NHL Referee Stephen Walkom & Colorado Avalanche Best LA Kings 2-1 In Shootout

You may remember a referee by the name of Dean Morton.

Google him, see what you find.

Tonight, a similar treatment will be bestowed unceremoniously upon NHL referee Stephen Walkom.

But first, since Scribe decided with the New Year comes a new post game style, I will follow suit… sort of. I’m a team player, but I don’t take orders kindly, so while I will follow Scribe’s endeavor to revamp our post game reports, I shall do so in my own way.

What The Hell Did I See?

For the majority of the game, I saw the Los Angeles Kings have their way with the Colorado Avalanche. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. They are without star center Matt Duchene, they are led on paper by curly-haired adolescent dufus Ryan O’Reilly and led in the locker room by the curdled milk equivalent Milan Hejduk. We kid Hejduk, we here at S&S thoroughly support the advancement for the facially and mentally handicapped.

While the Kings controlled the played portion of the game, NHL referee Stephen Walkom saw to it that he controlled the scoreboard. I saw the Kings jump on the Colorado team right off the opening face-off. I then saw Justin Williams score a goal almost immediately, a redirection that took place along the sight line of the throwback crown on Williams’ chest. NHL referee Stephen Walkom saw something else. NHL referee Stephen Walkom must have seen a divine light, for his eyes were focused upwards to a place beyond the crossbar where the spirit of Williams’ stick deflected Johnson’s shot in hockey heaven, above the clouds and thus deserving of a wash-out here at lowly ice level. The call went to video review but you were foolish to hold out hope that the goal would count as the NHL’s process of video review condemns the overturning of high-stick related goal calls, in either direction.

This begs a tangent.

We live in the age of lasers. There’s a fucking gyroscope in my phone. Infrared beams and other high frequency positioning mechanics blast through our surroundings on an unceasing basis. If you are bored enough to watch a football game, a fabricated line is superimposed on yardage markers every play. For shit’s sake there are digital TV advertisements displayed on the glass of some hockey arena’s that don’t exist in real space. Am I to believe that there is no better way for Toronto to judge a high stick call than to look at 3 or 4 canted camera angles and essentially guess at the latitude of a puck when there is a disputed call, essentially negating the standing that conclusive evidence need be effused for a call to be overturned? Is it just me or does this story of justice read something like a Salem trial in 1690? Well I done seen the girl crying in the forest sir, must’ve be a witch I say. I do not believe it is either asinine or unreasonable to expect the offices in Toronto to figure out a way to judge high stick calls that is congruent with a decade in which I have a device on my keychain that is less than an inch long and yet holds more computer data than it took to put a fucking man on the moon.

But enough about the assurance that NHL referee Stephen Walkom gives us that Williams’ stick was above the crossbar. We must be careful not to suffer fools for too long no matter how often fools are thrust upon us.

Tonight I saw Mike Richards play his worst game in a Kings’ uniform. Poor reads, mishandling of the puck, equivocation. These things defined a man tonight who is typically ballyhooed for his determination, intelligence and composure. Was his island overly wet to end 2011 or is it just a statistical eventuality? I don’t expect to see him play that way again this year. I am sure neither does he.

I saw a Kings’ powerplay that can not mimic improved 5-on-5 creativity. I did see some spectacular play 5-on-5, particularly in the second period when the Kings tried more one-timers than they have all season, made Chicago-like goalmouth passes and utilized a place once referred to by a man named Wayne as ‘the office’ to generate plays. An unfortunately novel concept.

Sadly I then saw some Russian prick named Semyon Varlamov steal a game for his team. Not often this season has it been the opposing goalie on the receiving end of such high praise, but tonight the Colorado netminder ripped victory from the hands of the Kings and smugly handed them defeat.

What The Hell Didn’t I See?

