Phoenix Coyotes @ LA Kings Round 3 Game 3 Open Forum – Out Of The Frying Pan

The Los Angeles Kings have left the scorched earth of Arizona, hopefully for the last time. Now in LA, the Phoenix Coyotes enter the fire.

Once again we walk into Staples Center, home ice torn from those who feigned to be better than us during the regular season. 2-0 in the Conference Finals. A guy could get used to this.

What he can’t get used to but apparently must, is the other team taking liberties with our players. Such is the price you pay for frustrating a team by means of domination.

At the least those liberties have left Martin Hanzal wearing a suit and tie tonight. Marc-Antoine Pouliot will take his place. For the Kings, Colin Fraser is back in town but likely will not play, so Kyle Clifford remains. Let us hope his pugilism is not wholly necessary.

The Coyotes have been a very good road team this playoffs. They are 4-1. Color me unimpressed.

It will be interesting to see how they respond tonight, how quickly they devolve into playing like spoiled children. Or will they rally? This is truly their last chance to regain some semblance of the focused determination that got them this far. I am sure we will see some of that early on in the game. Likewise I am sure the Kings will absorb their efforts and regurgitate it down their throats twofold. The question is not, as it never has been these playoffs, whether the Kings can withstand a push from their opponent. The question is can their opponent tolerate our push back.

Or perhaps we don’t even give them the chance. As all the talk will be about how the Coyotes come out of the gate, the Kings will have boundless energy in their strides. Repercussions for the injustices of Hanzal, Smith, Morris and Doan to be extolled. The sweet success of Conference Final victory to be tasted on cool home ice. Adoration to be bestowed by us, the fans.

Another step towards the Cup to be taken.

For that, we pray.

In the name of the Captain, the Son of Philly and the Holy Goalie.

Bless us Oh Hockey Gods, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through LA Kings, Our Team. Amen.

Blessed are You, Kings our Team and Team of our fathers, Team of Dionne, Team of Luc and Team of Gretzky, the great, mighty and awesome Team, exalted Team, who bestows bountiful goals, who creates all wins, who remembers the insanity of the fans, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their fans’ children, for the sake of Our Kings.

Peace be upon no Phoenix fan, without mercy or blessing of Kings.

Holy Sutter, Holy Stevens;
We give you thanks
that your Schemes, Attitude and Leadership
Are manifest with Power and Pressure
throughout all zones,
within all lines,
and we accept your Tutelage now,
in defense and forecheck.

I pray to the wunderkind, the play-maker, destroyer of all cap space, the enemy of forwards, of great brilliance, the descendent of Orr and of Borque, the one who shines like the Dewey flower.

I invoke and call upon thee O Father Mitchell,
Lord of long stick, Master of all lanes and gaps.
I invite you to the blue line;
Defend it, sustain it, make it home.

As it was,
As it is,
As it shall be
O Thou Carter
Of goals!
With the forehand
With the backhand
O Thou Carter
Of goals!
With the forehand
With the backhand

Our Rookies, King of steadfastness, strengthened Nolan, Voynov foothold, support us against the disdainful people.

I profess myself a Penner-worshipper, a Pennercakean, having vowed it and professed it. I pledge myself to the well-played puck, I pledge myself to the well-delivered hit, I pledge myself to the well-fed monster.

Voices above,
Voices of Fans,
Yell from your couch or barstool;
Voices below,
LA King’s Inner-voices,
Speak from the dreams of childhood;
So may our playoffs be beautiful.

Our Kings, who art on home ice
Hallowed be thy game.
Thy kingdom come, thy wills be done
On our ice, as it was on theirs
Give us this day our daily goals, and forgive no Coyote their transgressions,
As we pound into submission those who trespass against us.
And lead us past the third round,
Past these evil Coyote fucks.

Hail Kopi, full of grace, the fans are with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst players and blessed are the fruit of thy skills, goals.
Holy Kopi, dominant of centers, play for us sinners,
Now until the hour of our Cup.

