Bye Bye Win Streak: Bruins Beats Kings 4-2

Stupidity ruled the day as the Kings twice mimicked the lack of intelligence exhibited by the hoards of Bruin fans with terrible goals against in what amounted to the conclusion of a 6 game winning streak.

Between Drew Doughty making two bone head lazy passes within 3 seconds of each other and giving up the game’s first goal, and Quick leaving a queef-sized pocket in his 5-hole for Lucic to score through, 2 goals against Tim Thomas just wasn’t going to cut it.

If I may, I shall blame Bobby for this loss. His proclamation of luck and numbers fell silent on ears that simply heard “I have better things to do than attend the Kings game.” Though I speak out of turn, having missed several games myself of late, I also knew to keep my mouth shut when tempted to comment upon games in which I knew I could not participate.

Speaking of participation, a few hundred Bruin fans show up and thousands of King fans go silent. At one point in the second period I chanted “Let’s Go Kings” for a solid minute, at least 16 rounds, leaving my throat frazzled and defunct, without a single voice being lent to mine. For shame. Now you may say, “there were thousands of Bruin fans, not hundreds!”, I must protest. There were not. When every Bruins fan occupies the physical space of two normal humans and the olfactory space of four, the eyes are deceived.

At least I got to see Anze Kopitar put Zdeno Chara down like a bow-legged prostitute. That was amusing.

This game was a good example of the shot totals not telling much of a relevant story. The Kings controlled some portions of the game but outside of a few isolated chances were unable to generate much in the way of high quality scoring chances.

I could talk of plays and players. I could write on momentum, it’s ebb and flow and how Jamie Kompon and what he calls a powerplay most closely resembles a moon waxing across a turd colored sky, but it’s too early and I’m too angry. I must find a place to drink. A place to calm down. A place to get ready for Monday’s game and a space in which to wonder why some non-plussed leather-bound buffoon asked me if I had any cocaine on the escalator ride following the game. No, raccoon-eyed delinquent, I do not have any cocaine. I do not think I exude the aura of the Scarfaced, but maybe I’m just that pissed.



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  1. If Doughty was my one of my students, his ass would being missing a week of recess followed up by a detailed note on how he will improve his game.

    On a brighter and funnier note, my 68 year old mother called a Bruins fan an asshole when we were walking to the car. (He had it coming, he “bravely” shouted out to her—-“Go Bruins!”) That was definitely a moment to save in the memory bank.

  2. Doughty is a train wreck right now. It seems as if he feels like he must make up for all of Johnson’s would be turn overs single handedly. Drew you have to make the good play before you can be great.

    • Yeah, he would be well advised to follow in Zdeno Chara’s footsteps. What do I mean by that? Chara never watches hockey on tv…. Except when it’s the Wings. Then he watches the game to study Nik Lidstrom and tries to learn as much as he can (like making the good safe play for example). For a guy who is almost going on his fifth pro year, Doughty still maybe has too much of the ‘gambler’ instinct, which was lots of fun in juniors. But this is the nhl and they’ll make you pay sometimes when you aren’t smart as to your decisions.

  3. We obviously needed a BOOB implant today!

  4. That last kings pp was complete shit. What the fuck shoot the puck show some desperation. Where was the desperation? At least tie the game and get a point.

    That pp was a very revealing look at where the team is really at. Yeah they are playing much better hockey but until they get that killer instinct that the elite teams have I don’t think they can win the cup.

    And I’ve been sayin it all year but doughtys lack of maturity is holding them back. Until he grows up and starts playing like a man the team wont be able to take the next step. He needs to be a top D man back there. He’s been looking like a number 4-5.

  5. … Always know Surly is writing the post-game when I see Doughty burned in effigy. Yep, he made some errors. He made some good plays, too. He made a few excellent plays; one that led to a goal, and a couple others which did not. That’s the way it goes. Sometimes, he’s asked to be more aggressive to help the team’s offense, and that might lead to him being caught up-ice a time or two.

    And what in the World is “queef-sized”? Why not just call it for what it is, a soft goal?

    The Kings controlled some portions of the game but outside of a few isolated chances were unable to generate much in the way of high quality scoring chances.

    … Are you serious with this? I guess you missed Thomas making great save after great save, and getting lucky with Brown hitting a post and a couple shots that squibbed past him but missed going over the goal line. I guess you missed the entire last minute of the game, particularly the last thirty seconds. I think if you took your eyes off of Quick for a split second and looked a few degrees to the left, you’d notice other things happening on the ice that might surprise you.