I don’t think I saw Dustin Penner shoot the puck. Wait, let me check. OK he took 1 shot. I know I saw him have more than one opportunity to shoot, but I certainly did not see a Penner confident in his ability to score. While Dustin has taken the step from being a blight to at times having something resembling a positive impact on the game, I am now waiting for him to take the next step to recalling the days in which he bullied his way to the blue paint and buried pucks with some degree of regularity.

I did not see Williams’ call upon lady luck. From his disallowed goal to his numerous prime scoring chances, Williams is creating more and more and as a result becoming all the more frustrating and heartbreaking to watch. It is either a matter of time before he goes on a tear or he has simply used up all the gimmes the hockey gods have given him. Williams is truly the tragic story of the season thus far.

While I did see Jack Johnson take several shots, I did not see many of them go on net. The team as a whole has recently learned that 9 times out of 10 a low shot produces better results than a high shot. Johnson is currently behind this curve.

I did not see Kyle Clifford knee whoever it was that he supposedly kneed. I watched the replay at the game and I saw shoulder contact. I suppose I will not be seeing NHL referee Stephen Walkom performing duty as a seeing eye dog, but perhaps I will see him registering to get one. On the bright side, Clifford is slowly returning, game by game, to his beastly playoff form of yesteryear.

I did not see an Avalanche team that played well enough to win, nor did I see a Kings’ team that played poor enough to lose. But perhaps this teaches me that the eyes can be deceiving. This game was played in the Avs’ zone and the puck was largely glued to the Kings’ sticks. Jonathan Quick was good when he needed to be and I don’t believe he even saw Ryan O’Reilly’s game tying shot, which was perfect. The icing call that directly preceded said shot, was not perfect. I understand that since the discretionary icing rule was put in place that the discretion used to make these calls has been at best, in flux, however to my knowledge, the purpose of the rule was so that when a defending player throws a puck to a teammate in the neutral zone who either simply misses the puck or is obstructed from playing the puck and that puck then goes the length of the ice, icing shall not be called. I saw a puck get thrown around the boards to a Kings’ forward a few steps below his side of the red line. I saw him put his stick down to stop the puck only to be stopped from doing so by an Avalanche player. Had there not been a physical battle at the red line, that puck doesn’t go all the down the ice, hence in my head, icing should be waved off since the puck was not willy-nilly tossed down the ice with the reckless abandon that icing was put in place to thwart. But alas, icing was called, the players could not change, Clifford made a small mistake and O’Reilly’s perfect shot tied a game that the Kings should have closed out long before.

What The Hell Do I Want To See Next Game?

It should be obvious and unanimous, I want to see finish. I want to see the Kings increased creativity result in pucks behind the other goalie and dominant play result in dominant leads. Justin Williams getting in tune with the sixth sense that saw him score 30 goals in this league and Dustin Penner regain the confidence that put him on Kevin Lowe’s offer sheet. I am both proud of our boys tonight and disgusted that they allowed this piss ant Colorado team to gain even a single point, let alone two.

The Kings finally have a short respite to rest and to practice. I want to see Sutter bear down with his game plan and fine tune the improvements that we have seen implemented and cash in further on the renewed vigor with which this team is playing.

I don’t want to see that vermin they call an NHL referee, Stephen Walkom anytime soon.

I want to see a decisive victory over Phoenix on Thursday. Though we lost this game, there should be no loss of momentum from their effort. Despite some sluggish play, Richards spending the game with his head up his ass and Brown spending much of the game falling on his, the Kings are doing far too many things right for them not to continue Darryl Sutter’s streak of being unbeaten in regulation. The potential of this roster is slowly beginning to become realized. Trends are finally in our favor and I do not want to see a goalie playing over his pay grade do anything to quell the fire that is burning brighter in both the Kings and their fans.

I also would like to never see a shootout decide a game again, but we can’t always get what we want. Let’s just shoot for getting what we need.

Go Kings Go!



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35 replies

  1. Talk about a shitty call on Williams. While watching that replay the ref immediately called no goal. WTF?? Unless he sees the players stick around shoulder height he’s got no business calling that goal no good. If you see the puck in the net do your fucking job and say it’s a goal. Let Toronto review the goal and them decide whether Williams stick was too high. Too bad Hunter or Fraser didn’t “accidentally” trip his blind ass.

