Offensive Juggernaut L.A. Kings Hogtie Local Hicks, Calgary Flames

We are just going to go ahead and pretend like the 2-goal or less period of depression never happened.

We’ll conveniently forget that just 4 games ago the Kings didn’t manage a regulation goal for something like 140 minutes.

This team doesn’t struggle offensively. This team scores goals. Goals in bunches, goals every which way. Even Matt Greene scores goals, I almost rhymed right here, but that would be wrong. The best and most amusing part about the recent offensive outbursts have been that when Sutter came in he said the NHL was a “3-2 league”. Well the Kings still haven’t scored 3 goals in a game under Sutter, yet they’ve won 7 games and still only lost 1 in regulation. They’ve scored 4 goals 4 times and 5 once and 2 or less in the rest of the games since his takeover of very serious hugs.

Moving on to the game, our boys struggled a bit in the first period, looking a little lackadaisical once again at the drop of the puck. The Calgary Flames tried their damnedest to put the Kings on their heels, but unlike in the Dallas game the defense held strong. Then in the second, as is quickly becoming the norm under Sutter, the Kings came flying out of the gate. Whatever speech Sutter gives during the first intermission, he should start giving before the game.

Anyhow, said second period soaring was put quickly to good use as Mike Richards picked up a puck all alone at the Flames’ blue line after it hopped over Mark Giordano’s stick. Rick made a fast kick fake and slid the puck under Kiprusoff to take a lead the Kings would never give up. It didn’t take long after that for Matt Greene to send a wrist shot past Mikka, the result of, get this, a strong one on one battle by Penner, followed up by screen in front of the net! Richards and Stoll made strong plays in the sequence as well, but I want to give Penner all the credit here just because I don’t know when I’ll get another chance to so. Pancakes had a strong game all around and his line was the Kings’ best tonight.

Greene’s goal ended up being the game winner, but the back breaker was Anze Kopitar’s powerplay goal to put the Kings up 3-0 in the second. Despite a late second period deflection goal by ex-surfer, current cowboy Mike Cammalleri and the Flames best attempt at pressing in the third period, the Kings made easy work of the home team, ending their 8-game winning streak at the Saddledome. This was exactly the game I hoped to see, where the Kings continued the offensive creativity and finishing without sacrificing the strong defensive play.

If you haven’t noticed over the past, oh, 4 seasons, as Kopitar goes, so go the Kings. Now after consecutive strong games after his sudden onset flapjack backjack spasms, we’ve learned as the Kings go, so goes Penner. Clifford goes as whatever asshole the other team has goes, tonight that asshole being Tim Jackman. Though I don’t want to overlook what an asshole Giordano is, who gave Kopitar the old “I’m in bad position but want to hit you anyway” knee on knee collision, Jackman was a remarkable pest throughout the game. His antics fell short of pugilism however, much like Iginla’s efforts fell short of scoring and Jokinen’s face fell short of being tolerable.

Unfortunately the damn Sharks won, as did the Avalanche even though that’s better than the Stars winning, though Nashville won and Minnesota grabbed a loser point. So overall tonight was somewhat of a wash in the standings, but if the Kings continue the pace they are on and the powerplay woes are truly drawing to a close, the Kings will have no trouble putting more separation between themselves and the rest of the clusterfuck that is the Western Conference.

On to Edmonton, phase 2 in our dominion over the Canadian contingent of the West.

Winning is easy to get used to.

As a final note, it needs to be pointed out that despite Bobby’s affection for country music, it doesn’t belong at a hockey game. If Calgary is allowed to play country music just because their town is a giant frozen rodeo, then the Ducks can just play the soundtrack to Beauty and the Beast, the Rangers will play showtunes and we’ll start hearing Justin Beiber at Kings games. Why doesn’t everyone simply acquiesce to my musical preferences? It would make everything so much easier.

Go Kings Go!



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  1. Very nice and vrry funny Surly….
    I like Country along with many other types of music
    (opera=barf)
    But You are correct that the only music that should be played at Hockey games is Nice LOUD Rock
    GO KINGS GO !!!

  2. Jamie Kompon is a GOD! He has brought such a fresh approach to the Kings Power Play! Where did they find this guy?

    I guess having Sutter, Kompon, Stevens all be accountable for their respective roles seems to make a difference.

    Now the Kings have played one stinker, against Columbus, but they seem to be crawling from that #30 scoring team in the NHL right up the charts just like Casey Kasem used to say.

    No longer are the Kings a 2 line team, they are getting contributions from offensive juggernauts like Matt Greene, Trevor Lewis, hell even KFC has started to enjoy playing again.

    The team actually is looking like they are having fun again, however they do need to help Quick out a little more, help him save a little energy, before the big push.

    Martinez or Voynov?

  3. Bernier needs more starts. My only complaint…and the fact I still have to see Coupon behind the bench.

    • You have to think Bernier starts tomorrow. Vancouver on Tuesday and back to home. Then again that would be 2 starts for Bernier in 4 games so….

    • and the fact I still have to see Coupon behind the bench.

      … Well, the team does have five PP goals in the last three games. Thirteen goals overall.

      The Kings have played against some suspect defenses, though. Washington’s D under Hunter was terrible, and Dallas and Calgary are in the bottom half of team defense.

      One thing I have seen the Kings do differently is to not be so quick to simply drop back into defensive position. Their puck pursuit has improved quite a bit, which may be just a product of renewed confidence – the Kings don’t seem to be so fearful of making a mistake as they used to be.