    The Bruins are fortunate to get out of L.A. with a win. They were outplayed, but the soft goal made the difference in the game, as it forced the Kings into catch-up mode in the third period. Quick was outplayed by Thomas, a Vezina pretender was outplayed by the real thing, and the Kings lost.

    • I love that you forgive Doughty’s mistake that leads to a goal but not Quick’s. Quick made some beautiful saves himself. He made the best save of the game. That’s the equivalent for a goalie after giving up a bad goal as a defenseman causing a goal against and then helping to score one. Its the same thing. Why does Doughty get the only reprieve?

      The Kings outplayed the Bruins in the 1st. They did not in the second.

      They did for about 6 minutes of the 3rd.

      The Bruins played well in the first, outplayed in the second, outplayed us for about 5 minutes of the third and the rest was even. Overall it was a pretty even game. The Bruins are not lucky to get out with two points. They earned them ad we gave them to two them with not one, but two stupid goals against.

      The Bruins played a strong game and Thomas was good. He didn’t let in a soft goal. Quick did. No one on the Bruins defense made a dumbass bone head play that led to a goal. The Kings defense did. Twice.

      The third goal against was the back breaker, not the second. It happened too fast and while the King were making a push. The second goal against came while the teams were playing evenly. That didn’t send the team into scramble mode, the third one did.

      The first goal against sucked the life out of the team for about 10 minutes.

      You are cherry picking your reason for why the Kings lost.

      We can equally assign blame to all three goals as the reason they lost. However what is undeniable is that as far as playing up to your ability and expectation, the Doughty bumblefuck is a worse play than Quick letting in a five hole goal. It’s as if you have this notion that good goalies never give up regular old goals. That’s what that was, a regular old goal. Only in the last 5 or so years, since pads have blown up in size and butterflies have taken over the entire league, have people started to have the idiot expectation that a goal that like will never go in. They will. sometimes the shooter wins the 5 hole is as good a place to score as the corners. I constantly am wanting the Kings to shoot 5 hole more. Most f Carter’s goals as a King have been scored 5 hole. The Kings won the shootout against the Blues on a 5 hole snap shot against one of the best goalies this season in Elliott.

      The Kings could have also buried a chance in the last minute tonight and we wouldn’t be talking about this. Or they could have score on one fucking power play and this is all moot. We may as well blame Richards and Carter for not generating much in the way of offense throughout the game, excuse neither of them were very strong until the last minute.

      Don’t sit there and accuse me of singling out and bad mouthing Doughty purely of out bias when you are assigning all the blame to Quick in a game they lost for several reasons.

      • The Bruins played a strong game and Thomas was good. He didn’t let in a soft goal. Quick did. No one on the Bruins defense made a dumbass bone head play that led to a goal. The Kings defense did. Twice.

        … I didn’t know where you get the “twice” from on this when you mentioned it last night, and I still don’t. The first goal the Bruins scored was off of Doughty’s error. The second goal they scored was the soft one, and that began with Ference (I think) getting the puck to Krejci despite Richards’ forecheck. The third goal was scored off of a 3-on-2 that was created by Williams being initially out of position in the offensive zone, leaving no one on the far side of the ice when Mitchell sent it around the boards – then Kopitar and Brown colliding shortly after the Bruins recovered the puck and broke out of their zone. The fourth goal started from a rebound of a Kings’ shot and a clearing pass with seconds to go, and scored at the buzzer.

        Far as I know, the Bruins only scored those four, so I don’t know what else you could be referring to.

        You are cherry picking your reason for why the Kings lost.

        … Really? I’m not the one making up goals that didn’t exist and blaming “the Kings defense” for them, when it’s clear that Doughty was only responsible for the first goal of the game.

        It’s as if you have this notion that good goalies never give up regular old goals. That’s what that was, a regular old goal.

        … OK, man. Whatever makes you happy. I didn’t realize the depth of homerism you have for Quick until last night. It’s actually pretty amusing and ridiculous, but have fun with it. It’s telling that everyone I’ve seen or read has mentioned that goal was soft except for you. You’re right, everyone else is wrong. Whatever makes you happy.

        The Kings could have also buried a chance in the last minute tonight and we wouldn’t be talking about this. Or they could have score on one fucking power play and this is all moot.