    Richards did have a terrible game but I wouldn’t be surprised that the day after New Years that his blood alcohol level returned to around the legal limit when he stepped on the ice for warmups.

    On to the next game. We need Voynov back.

  2. Feel the same about Williams. Not the same since the shoulder…not nearly as crafty as last year, either.

    Martinez showed me why Voynov is playing. And, it appeared Clifford did catch a knee.

    But what the hell with the power play? Was Doughty intent upon appearing to be a patient vet holding pucks for the right shot while his body language screamed panic to everyone watching, including his own teammates?

    Yeah, can’t win ‘em all…and some are stolen, but did LA need to help Varlov pick the lock?

  3. Was there any statements made to why Voynov sat and Martinez skated?

  4. … There’s something I want to say about what Sutter is doing here with his player management.

    Last night was the Kings’ fifth game in eight days. Pretty tiring, right? Yet – look at how the ice time was distributed. Doughty, over 27 minutes. Kopitar, 23 1/2 minutes. Richards and Brown, over 22 minutes. Am I the only one who thinks that’s pretty excessive?

    Is Sutter not aware of how much he’s riding the top guys? Or, is his hand being forced by not having anything on the back end?

    You make the call. On New Year’s Eve, Loktionov had a very nice game, despite playing just under 12 minutes. Last night, he got just over 12. Didn’t he deserve more than that? On New Year’s Eve, Richardson played well also. Last night, he saw his ice time get cut, from 12:54 to 12:21. Why?

    Last night, Kopitar and Stoll won 24 draws and lost 11. The rest of the team won 7 and lost 14. Yet, Richardson – who’s won almost 57 percent of his faceoffs this season – didn’t take a single draw. That seems strange to me.

    Kopitar’s second in the entire NHL in ice time per game among forwards. Add to it that he’s asked to be a forward who plays both ways, and all 200 feet of the ice, and you start to get the idea of why I think this guy’s been damned near a miracle worker on this hockey club. He’s been amazing. But he needs some help out there, for chrissakes.

    Yes, the Kings have some dregs on the bottom six. Lewis, Hunter, and Fraser I could do without. Clifford’s hit or miss; he seems to be on the right track one night and then falls off the next. OK. But, there ARE a few guys who might make decent enough contributions, if given the time and chance to do so. Does Sutter simply not believe in them, is he forgetting they exist, or what?

    Also, one last point I want to make, about Williams. Yes, he’s played well for the most part. But, he’s getting into a puckhog mode and I believe that it’s freezing out Penner and Stoll. Penner’s best when he’s in front of the net; we all know that. And, he heads there quite often. Stoll’s best when he’s dropping back as an F3, looking for the right moment to creep in if the play warrants it, all the while keeping his stick open in case someone wants to set him up for a shot from the point or thereabouts. Problem, as I’m seeing it, is that Williams is overhandling the puck and his linemates aren’t able to do what works best for them. They either go to the spots where they’re effective and watch Williams hang onto the puck until he turns it over, or they go support him and run the risk of being in spots where they’re not as dangerous to the opposition. Again, you make the call.

    • Regarding the ice time distro, its something I meant to check last night and write about but forgot to look at as I was trying to get the article done before 2am.

      I feel like some games Sutter has been good about his ice time distro and others not so good. I didn’t feel last night was awful, but there was a few times where I thought “why haven’t I seen Loki’s line in a while?” Sutter is seemingly playing a 1st line, a 2nd line and two fourth lines, which, in a sense is what we have often said we had… so good or bad thing? Well he is still unbeaten in regulation so its hard to argue too much. Kopi is being worked like the horse he is, but I’m kind of OK with this. Kopi has been asked to improve his conditioning for just this reason. We aren’t Vancouver where we can afford to only play our top line for 17-18 minutes. 23 is a bit excessive, but let’s remember that this also includes OT. So I don’t have so much of a problem with riding the top line, but its the distro between the 2nd and 3rd line that bothers me more. Loki should be playing ~14-15 minutes and for fucks sake the guy belongs on the PP.

