Collective Sigh Of Relief For Kopitar

The man says he’s fine. He says he should play tomorrow in Calgary.

Thank the gods I don’t believe in nor like very much, since after finally seeing a replay of the hit, if Kopitar truly is OK he deserves the title of Iron Man.

Ouch.

So it looks like there was no contact with the head by Morrow. I see it as a blindside hit, but I may be in the minority on that one. It’s a fine line between charging/blindsiding and taking a clean run at a guy who doesn’t have his head up. For me the difference comes from the fact that Kopitar was already covered going behind the net and that Morrow comes in at an obtuse angle from Kopi’s direction. Kopi is already dealing with Alex Goligoski hounding him from behind, and that’s where his attention was, so it’s not entirely just a case of a guy who isn’t paying attention. It’s a guy who is preoccupied with one player getting leveled by another. I won’t say it’s absolutely clean, because this hit walks a fine line for me, but I’m willing to acquiesce to it’s legality. I still reserve the right to want Morrow’s spine smashed repeatedly by cross-checks the next time we play the Stars.

We could talk about how stupid the automatic visor rule is in regards to Mike Richards’ fight with Morrow, one of those rules you forget exists until it is enforced, but there is little sense railing against what is written in black and white. The reason it is written, presumably to protect poor player’s fingers when throwing punches, doesn’t really seem worthy of a 2-minute penalty, let alone a game misconduct but let’s be not kid ourselves, the Kings inability to clear the zone for over 2 minutes gave the point away to Dallas. We typically view fighting as a way for player’s to police themselves. I think being known as a pussy for fighting intentionally with a visor should follow the same line of thinking, then again if being known as a pussy were enough then Jason Chimera would have been shamed into retirement a long time ago.

What I refuse to let go off is the other incident from the game. I will only be sighing about the play in OT with exasperation if supplemental discipline is not lain upon the squirrely head of Sheldon Souray.

Bad enough that Jamie Benn forces Williams’ head into the ice, just a dirty move by a shit stain yokel, but Souray coming over and throwing punches is abhorrent. A sign of a real douche bag. There simply is no way you can explain that one away to me.

But hey, Kopitar is OK and that’s what is really important. We got our point, are right in the thick of the standings and if the offense can continue to gel then the Kings should have little trouble pulling away from those teams whom we hope will be the also-rans.

Is there any denying that the Dallas Stars are the Kings biggest rivals? Anaheim may be just down the freeway, but the Stars are bumping our wheels on the road to hell.



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  1. On the Kopi hit, Richards is getting a lot of praise for dropping the gloves but watch the video again. Greener was at the point and skated straight in to exchange pleasantries with Morrow but Mike was a step ahead of him. Nice to see more than one person standing up for Kopi. Last time Kopi got nailed like that, everyone just stood around picking their noses.

  2. Not enough credit for Willy coming to DD’s aid either. Willy took a couple sucker punches while being held down, and Willy wasn’t even involved in the net crash to begin with.

    Good sign to see the boys are sticking up for each other everywhere on the ice.

    • Yeah he has been mixing it up lately, even though he is like the furthest thing from a tough guy. Good to see that everyone has their mates’ back.

  3. I don’t consider playing against Anaheim a rivalry. None of those games have been close to any of the games against Dallas. Dallas is the real rivalry, no doubt. 10 years ago I would have said The Blues, but definitely not Ana.

  4. I’m surprised Morrow came at Kopi from an obtuse angle.

    He’s not generally known as an obtuse motherfucker.

  5. The man says he’s fine. He says he should play tomorrow in Calgary.

    … The Kings didn’t dodge a bullet; they dodged a cannonball.

    We could talk about how stupid the automatic visor rule is in regards to Mike Richards’ fight with Morrow, one of those rules you forget exists until it is enforced, but there is little sense railing against what is written in black and white.

    … Exactly, and Richards himself complaining about it is bad form. It’s not like he didn’t know.

    I keep saying that one of the things I like the least about hockey today is the constant emo reaction to every hard and clean hit. Kopitar was hit about as clean as possible. Anze was just in a bad position to receive the hit. It didn’t require Richards coming over and starting anything with Morrow, and Mike should have shed his helmet if it was THAT important. He just didn’t think. And it cost the Kings a win.

    What I refuse to let go off is the other incident from the game. I will only be sighing about the play in OT with exasperation if supplemental discipline is not lain upon the squirrely head of Sheldon Souray.

    … Maybe Williams shouldn’t have initially thrown punches at Souray while Sheldon was tied up with Doughty. As far as I’m concerned, there shouldn’t be any supplemental punishment handed out.

    The refs missed a couple last night. The trip on Doughty should have been called, and indeed the linesman went over to the ref after the Goligoski goal to likely inform the ref of that. That was a bad deal for sure. The Doughty/Souray situation is a tough one, because Souray certainly helped Drew get into Lehtonen but Doughty should have done more to halt his forward progress in some way. It probably should have been a non-call.