        … Yawn. You’re right, the Kings didn’t score on the power play. Good for you. Maybe the Kings would have scored on the PP or in the last minute if Thomas gave up a soft one like Quick did, huh? Instead, Thomas made more saves and tougher saves, and he was lucky when he DID get beat. The Kings played a better game, but Thomas’s play made the difference last night. It came down to one goalie being spectacular, and one goalie being ordinary.

        • It’s not homerism. It’s a general attitude I have towards goalies and shooters. I feel the same towards other goalies.

        • I’m kinda skimming the posts, but are you guys calling the between the legs/screened shot from Lucic a soft one? I’m not sure I feel comfortable with blaming goalies for those. Just an excellent move imo. Plus he was right at the dot when he did that (holy gap control, had a few feet of space still).

    • Also Doughty kindles the fire of his own effigy. I simply point and smell the smoke.

      • I’m with Surly on this one. I’m not a J Quick apologist by any means, he wasn’t great, but Doughty took it to a different level from what I saw. I didn’t catch the whole game but most of it.

        But what’s done is done with these individual mistakes. I think the bigger problem is, once again, when the Kings fell behind by 2 goals, even 1 goal, but especially by 2, the game was over. It felt over. There was plenty of time left, if this was another team, but it felt over because this is the Kings. Their scoring may be up since acquiring Carter, but it still feels like the same old Kings at times when you really need a goal, probably because goal scoring is not just down to the players, but the coaches. Good coaches, when they fall behind, make adjustments tactically, switch to a more aggressive set up, and it yields more momentum and attack time and offensive zone time, more opportunities, and you start creating that chaos in the other team’s zone, and eventually you break through.

        The Kings still don’t do that, in fact they’re still among the worst in the NHL in doing that when they need a couple goals. You can go back to momentum, the Kings still struggle at really changing the storyline of a game when it’s going against them, changing the momentum. In games like the Sharks game recently, granted the Sharks were tired on back-to-back’s, but the point is the Kings started off well, started dominating, got the first goal, and while there were a few hiccups here and there, the Kings got the first goal, played well from the beginning, and kept going, and won the game. It’s the other types of games the Kings frustrate in. When the other team gets the first goal, or the first 2, or the Kings are having trouble against a certain team, the coaches can’t seem to adjust, the Kings players don’t seem to know how to build the momentum back, change the story. Elite teams know how to do that. Maybe Im wrong and the Kings have been getting better at this and I just havent noticed, but it seems like they still suck at it.

        But hey, positive thoughts. I still believe in this Kings team to make the playoffs. Maybe fans can help the Kings by staying positive about them and giving them some slack, no one can be perfect, and let them know we have confidence in them, and they should have confidence in themselves, and they will do good things because they have a good team.

        • But what’s done is done with these individual mistakes. I think the bigger problem is, once again, when the Kings fell behind by 2 goals, even 1 goal, but especially by 2, the game was over. It felt over.

          … Maybe it “felt” over in your mind, but it didn’t in mine. There wasn’t any doubt to me that the Kings could come back, simply because they were generating more chances than the Bruins were, and that eventually one or two of those chances were going to go in. Unfortunately, the Kings came as close as possible, but couldn’t even things up.

          Elite teams know how to do that. Maybe Im wrong and the Kings have been getting better at this and I just havent noticed, but it seems like they still suck at it.

          … I realize your post is all part of your ongoing “bash the coaches” theme, and while I’ve criticized the Kings’ coaches in the past, they didn’t do a poor job last night. The Kings played a great game overall. If they generate this amount of opportunities on a regular basis, I like their chances. Doughty’s not going to pull a rock like that in every game. The Kings aren’t going to face Tim Thomas in every game. Quick isn’t going to give up soft goals in every game.

          All I can ask for from the coaches is a game plan that enables the Kings to outchance the opposition – and they did that. The coaches can’t control plays like Voynov cutting backdoor and getting the puck right at the crease but misfiring, for example (and I don’t blame Voynov for that, mind you; it was a bang-bang play and it just didn’t work that particular time). All they can do is set up that play, and hope that the execution is there.

          The Kings won six in a row prior to last night. The Kings weren’t going to win their last 14 games of the season. They’re going to lose some here and there. That’s why I warned about celebrating too soon. Now, they’re coming off of losing a tough one. I’m sad that they lost, but I’m encouraged that, unlike you, the Kings didn’t “feel” the game to be out of reach, and they fought back instead of rolling over.

    • Brown has boomeranged from his 9 game streak. In the last three games his hockey IQ has dropped faster then a meth user loses brain cells.