      Speaking of the PP, I have noticed that Sutter leaves the 1st unit out there longer than Murray ever did.

      In regards to Williams, I agree with you. He is hogging a bit of the puck, but I think he might need to for a bit as he gets his confidence back. At a point though he needs to try and help his teammates. There was one play particular last night that I was torn about. Williams had the puck at the top of the left circle in the third period and bulled his way to the front of the net and crashed into Varlamov. The net came off and Stoll, also crashing put the puck in the net way after it came off its moorings. Part of me thought “Williams, WTF, there were better options” and the other thought “Atta boy, drive that net fool” So it’s a fine balance and we just have to hope that Williams breaks through soon and doesn’t feel like he has to be such a hog in order to break his slump. The real problem is that as it stands, our 2nd line is full of nothing but support players. Last night was the first night I really missed Gagne, despite his own recent struggles.

    • Talk to the players JT, they WANT ice time, even if it’s 5 games in 8 days. This is what they live for.

      As for Kopi, he’s had 17 left wingers since last year and doesn’t have one this year. We have nothing in Manchester that screams “here I am”

      Stoll is the single most overpaid 3rd line Center.

      As for Richie, be glad he’s even in the lineup. remember, when Murray was here, he was a healthy scratch.

      As for Williams, if YOU had Stoll and Penner as your linemates, knowing they can’t finish, wouldn’t YOU hold onto the puck for as long as you can?

      • Talk to the players JT, they WANT ice time, even if it’s 5 games in 8 days. This is what they live for.

        … I don’t doubt that they want it; that goes without saying. My point is that the top guys are being ridden too hard and from my observation, they were looking pretty tired out there as the game went on last night.

        NO player is going to refuse ice time, no matter what kind of condition he’s in. These guys didn’t make it to the NHL by doing otherwise. I’ve never been the kind of fan to question the individual player’s desire. I’m saying that these guys are only human. We’re still not quite at the halfway point of the season. If Sutter continues down this road, this trend WILL bite him in the ass.

        As for Kopi, he’s had 17 left wingers since last year and doesn’t have one this year. We have nothing in Manchester that screams “here I am”

        … No argument there.

        Stoll is the single most overpaid 3rd line Center.

        … I remember when the same thing was being said about Handzus. Don’t you? Stoll is at the end of his deal. We’ll see if he even sticks around.

        As for Richie, be glad he’s even in the lineup. remember, when Murray was here, he was a healthy scratch.‘”

        … My #1 complaint with Murray over the years was always consistent – player deployment. Even though the Kings were a deeper team last season, Richardson shouldn’t have been the guy to get healthy scratched half the time, and this season it was inexcusable. You’d think a coach like Murray (or a coach like Sutter) would LOVE a player like Richardson, to the point where they couldn’t wait to get him in there as much as they could.

        I’m not saying Brad should be a top six guy, ever. But he should be in there every game.

        As for Williams, if YOU had Stoll and Penner as your linemates, knowing they can’t finish, wouldn’t YOU hold onto the puck for as long as you can?

        … Don’t buy it. Williams had 22 goals last season. Stoll had 20 and Penner had 23. If you go back the last two seasons, Stoll’s had 36, Williams 32, and Penner over 40. All three guys finish at a comparable rate. It’s not about that.

        That someone like Penner has 4 goals in 48 games here says a lot about the personnel and the leadership of this hockey club. Penner didn’t just forget how to play the game. If the Kings are this great organization under Lombardi, how come they’re completely lost when it comes to getting production out of players like this? How come Dean himself chose to make remarks about Penner in the offseason that did no one any good?