    Outside of those two instances, I don’t see any issue with the officials. The Kings didn’t play THEIR game, and it cost them. It’s a shame, too, because they did some nice things last night and they got some offense from Lewis, who scored his season’s worth of goals. I didn’t like that the forwards were lax at times when it came to backchecking, and they paid for it with the Nystrom goal. I didn’t like the complete lack of discipline shown by the Kings. They’re better than that. Dallas isn’t going to be a playoff team. The Kings should never be lured into playing the Stars’ game.

    Is there any denying that the Dallas Stars are the Kings biggest rivals?

    … It’s not a real rivalry unless they meet in the playoffs. We’ve talked about this, right?

    • I disagree with just about everything you have to say. Are you even a kings fan? Douche

    • “Richards himself complaining about it is bad form. It’s not like he didn’t know…Anze was just in a bad position to receive the hit. It didn’t require Richards coming over and starting anything with Morrow, and Mike should have shed his helmet if it was THAT important. He just didn’t think. And it cost the Kings a win.”

      There is so much wrong with this thinking. Richards wasn’t complaining, really, he was more explaining a contradiction.
      This would be a nuanced difference in interpretation, but that is how I read it. And as for bad form, I am not exactly sure you would be the best judge of that. As well, saying it was wrong for Richards to go after Morrow, or that he did it badly by not taking his helmet off first, is second-guessing at best, plus it goes against every quote from the actual people involved, namely the coaches and players. But you know better? AS SCribe said, the win came from a 2 minute stretch where the puck was not cleared. It also came from some tough calls against, from letting in other goals, etc. I thought you were so hot about it being a team game when we talk about Doughty, but now one guy, and one play, can cost the team a win?

      “The Doughty/Souray situation is a tough one, because Souray certainly helped Drew get into Lehtonen but Doughty should have done more to halt his forward progress in some way. It probably should have been a non-call.”

      First, I am stunned you would in any way criticize
      St. Drew. In so doing, though, you overlook the obvious. The ref has three options: non-call, incidental interference, and penalty-worthy interference. The non-call could have given us the game, the incidental interference wipes the goal but gives options as to man-advantage from the ensuing scrum, and the penalty-worthy call, as made, would have killed the goal. Actually, in any case the goal would have otherwise been wiped because the Ref clearly signaled the pcuk was dead from the goalie covering it before Fraser pushed it from under the glove into the net. The main point is that the ref had options as to man advantage.

      “Outside of those two instances, I don’t see any issue with the officials.”

      Seriously? The OT scrum left unaccounted the “liberty” taken by two guys on one, namely Benn and Souray on Williams. In order, infractions were:
      A bear-hug hold/tackle by Souray.
      Maybe an elbow from Doughty on the goalie, but at worst incidental contact.
      A left to the jaw by Souray on Doughty, followed by a full rear choke and wrestle to the ice.
      Williams trying to pull Souray off Doughty, which is rarely called third man in.
      Benn jumping on Williams, and Williams trying still to get at Souray by first grabbing and then swinging at Souray
      Benn pinning down Williams and Souray multi-punching a pinned and defenseless Williams.
      Bad dancing by Drew Doughty with Jamie Benn with premature articulation, instead of Drew staying with Benn at least, or in the odeal Doughty actually challenges
      Benn and stays with him instead of fixing his hair and leaving the area voluntarity while stuff is still going on. (Meanwhile, when Doughty is leaving Jack Johnson is diving in there to still try to help Williams get free)

      And what was called? Souray for holding? No. Souray for the first rough on Doughty? No. Souray for instigating? No. Souray for the third-man in on Williams? No, he gets two for roughing. Benn for roughing with Williams? No. Nothing at all. Instead, Doughty gets a charge when he is being held and pusjed, and a ten-minute misconduct for somkething nobody knows?

      With that you have no problem? Wow. Forget partisanship, common sense sees the Stars coming out at even-strength as a total joke, because the Kings should have had 21.1 seconds of a four on three, and that on a night when the Power Play was red hot. But you blame Richards…

      • … Hmmm. Kings X, Player X. Might wanna get a little bit more creative, I guess. And yeah, you’re right, it’s all the refs. And Due Droughty.

        • Very good J.T., your object recognition is starting to expand, now including letters. Next week, colors and shapes!

        • J.T. Wentworth or J.T. Douche. What does name calling have to do with anything? A complete disagreement of opinion of the events that unfolded to two or more persons. The question is how can you be so far off from common opinion, factual information, kings loyalty and just basic common sense?

      • 1) He should have pulled his helmet. Period.

        2) Doughty lowered his shoulder.

        3) Second time the Kings lack of concentration cost them a game against Dallas.

        4) There should have been at least two more minors called on Dallas during the course of the game.

        This was LA’s game to lose and somehow they managed.

      • This isn’t an issue about your post, or wether Richards should of fought or not.

        The only thing I have against Richards throwing off his helmet (which I wish players would be conditioned to do automatically) is that if he did, and Morrow didn’t fight him, the refs would of called Richards for a penalty anyways.

        It’s kinda like throwing your gloves off, and the other player skating away. The refs gonna call something even if they don’t fight.