      The move that cost the third goal was nothing less them amazing when Brown skated against the flow of the play and checked Kopitar off his assignment. That resulting 3 on 2 break and goal was entirely Brown’s doing.

      Otherwise, it was a great, tight game. The kind of game that could have gone either way. As long as the Kings keep it up I am happy.

      I’m just pleased the team regrouped to make the last 15 games fun to watch. After the first 67 games its the least this sorry ass sad sack of an organization can do.

      • The move that cost the third goal was nothing less them amazing when Brown skated against the flow of the play and checked Kopitar off his assignment.

        … I know what you’re saying and I don’t entirely disagree with you. I just think it was one of those “shit happens” plays. Kopitar turned into a bit of a spectator, and I don’t think Brown saw Anze until the last moment because a Bruins’ player was crossing in front of him. But, your explanation of it is as valid as anyone’s.

        I’m just pleased the team regrouped to make the last 15 games fun to watch. After the first 67 games its the least this sorry ass sad sack of an organization can do.

        … Sorry Ass Sad Sack, or S.A.S.S. for short. The Kings are a S.A.S.S. organization, indeed. I actually like that Lombardi’s fate may be resting on the last seven games. Before the season, all I heard was “hey JT, the clock starts now … you can start counting wins and losses now … it was time for Dean to ‘take the plunge’ to get us a Cup” Mmmhmm. It’s going to be pretty painful if the plunge that Dean took was into an empty pool. That’s gonna leave a mark.

  6. Eh’hem Surly… I believe yours truly was ‘lending’ his voice to the let’s go kings chant… For the record

  7. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game, however, they won 6 in a row before this…it still sucks to lose, but try and remain focused on the positives that have been having since Carter arrived.

    7 games left… I think they can pull a 4-2-1 or 5-2 record in that span which should get them in.

    GKG

    • Oh absolutely. An angry post game at a loss should never be taken as pessimism or negativity towards future games. The purpose of the post game is to recap the night’s emotions.

      Now I’m still a but angry about the game today, but all will change with renewed vigor tomorrow. My optimism towards things that have yet to take place is unwavering. It is merely the recollection of things that have already transpired that inspires vitriol when appropriate.

      Sometimes I forget that staying positive is not as intrinsic and assumed for all.

  8. I really wanted this one, to beat the fucking Bruins to show the knucklehead Bruin fans out here that the Kings are decent. Don’t get no respect from the East Coast bias, but I guess the Kings don’t deserve it until they actually win something.

    • If thats what you wanted then just go back over the Kings record vs. the B’s for I believe the last three years (?). If I’m not mistaken, the Kings hadn’t actually lost to the B’s for quite some time until the game in Boston this year. I don’t have the exact stats though.

  9. At the end of the day it really sucks that we lost, especially when everyone around us either won or lost in ot/so. In saying that we all knew the Kings weren’t going to run gamut the rest of the season, we were going to lose at least a couple more games. So I would rather lose to Boston (who is in another conference) then lose to a conference or divisional rival and give up the “4 points”. Up next is the Nucks who are struggling to win right now, and after that we have Calgary, Edmonton twice and Minnesota. These are all games we can easily win IF we play our game, new winning streak starts Monday. GKG!

  10. Our chains here in LA Kingsland is to suffer the agony of defeat no matter which of myriad ways it arrives to us. When we win it feels as if the chains are slackened and less burdensome and somehow we get some reprieve. We feel some elation. Yet only can we be truly in 2012 parole if we win the Pacific. That can still happen. Maybe our multi years of suffering will ameliorate a little with a Pacific title. If going to round 2 I feel we are seeing more day time sunshine and then no GPS around our ankles.
    Going to round 3 will be true release of our prolonged bondage.
    Oh mighty Kings please help us poor suffering fans now. Please regroup. Please think of us poor suffering soul now in the time of our intense need. Do it. You can do. Hell yes you can do it!

    • “Maybe our multi years of suffering will ameliorate”.

      As a fan I feel I’ve “Been tied up for so long there’s no escape”.

  11. I’m actually worried. We play poorly against weak teams and our schedule is nothing but from here on out, minus our last two (which technically is a weak team).

    I think we’re in for a bumpy ride. If the Kings kill in their next game, we’re great. If not….

    Plus the hockey gods hate us. Everything that could have gone wrong did last night. Two three point games. At least VAN finished off CO.

    Just saying… it’s going ot be tough.

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