        I guarantee Dustin would be putting up respectable numbers with a better club, a real contending club. Every time I see Penner continue to struggle, I’m reminded that the Kings are decidedly not anywhere near an elite team, and that even now, they still have a long way to go. REAL elite teams don’t trot out self-serving garbage like “the Time is Now” before they’ve had the chance to back that up. REAL elite teams have solid leadership, a plan in place, and they find a way to get production from the talent available to them.

        • Penner put up solid numbers with the Oilers and they are not a contending anything. Don’t get your logic there. What does Penner’s play have to do with whether the Kings contend or not. Now, under Murray, where offense went to die, I agree. There is a history that goes beyond Penner.

          • Penner put up solid numbers with the Oilers and they are not a contending anything.

            … I know! Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? How come the Kings haven’t been able to find a way to get production out of Penner, yet the Oilers did?

        • As far as the player’s being tired last night towards the end of the game, I really don’t think that had anything to do with Kopi or anyone else being ridden to hard or worn out overall. Looked to me like post-New Year’s celebration sluggishness combined with too many games in too short a time, since from the drop of the puck I didn’t see the same energy I saw the last week. So perhaps in this one game it would have behooved Sutter to play Kopi less so he had more in the tank for the end of the game, I don’t think you can extrapolate that out to a consistent issue.

    • i’ve got no issue with JW. Stoll is completely snakebitten and Penner is utterly useless. penner floats in no man’s land 24/7 and gets into position a second after the play has passed through the area. next season he will be playing in a men’s rec league, because that is about all the skill level and effort he appears to possess at this point. hell for $4.25M a year everyone here could go out and at least put forth more effort than he does.

    • “Last night was the Kings’ fifth game in eight days. Pretty tiring, right? Yet – look at how the ice time was distributed. Doughty, over 27 minutes. Kopitar, 23 1/2 minutes. Richards and Brown, over 22 minutes. Am I the only one who thinks that’s pretty excessive?”

      Not excessive imo. These guys are young and they’re the ones that get paid the big bucks. They’re the “stars” of the team and are expected to perform at a high level on a relatively consistent basis. Sutter is not like Murray. Sutter keeps the lines relatively intact and rolls four through the game. The reason why the difference in ice time is that when it’s time for the PK it’s guys like Kopi, Richards, Brown, etc that are on the kill and that eats up quite a bit. They could be on the ice for the full 2 minutes and that’s a long ass shift.

      “Kopitar’s second in the entire NHL in ice time per game among forwards. Add to it that he’s asked to be a forward who plays both ways, and all 200 feet of the ice, and you start to get the idea of why I think this guy’s been damned near a miracle worker on this hockey club. He’s been amazing. But he needs some help out there, for chrissakes.”

      No doubt Kopi needs help but he’s also a center and as a center that’s your job to be way down low in the Dzone. Wingers will stay higher moving according to puck position in the zone so Kopi must play the guy down low if he’s going there. The D will help check/separate the guy and then 2nd man in to recover the puck typically the center.

      As far as Williams yeah he may be puckhoggin it a little but the guy’s slumping big time and he’s trying to climb his way out of it. He can at least try and make plays with the puck if he’s not scoring.

  5. before we get too down on Richards – let’s not forget that he’s playing out of position and still looks better then half the team.

  6. Nobody has mentioned the bogus call on Drew for embellishing in the third period. A look at the replay clearly shows that he was trying to jump around the check and simply came down off balance on one skate. How we didn’t end up on the PP is amazing. I know that you don’t like the shoot out but I perfer that to the game ending in a tie. I do think that the entire shoot out process is an overlooked part of the game plan and preparation. In talking to Helene Elliot she said that very little is done in either goalie preparation about possible shooters they might face, or in information about tendancies about how oppossing goalies play the shoot out. For our shooters they must have more than one go to move, I think that both Stoll and Kopi have been doing the same move for much too long. Change it up boys!!!