Go fucking nuts.



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30 replies

  1. I am pumped up to the max, as I am really ready to see the Kings really use the home ice and roaring and madhouse fans revving them up. This is the time to shut the door on these wounded bow wow animals dragging themselves into Staples.

    I am a big believer in sports psychology as it relates to a team and individual players getting the job done on the ice. This winning streak produces a great amount of contagion through the Kings, where each player wants to shine and produce and lift each other to the promised land. There is no denial that the psychology ongoing on the ice is now in favor of the Kings, and that needs to be put more to work tonight to get this victory.

    Somebody new tonight may be our hero as Carter was our big production hero in the last game. Yet, I would take Carter again for a reprise performance—why not. The guy stepped up and now he maybe in a groove. If anything, he could be a great decoy as the dogs shadow and key on him, leaving Richards, or Penner open for scores.

    Yet, any King tonight that steps up and carries the team to victory would be a real true sign for a championship type team. Champion teams diversify and figure out full team play with some heroes. That is what I want to see tonight is some inspired play that drives the fans crazy and lifts the team.

    We need certainly healthy continuing poise for the Kings, where they stay within their game plan, maintain composure, and keep up pressure tactics and disrupt any rhythm for the dogs.

    I noticed that so far there has not been many views of the Bob Miller and Jim Fox post game coverage from game 2 in Phoenix. So for those that have missed that post game show, here is the link for you to enjoy as you warm up for the game tonight.

    GO KINGS GO!!!

  2. Los Angeles Rises—good fan video to get your game 3 juices jacked up.

    GO KINGS GO!!!

  3. I feel the time has come to BLACK OUT those DIRTY DOGS!


  4. Everyone should be yelling at Doan and Smith tonight. Especially when Doan is whining to the ref like a school-boy-bitch.

    “Hey Shane Doan, YOU SUCK!”

    • I’m going to make a t-shirt for Sunday… a black out t-shirt with a coyote sporting a black eye wearing smith’s jersey. that piece of shit. He can win the piece of shit trophy with that dirtbag doan, someone, please, make him moan in agony with our slick shots hitting the back of the net.

  5. Ahhhhhhhh……………..mennnnnnnnnnnn

    I love your prayers. One of the things I look forward to before every game.

    I’ve been thinking about posting it (with credit to you guys obviously) on other Kings message boards.

    Get fellow Kings fans in on the prayers to the Hockey Gods as well as exposure for your site.

  6. I can’t wait, tonight is going to be epic. Staples is going to be electric. GKG

  7. I’ll be listening from my car tonight. Not gonna lie…pretty excited about NOT listening to the NBC announcers.

  8. Said my Prayer..;-0
    here we Go
    GO KINGS GO!!!

  9. Tippet keeps mouthing “fuck me, fuck me”, not sure NBC realize this. Just a telling story of what he feels for the game. Dave “fuck me” Tippet…got a nice ring to it :)

    • That’s been cracking me up! First time I’ve actually enjoyed a portion of NBCSN’s coverage.

  10. I’m seriously buying a bike from that Buy My Bike dude just so that he shuts up, holy cow that’s annoying…and effective.

  11. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Unstoppable! Great game!!

  12. Boys and Girls…5 is the muthafucking Magic Number! Go Kings!!!!!

  13. Sloppy first 30 minutes. Turned it up second half.

    Quick reverting back to old form allowing another stoppable goal, but finishes in new form by not allowing another.

    Stoll played great. What a fucking shot King! That third line stepped up tonight. Who will it be Sunday?

    Great win!

    • … If the Kings let go of Stoll in the off-season, they are gotdammed crazy.

      • Yeah. Throughout the season, people have been suggesting and saying it is a foregone conclusion that Stoll is gone. He didn’t have a good regular season. But you know what, the Kings as a whole didn’t have that great of a regular season. Stoll is a bigger factor than people give him credit for (Also Lewis, but I’ll save that for later).