      Quick played a nice game. I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t get the start tomorrow. I don’t see Bernier starting until the game against Ottawa on the 23rd. The Kings have a big east coast trip in February; maybe Bernier can get some more starts during that time.

      • Dutch,
        I’m not making shit up. I don’t think S&S is either.

        http://lakingsnews.com/2011/12/18/a-culture-of-winning/

        • … Christ. Did Dean Lombardi call Michael Cammalleri a floater? If so, where is the quote? I have yet to see it.

          We had to make a conscious decision, based on the type of culture we wanted here, the type of player I wanted to use to set the identity of this franchise and, thirdly, signability.

          THAT is what Dean Lombardi said. I don’t see the word “floater” anywhere in there, and I don’t see it between the lines, either. I see Lombardi talking about the kind of “culture” he wanted for the Kings (i.e., a defensive culture), not wanting someone like Cammalleri to “set the identity” of the Kings’ franchise (i.e., Cammalleri wasn’t a big guy and he didn’t play a defensive enough game), and “signability”(i.e., someone who will sign Dean’s deal and not take him to arbitration).

          Dean didn’t want Cammalleri because he didn’t feel Michael was big enough or that he would play the kind of game Dean wanted – a defense-first game. I don’t see how that makes Cammalleri a floater, unless all offense-first players are floaters, which would certainly be news to me. So, Dean traded Cammalleri for a pick, a pick he used on a defenseman (note the defensive theme, here).

        • The Kings outgrew Murray and will out grow Lombardi.

      • Oh J.T. I never know weather to be turned on by your hockey point of view and knowledge or just be satisfied with S&S.

        This is because I agree that maybe a certain Ass. Coach should not be fired. Although The Sutt machine said be creative. CREATIVITY! Thats what I have seen lately. OFrom what I have seen this also means quick passes and pulling the trigger regardless of a lane= PP goals. I find it frustrating when the rejoicing SHOULD be for the players taking offensive responsibility in excelling.

      • “The Kings have played against some suspect defenses, though.”

        The Kings have played against “suspect defense” since day one, what’s your point? Isn’t it obvious that they are moving around more, creating chances instead of forcing it?
        I give BN tons of credit to the fluid power play before I credit Kompon.

        • The Kings have played against “suspect defense” since day one

          … Well, they’re not ALL suspect. Columbus has an above average defense, and they shut the Kings out. Colorado’s defense is arguably top ten if you ask me, and they limited the Kings to one goal. Chicago has a good D, and the Kings got two on them; probably their best game of the season thus far.

          Isn’t it obvious that they are moving around more, creating chances instead of forcing it?

          I don’t know if the Kings are moving it around all that much more, but they’re putting themselves in better positions individually to do something with the puck once they get it. They definitely have a more aggressive mindset, which can work against them at times, as it did a few times against Dallas.

          I give BN tons of credit to the fluid power play before I credit Kompon.

          … Why? Look, this has nothing to do with Bernie. I think the World of him and I love that he’s doing stuff with the Kings again after all these years.

          But, I don’t buy the notion that Kompon gets all the blame if the PP isn’t working, yet gets little or zero credit if it is working. Seeing the Kings fail on the PP not long ago and seeing how those failures were brought about – by poor execution and bad luck – there was very little I could realistically pin on Kompon.

          I don’t think he deserves all that much credit or blame either way; I still believe all of this “fire Kompon” stuff is just a witch hunt; fans wanting something different because they need someone to point a finger at after losses or they’re bored with a guy or never liked him from day one or whatever. Last season, the Kings’ PP was up and down. The season before, it was pretty good. It’s been quite good when it’s needed to be, in the playoffs. I never saw Jamie get any credit for those good stretches.

      • “One thing I have seen the Kings do differently is to not be so quick to simply drop back into defensive position. Their puck pursuit has improved quite a bit, which may be just a product of renewed confidence – the Kings don’t seem to be so fearful of making a mistake as they used to be.”

        I’m too lazy to find it, but I’m almost certain player(s) spoke about being able to be more aggressive offensively instead of sitting back. I know Lokti said something about being able to send a third guy in to swarm/dig pucks out.

  4. Music is almost always terrible at sports games. One can only hope for tolerable classic rock, or just ignore it outright. I’ve long ago accepted that given the nature of a sporting event, the music is always going to suck. The masses love rubbish, like they’re told to, and program coordinators either don’t have time to research quality music, or just don’t give a shit.

    More importantly, sutt yes! I like this winning by a margin larger than one thing.

  5. There was a shot of a couple dancing once the game ended on Fox Sports West that had 2 locals doing a sqaure dance before commercials came on. The guy was wearing a big black 10 gallon hat with an old school Gretzky era black Kings jersey on.

    Would of went perfect with your headline.

    Great game tonight, and I can’t wait to watch the replay.

  6. Amen brother, to all of it.

  7. i just gotta say that i wasnt a fan of the sutter hiring but wow, he has done an amazing job getting the kings to play way better.

    i love his interviews as well, sometimes boring but usually one or two funny moments.

    i love the double peace sign at his first interview!

    go kings…. beat the oilers tomorrow!!

  8. Pancakes with Penner and Hugs from Mother Sutter definitely need to be included at the next Tip-a-King.

  9. In reference to a post above, why is it that every so often out of the woodwork someone comes out and insinuates that not signing Cammalleri was a mistake? The guy got six million dollars per year as an UFA. He is not worth half of that.

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