    • I didn’t think it was a bogus call. If he doesn’t kick his legs frantically in the air and just gets hooked and falls, then fine, no dive should be called, but when you give that extra push off your last leg (which happens right after you start to fall) and then kick your legs in the air as you are falling, that always gets called diving. I know its split second decisions and sometimes just physical reactions we are talking about here, but I also see the mid-air horizontal leg kicking get called for diving.

      You have to remember, ‘diving’ is really the wrong word for it. The call is really just for embellishing a fall.

    • Cliffy didn’t extend his leg out. he did however go knee on knee. it was just a directional change by the opposing player, the call itself was good

      • So you think accidental knee on knee contact is worthy of a penalty?

        • knee on knee. it’s supposed to be called. im fine with it. last thing the league needs now is some other type of escalating physical play that takes guys out of the lineups.

          “50.1 Kneeing – Kneeing is the act of a player leading with his knee and in some cases extending his leg outwards to make contact with his opponent.”

          the way it’s written it leaves a lot open to interpretation, but i think in most cases the refs do a good job of calling this. can’t recall what season it was but there was one that had a rash of knee-on-knee incidents. iirc it was niewendyk or modano that had a real ugly one.

          over time this kind of cheap hit has pretty much been eliminated. Cliffy’s last night was the minor version just from the guys change of direction causing it. they have though seen to really eliminated when guys overtly did it, which caused the sever injuries.

          i look at similar to today’s battle to eliminate the cheap hits from behind into the boards. hits last night like carcillo’s bs needs to be eliminated altogether from the game.

        • I don’t believe “worthy” is the word, the operative is “is” (yeah, I know…). Knee on knee is a penalty.

          And Doughty…could there be an easier way to earn $32,000 other then to dive and then sit for 2 minutes?

          For his pay he should know better.

        • So you think accidental knee on knee contact is worthy of a penalty?”

          … I don’t think it was completely accidental, and I would still advocate calling a penalty even if it was. I didn’t have an issue at all with it, and I’m surprised it’s getting this much debate. You just don’t go knee-on-knee like that and NOT get penalized. If one of the Kings had been on the receiving end of that, I’d be pissed if there wasn’t a call made.

    • the call on Doughty was good. even J Fox was bitching about DD ‘embellishing’ the fall. he brought up that he may have been trying to jump the stick check, but by doing it and how he rolled he brought on the call.

  7. I may be on the wrong thread here.

    Is this the we-got-a-dick-rammed-up-our-ass-last-night-and-I-couldn’t-deal-with-it-until-just-now site?

    To play so well and still wind up in the shit-house . . . ahhh, me! I’se regusted!

  8. Last night was absolutely sick. The it seemed the boys were a little gassed in the 3rd. Avs were pushing for sure, but the Kings have had a tough schedule with 5 games Monday to Monday.

    I still long for some offensive finish, but at least Sutter is working on it (which I wasn’t confident Murray was, or even knew how too) 6-1-3 isn’t bad for our last 10 games, and with so many games in hand on other teams, the Kings should be able to find time to work on things while other teams catch up.

    Some teams will catch up in points as we move along, but we can’t change that situation. All we can do is change how we pick up points from here on out, and try to improve.

  9. when it comes to the goal review process the league has to completely revamp this process. it’s to the point of being embarassing. the refs in the NHL should be given the same tools and process the NFL has for video review. M Murphy and the Toronto crap has to end.

    the referees are responsible for officiating and controlling the games they ref. they know who, what and how is happening by being on the ice. Murphy is 2000 miles away and out of touch. give the refs the tools they need and let them make the call.

    if there is sufficient evidence to overturn a call – overturn the damn call. don’t be afraid to say the ref made a bad call, in the end they look more foolish

    • I felt the refs made a bad call last night.

      I do hate the Toronto process, and feel the whole thing is a twisted way of the NHL still having some measure of control, and involvement as the final judgement that resides over these games.

      Making their judgments relevant is why the league isn’t on cruse control during games. Fox Spots had a system called the Glow Puck, which kept accurate track of where the puck was at all times, and attempted to highlight wherever the puck was for the viewing audience at home.

