goals that cost the Kings points. If the Kings had tied the game late in the 3rd and had the goal overturned without conclusive evidence, then I think he would have gone off. Murray too, but since it only kept the Kings from winning by 3 instead of 2, no one really cares.

  8. Douchy vaginatry is correct, sir.

  9. This game reminded me strongly of the playoff game we took from them last year.


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