L.A. Kings At Chicago Blackhawks: Open Game Forum

I actually think this father’s trip is well timed. Chicago, as fairly recent Cup champs present an “up-and-at-’em” type of vibe, not that it has meant much in terms of our recent record against them. The added invigoration of having almost all the dads in attendance can be a very good motivator. Guys always want to show their daddies how good they can do, for either positive pride or Oedipal vengeance. I have to wonder if the group papa parade coinciding with the Kings breaking out of their 2-goal dystopia is anything but directly correlated.

On the Gagne front, if Loktionov can’t up his own ante after a three game benching and an unfortunate miracle for his NHL paycheck, then it won’t be much of a shame if he goes back down whether by quick recovery of Simon or replacement by another. I refuse to accept that Hunter is still being considered as a legitimate option for any role on this team. Call me an optimistic.

Dan Carcillo won’t be playing, which is dandy news for anyone who dislikes overgrown rats on the rink. We almost lucked out with Kane skipping the game, who missed practice yesterday with strep throat, but it seems the pretty boy has lubed his esophagus up all nice and tender like since then. Other than Loki going in on the second line the Kings will look the same, unless Sutter makes another decision at warm-up on for fourth line, just one more in a subtle stream of coaching nuances Darryl has utilized that Murray never considered. That, and things like looking interested in the game and talking to players on the bench. He even admitted to cheerleading last game, that monster.

The Kings have not looked the least bit lazy in their last several games and win or lose, I expect this upward mobility trend to take another step tonight. The Hawks pose quite a threat but their prowess in no way denies our ability to continue the fierce play and assertive forecheck that allowed us to control 40 minutes against Phoenix. Quick, who will probably start in goal, has always bounced back with stronger play when it wanes like it did a bit on Monday. Wax on Jonathan.

That’s all I got. Talk amongst yourselves.

Go Kings Go!



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  1. It’ll be a good test but it’ll be another week or two before we start seeing many of the things Sutter can do for this team. He has done a good job getting some players going without the benefit of many practices.

  2. So, is Bernier going to play? Soon? Tomorrow? I hope.

  3. Dude! Everyone on Chicago has an unusually long stick…or the Kings passes are that telegraphed…

  4. Funny that now that Murray is gone we are hearing things from the players and Fox that “shot” mentality isn’t the right word for it. Surprise surprise, the Hawks aren’t very good at defense but they have more points than anyone.

    I like that we gained some momentum off that powerplay… Better than nuttin’.

    • Surprise surprise, the Hawks aren’t very good at defense but they have more points than anyone

      … Chicago is very good defensively 5-on-5, actually. They just have shitty goaltending and a slumping PK.

  5. And here’s come another one. Poor Loki.

  6. Oh that was a beauty of a chance.

  7. It was, but there goes that momentum

  8. Clifford-Fraser-Hunter. Sutter is nuts, scared of overplaying his best players, or sending a message with that PP combo. Please don’t be the first one.

  9. … HAY GUISE I missed the first ten minutes, what’s happening? At least they’re not behind yet.

  10. Mr. Clifford looks like he could bite someones…head off

  11. JT, they are playing pretty good considering they are playing the Blackhawks

  12. When you get that many powerplays… You can expect to take some penalties.

  13. … Is it just me or are the lights flickering at United Center?

    • That or the luminance of the broadcast is going haywire. Haven’t payed close enough attention to it to notice which, but I have noticed overall shifts in the lightning.

      Overall a serious bend but don’t break period, thanks to some great D on the kill and very timely saves by Quick. Some decent work up front. Richards is getting back his mean.

    • Ha. Noticed the same thing. Probably the broadcast. Regarding the game, all I can say is our powerplay sucks donkey dick.

  14. So, I haven’t had the chance to watch many games and tonight I’m watching Chicago’s broadcast which kinda sucks. But, I have to say, although they don’t look lights out, they look better than the last time I saw them play. Although, it would be nice to see full strength hockey for longer than a minute. :)

  15. … That was a great goal. I LOVE those goals! Way to be there, Hunter.

  16. That’s how you grind out a goal!!

  17. Richards is becoming my favorite player

  18. … Well, here comes what used to be the most exciting play in hockey(tm), cheapened by the shootout.

  19. … I like it. The Kings look more intense, they’re talking, they look like they’re more eager and more confident tonight. They look like they’re actually having fun playing the game. Maybe it’s because their dads are with them, I dunno. Maybe they needed to gain a little perspective. Whatever it is, I’m glad to see it.