      1. This system could easily be converted to keep track if the puck crossed the goal line, by putting RF ID chips along the goal lines, and inside the nets to signal when the puck crosses them.

      2. The mapping could tell you exactly where the puck changed direction to identify if a puck was above the crossbar or not when it was deflected.

      3. Refs could automatically see when the puck crosses the blue line for offsides, or delayed offside calls. Being kept track of by a computer takes the refs interpretation out of the equation.

      4. The league could keep accurate stats on how hard players are shooting, and keep speed counters for the audience (enhancing the audiences experience).

      Lots of other ways to use this technology, and advances in technology would make it a more compact system, and more cost effective than it was 15 years ago.

      Some day I’ll get my hands on it, and change the face of the NHL.

      • While I think there should be some degree of human accountability maintained (such as in the case of offside calls), the fact that we don’t use technology to track whether the puck crossed the line or how high it is in relation to the cross bar is quite pathetic. These things would not take anything away from the game, actually speed up the video review process and not allow teams to get screwed so badly. With offside calls though, these happen in the flow of the game and there are in a sense, ‘no-take-backs’. If a ref blows an offside call, oh well, carry on. But when it comes to counting or discounting goals, there is no excuse for not getting the right call every time. The RFID chips you talk about is exactly the kind of thing I was referring to in the article. I also like your idea about the added user experience of tracking speed of shots and such. I do think that the NHL and its fans have aversion to anything that bubbles up memories of the awful glow puck, which was an unmitigated disaster, but you know what, time to grow up and not let the failures of the 90s influence the use of technology today.

      • the RFID is a great idea. when Jacob was talking earlier about it i immediately thought of the Fox glow puck. the horror of that will never leave my mind.

        the RFID could easily work. how? they use it at Top Golf to track the shots. think playing darts, but with clubs and golfballs. if they can make it work with golf, it can work with a puck. my guess is it would take some tweaking to improve the long-term reliability of the chip and puck. the golf shots are just one shot and the balls get re-tagged. figure a puck could be in play for 5+ minutes at a time between whistles.

        the peripherary stuff would be great for fun stuff and to grab peoples attention. me personally, eh. all i care about is goal – yes/no.

        • I thought about that, and that’s where I came up with using the existing glow puck technology. The pucks already have the sensors manufactured in them to track the puck, and add the glow effect.

          Simply change the chips out for an updated version that isn’t intended to make the puck glow, but tracks the movements just the same. Could even change the manufacturing process to adapt to any chip you want.

          This system would be the standard for all leagues, colleges, and international competitions. The nets, and pucks alone from the manufacturing side of it, would make millions.

          Not to mention keep the NHL honest, and Toronto free.

          • Dude I remember when I think it was Fox that lit up that damn puck with some funky glow stuff. It’s an insult to your intelligence imo. It’s not hard to know where the puck is, it’s where all the players are.

            Technology’s cool but to a point. If anything move the linesman behind the glass and call the offsides/icing’s from there. There’s already enough guys on the ice why make it smaller with two more guys that really only call the lines and drop the pucks? The other ref can drop the puck.

          • My plan is to get rid of them all together, or at least repurpose them. Also, I don’t want to bother with making the puck glow, but repurpose the way that system functions to make it relevant.

  10. First time commenter. Love your reporting.

    1. Agree with your assessment that the Kings controlled most of the game.
    2. Agree that the stick didn’t seem to be above crossbar, goal should’ve counted.
    3. Penner, while showing improved performance, seems to lack any type of motivation on the ice. He glides out there, while all others hussle.
    4. Of course, 30 seconds after Bob Miller highlights how JQ leads the league in shutouts, the Avs score. Clifford must feel bad.
    5. Stoll is a god in the shoot out…typically, but he can’t become a one trick pony.
    6. Went to bed mad, woke up mad, am still freaking mad.
    7. We should’ve scored more, we need to score more.

    Go Kings Go!

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