I’m noticing a trend.
It goes something like… Kings score quick random goals, get outplayed most of the game, Quick holds on for a win. Well, perhaps it’s not a trend, they don’t always win. Still, the Kings were pretty badly outplayed for the majority of this one. The Panthers’ exciting brand of feisty hockey kept the Kings busy and Quick busier, with oaf Tomas Kopecky making it particularly unpleasant for Jonathan to make 41 saves.
Which brings me to another trend. Quick is getting up in some faces more often, his temper on a shorter fuze. I have a feeling we are in store for some fun old-time hockey moments from Quick as he fills out the boyish exterior with a hardened interior. Hopefully Hextall has been showing him good spaniel slashing technique. Hey, maybe that and his improved play with the puck on his stick go hand in hand.
But enough about Quick, he wasn’t completely left out to dry. Johnson and Scuderi played strong games, bailing Quick out when he needed it. Voynov further proved that he is only getting more and more comfortable and poised. Brown is picking up speed. He had a fantastic game, and is really coming on strong lately.
The bad news is that both Willie Mitchell and Mike Richards left the game and did not return and it wasn’t because they just couldn’t stand looking at Brian Campbell’s laughable avian face.
No idea what happened to Mitchell. Sub-horizon region injury. Richards gets pounded by Sean Bergenheim, proceeds to harass him, takes a double minor at the end of the second period and doesn’t skate a shift of the third. The happiest person on the ice was Kopecky, who was the number target for leaving the game possessing fewer ribs than he began it with before Bergenheim put his shoulder in Richards’ head.
Though the game was brimming with energy, from the ice to the sounds of the arena, I still worry, and will continue to worry, until our trend becomes winning games through force and not purely by resilience.
Quick is a joy to watch, but I think I’m ready for some healthy servings of offensive zone pressure.