    • The dads should come to every game. It can’t cost the Kings that much, can it?

    • In Chicago, you get NIN, in LA you get crappy broMusic

    • Maybe it’s because TM ain’t around anymore….

      • Maybe it’s because TM ain’t around anymore….

        … Maybe, but if that’s true, it’s certainly not on Murray. I’m sure Murray wasn’t ordering the team to not play confident or not have fun or not be intense.

        As I’ve said, sometimes the head coach has to pay for the sins of the players. That’s part of the job.

        • It was more subtle than that. No coach is going to tell their team to not be intense or play stupid. My guess is that it’s the things he said, the way he said them, the things he didn’t say when he should have said something, his non verbal stuff all played into the team.

          The team is playing like maniacs now. Carrying it into the zone Way more often then with TM on board. One example is TM always talking about a “shot mentality.” That has got to be the most retardest things I’ve ever heard.

          • One example is TM always talking about a “shot mentality.” That has got to be the most retardest things I’ve ever heard

            … You know, I hear that a lot. And I heard Murray criticized so many times and people saying “all Murray wants is for the team to take shots and hope for good bounces, how dumb!”

            And yet, what happened tonight? How did they score the goals? They got pucks to the net with initial shots, shot mentality, got some good bounces with pucks being loose in front, and eventually put them away. This is what Murray was preaching all along. I’ve seen the Kings score so many goals exactly like the two they scored tonight when Murray was the coach.

            Again, I’ve never said Terry was the perfect coach. But I don’t think his game plan was the downfall of this team. The Kings played the same game plan today as they played in the Murray era, and won. It’s a good game plan. The players just have to be intense enough and focused enough to execute it. They did that tonight.

          • I think you’re missing the humor in that slogan. How else does one score a goal? It’s so blatantly obvious it’s retarded. It’s like he’s talking to the Hansen brothers.

            No Shit you’re going to shoot the puck coach! I think Brown put it in a much better context. “Scoring mentality” with the guy in front of the net, scrambling, biting, scratching, etc. whatever it takes to put the puck in the net. I think the team misses some really tasty chances by putting the puck on the goalie rather than trying to hit the backdoor guy just standing there with a wide open net. Although it looks like the team is starting to see that more now.

          • In all fairness to TM, I think he did a great job with the team with the time he was there. So I definitely appreciate that. No doubt he’s a good coach. But as the team struggles to find the next level and the coach an impediment, then the most logical step is to remove the guy and replace him with someone who is better equipped to get the team there.

          • It’s so blatantly obvious it’s retarded. It’s like he’s talking to the Hansen brothers. No Shit you’re going to shoot the puck coach!

            … I don’t think you understand what Murray’s trying to say with it, if you truly feel that it’s obvious.

            I think the team misses some really tasty chances by putting the puck on the goalie rather than trying to hit the backdoor guy just standing there with a wide open net. Although it looks like the team is starting to see that more now.

            … Teams are too good defensively in general to try a lot of plays like that. Sure, they’re good for the occasional attempt to keep the threat of it in their minds, but more often than not the “pretty” chances usually get broken up – and usually they result in a counterattack. if you have a good responsible game plan, with guys getting back to cover for others cutting backdoor to the net or cutting down the middle, it becomes easier to try those plays. And that’s what Murray was also trying to preach.

          • It is obvious. There’s no arguing that getting those dirty rebound goals in this league is just a fact of life. But when there’s teams like Boston or Chicago where the winger is coming down the lane in the Ozone rather than putting the puck on net the winger will pass it to the opposite wing or center for a tip in. Yes it does take finesse and skill but these other teams are doing it on a regular basis.

            It goes back to my whole thing about reading the play. If the opposite wing isn’t open then yes you gotta put it on net and try and knock the rebound in.

  20. … Well, that was a nice win. I’m sure that there will be those here who will say Quick “stole” the game or whatever, but the Kings clearly out-played the Hawks tonight, and I think the guy who was assigned to keep track of the Hawks’ shots was probably hanging out with the off-duty beer guys because I counted no more than 31 shots for Chicago. I have no idea where the additional seven came from.

  21. Hooleee Shit whatta game! Mitchell and Scuds the game before now it’s Hunter and Stoll? It’s been a good thing since the TM firing. Nothing like blanking them Dickhawks :D

  22. We only scored 2 goals, but when you shutout the number one team in the league, who cares, right?

  23. Is there a magic fairy in Chicago? What is up with those chimes?

  24. I will not blame it on the boom boom

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