Well, there you have it Kings fans, Darryl Sutter is the perfect coach. A nice, round 100% winning record in his time with the Kings. Terry Murray, for all his compete, can’t claim that shit. The Kings win 3-2 over the Ducks in a shoot out and all is well is LaLa land.
Or so the Germans would have us believe.
While I am happy the Kings got off on the right foot under Sutter and have put together their first winning streak in the month of December (don’t argue with me that the win over Florida on December 1st was their second win in a row, they ain’t won two in a row IN December until tonight), I reserve the right to remain cynical. Positive, but very cynical until they can score more than two goals in a game. Hell even if it’s in a losing effort, I just want this horrid string of 2 goals or less games to end. What’s it at, 13 games now? As Bobby likes to say, pfft.
Speaking of Bobby, after the game he said to me that all the love he had for Visnovsky is officially gone. I think that’s a little harsh and probably just a front, trying to convince me the latent OC Duck love he has demonstrated is just a figment of my active imagination. I won’t go so far as I will always have a soft spot for Lubo and cookies in general, but that rat bastard, the defenseman who plays like the $7 million man he isn’t, did gain the undeserving Ducks a point in the standings with his beastly goal to tie the game in the second period. Whose shot was better, Visnovsky’s or Brown’s? I’m going with Brown. That was as marvelous as Stan Lee comic book, yuk yuk. Funny how both teams scored their first goals on quick point deflections and their second goals on perfect wristers from about the same distance. Was Lubo’s a wrister? I don’t remember.
Was the Duck’s loser point really an undeserving one? Yes it was. Despite offensive struggles that won’t work themselves out over night, the Kings controlled the vast majority of that game, in large part due to a forecheck that featured not one, but two players going deep to battle for pucks. Fancy that, we spent our time hounding the puck instead of patiently waiting along the half wall for a fortuitous bounce. For a first outing under a new coach, the Kings demonstrated a cohesiveness we have not seen much of lately.
Let us not forget to credit John Stevens, who coached the Kings to a loss so miserable it inspired the kind of reenergized performance against Toronto on Monday that allowed Sutter to simply bring in a fresh message that translated to immediate results. Now the real work begins. Now a new forecheck and an improved neutral zone system can be ingrained into the heads of these players. Of course, they do have to deal with San Jose first, a better test than the defensively abhorrent Ducks.
Oh wait, I should probably comment on some things that happened in the game. Well… The fans were completely quiet until the fantastic penalty kill in OT. I counted exactly 4 ‘let’s go Kings’ chants throughout the game. There was a ‘Hiiiiiller’ chant that went on for quite a while. I would have appreciated it except that it happened at the drop of the puck in the first period, which is outright strange. I’ve noticed this becoming a trend, razzing the opposing goalie before anything has happened in the game. I’m pretty sure it comes from the same section every game. It’s probably the same guy. Hey guy, stop that. Oh crap, the game.
I liked Sutter’s concept of putting an energy player on each of the top 3 lines. Richardson relishes opportunities and made the space in front of Hiller’s face his home. Lewis, hands of stone though he has, carried the puck through the neutral zone with authority. Stoll… Well his shoot out goal was nice and he threw his weight around. I’m starting to wonder if Williams will ever come out of his funk. Good on Fraser for fighting. Next time don’t let Belesky win. Jack Johnson on the third pairing? Between he and Greene that’s a damn expensive third pairing but monetary considerations aside, that’s the kind of bottom pairing I like to see.
Let’s see… What else, what else. Richards rules. I like the frequent attempts at one timers. Kopitar carrying the puck through the center of the ice jingles my bells. Getzlaf is an asshole and Perry looks very comfortable on his knees, where he spend much of his time tonight. Some guy in front of me had a big problem with Beauchemin, so that was amusing. Selanne’s game is beautiful in a ‘I want to push the prom queen down the stairs’ sort of way. I think that about sums it up. Oh wait, Duck fans are disgusting. Duck fans that wear Chicago Blackhawks hats are worse.
2 more points please.
Go Kings Go
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