        If refs didn’t call those things penalties, players might be conditioned to drop their gloves, and helmets instinctively.

        The refs are gonna call a penalty, and it discourages any player from dropping the gloves, or the helmet ahead of time. The fight didn’t seem staged, but a heat of the momment thing last night, but Richards has a visor, and should throw it off.

        I wouldn’t mind seeing if a player grabs on, and drops the gloves automatically, but if the other player chooses not to fight, the refs ignore it as long as there is no fight.

        Too many times players grab hold, and even if they do fight, they pause to see who drops the gloves first so they don’t get called for a penalty.

        If a player doesn’t like something, he can throw off his helmet and gloves, and let the gauntlet be thrown. Then if the fight does ensue, there’s no helmets, or gloves and the players are mano e mano.

        If the other player skates away, then no harm done.

        • I was posting that under Player-X’s post because his post was the one that got me thinkin, but it ended up down here.

    • Couldn’t disagree more. Have you ever played hockey? Beer league or competitively? When someone blasts anyone on your team into next year, clean or not, good teams don’t let that slide. There was already an incident this year where a public statement was made by a team (can’t remember which one at the moment) apologizing for not answering the bell when the opposition was taking liberties against their best player. If teams don’t stick up for each other, their best players will end up like Crosby.

      • Buffalo. Lucic ran Miller.

        Boston also when Savard got nailed I believe.

        Two years ago Ott went around running all the Bruins without much pushback. Last year Boston beat the crap out of Ott and everyone else on Dallas as payback. It was glorious.

      • When someone blasts anyone on your team into next year, clean or not, good teams don’t let that slide.

        … Actually, the emo response after every hard hit is a more recent thing. It didn’t happen in the 80s or 90s. In those days, if you got hammered with a clean or borderline hit, you took the number of the guy who hit you and tried to get him back during a later shift in the game. Now it’s getting to a point where I can’t even enjoy a nice hit because I know the game’s going to be delayed for ten minutes while the refs sort out the butthurt players.

  6. I hate to see our guys get crushed like that (especially Kopitar), but I don’t really have a problem with that hit. It was shoulder to shoulder and Kopitar was watching the puck. I would be shocked if Morrow got any punishment from the league. But, Kopi did hit the boards very hard and it looked painful the way his head twisted.

    But, I love seeing the guys go right after Morrow afterwards. Sucks about all the extra penalties that Richards got, though. That truly is a lousy rule and he was right on when complaining on twitter.

  7. It’s a good thing I don’t play. I’d be a dirty fucking player.

    Especially when seeing shit suckers like Benn force JWs head to the ice and Souray throwing a few unnecessary punches… Id be chopping motherfuckers up with my stick. Stabbing these fuckfaces with the splintered ends and slicing whatever remained of their appendages with my skates. That was some dirty shit they pulled last night, and I don’t know how people restrain themselves on the ice like that.

  8. I hope you’re not being too optimistic wrt Kopitar and his health. It’s still a wee bit early to know for certain that he didn’t end up w some sort of a concussion.

  9. I’m glad Kopi felt okay today too, but I’m sure the Kings wil be cautiouis. Claude Giroux had a concussion last month and felt fine the first 2 days after. Day 3 he woke up and everything changed.

    • True It also wasn’t a terrible concussion. He didn’t en up missing that much time. While Kopi isn’t out of te woods yet since head injuries are by no means predictable, if he was really fucked badly, like Simon Gagne fucked up, like w were he was then he would not have felt OK today.

  10. After watching the replay it was a good hit imo. Kopi was just in a funky position when he hit him. If it were the other way around I would say drill whoever goes to the net. I’m just super thankful that Kopi is ok. I just remember Kopi go flying head first into the boards then not moving for a little. I think the zeebs were all fucking drunk as fuck last night though.

  11. Man I hope someone lines that fucking piece of shit Souray up sometime real soon and Drill his fucking ass. He’s the asswipe that pushed Doughty onto Lehtinen in the first place then takes a cheap ass shot to the face with his gloves on no less then again with his gloves proceeds to take shots at Willy. Anyone who plays hockey knows the tops of the those gloves are made to protect your hands like from a slash and they are super tough so getting hit in the face with it is gonna do some damage.

  12. “Today’s NHL…when you hit someone hard, someone comes up to fight you” (from the Dallas announcers)

    Not true. If Gretzky got laid out in a hit like that (clean hit) I am pretty sure McSorley would be right there to start a fight… Correct me if I’m wrong.

  13. The hit on Kopitar appeared to be clean, but it certainly was a classic case of “lack of respect” for a player. The type of hit that they are trying to get out of hockey., even though its not an illegal hit, its a POS hit.

    Nice meeting you guys at Yard house with Matt. Enjoyed the hockey talk in person!

    Tom from CO.

  14. I am still carrying the worry concerning Kopi.
    It was nasty however looked at. Poor reffing to put it mildly. I have always considered Dallas a rival. I think it is
    because we play the similar gritty style. I don’t temember Dallas being such dirty players though, with the exception of Ott.
    Am I biased, or are we a pretty clean playing team?
    GO KINGS GO!!!

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