        You look at most of the good teams, they either have a good amount of skilled wingers or skilled centers (some have both). Stoll leaves and people expect Lotki to step up?

        I’ve got to be honest, from the few games he’s played I don’t think he has the size needed for this physical Kings team. I mean shit, even Justin Williams throws his body around occasionally. Lokti didn’t look too effective for me. Had his few bright spots though.

        Stoll needs to be signed this off-season. Penner for the right price. I don’t know if this is the reason, but once Sutter came Penner started to progressively step his game up. I think he has a fire lit under his ass. I’m scared that it is because he is in a contract season, but 2 years at 3 mil, if he’d take it, I’d do as long as it works cap wise.

        • Although, with the amount of shit talking DP took during the regular season, he may not want to play here anymore and may not take a little less to stay here. He took it in stride like a professional, but there were A LOT of Kings fans booing him and on his ass the whole time. He deserved it, but still.

        • Stoll leaves and people expect Lotki to step up?

          … Literally almost everyone here has said that they expect Stoll to be seamlessly replaced by Loktionov. Just as many expected Simmonds to be seamlessly replaced by Clifford. It just doesn’t work that way with these types of players.

          It takes time to grow into a third-line center role. Stoll has actually been one of the quicker studies, having adjusted within the confines of one season. A lot of others have taken longer to fit their game into that role.

          Stoll is a good number three right now, which means the Kings (if they hold onto him) can work Loktionov in gradually as a fourth center – which would be better suited for him at this point in time, not to mention would keep the lineup structure intact. Loktionov doesn’t have to be asked to do more than he is capable of, and Richards doesn’t have to drop down a slot to prop the third line up. That matters. You can’t win without structure.

          Stoll is probably the most versatile player on the Kings’ team, and he’s also their most unselfish player. That also matters.

          once Sutter came Penner started to progressively step his game up

          … Penner improved after the Carter trade because it allowed Sutter to drop Penner down to the third line – the Stoll line. See a pattern developing here?

          Here’s a quote from Penner: “Stolly, he’s always been solid. He’s great on faceoffs, he can play outside of the game – power play, penalty kill, last few minutes, etc. He’s the glue that holds that line together.”

          Before the trade for Carter, Penner was tried on the top two lines from time to time and consistently wasn’t able to produce enough scoring-wise, although he was good in other elements of the game. When Penner hit the third line, it probably took the pressure off of him. Also, there were personal issues with his marriage breaking up; who knows what kind of impact that had on his game/focus.

  14. Here’s a link to some video I shot at the game tonight. It’s just the last 30 seconds of the game or so. It was so loud you can barely hear the horn. Can’t wait until Sunday. Hope you guys enjoy. GKG!

  15. 11 down 5 to go!!!! GKG

  16. Man, it never ceases to amaze the way people just take short cuts to thinking. A good friend of mine, and a former pro hockey player, texted me the following (which seems to be a popular opinion…and one referred to by Tippett during his post-game):
    “The refs r so stupid falling for brown faking all his falls after the whistle. He is embarrasing to the game and should play soccer. What a fag. One of the worst refed games i have ever scene in playoffs.”
    Really? I love when people people make these definitive statements. I seem to remember much more critisism of the reffing during the regular season and round one when things were really out if control. Jesus, anyone ever see the famed Russian-Canadian 72 summit series?? Talk about embarrassing.
    Besides, you get what you pay for. Three blatant intents to injure in the last game means you will be watched extra closely and get little leeway with calls in the next game.
    All in all, everyone can take their negative opinions of Brown and the Kings in general and shove it up his or her ass.

    • In trying to be objective here and I don’t remember when Brown dove tonight or any other King. There were numerous opportunities for our guys to plaster some Yotes players to the glass and seriously fuck em up but they backed off.

      I think Tippets a good coach but with him crying like a bitch I’m losing some respect for the guy. If he wants to compare apples to apples someone should show him the video of that King “hit” on Smith and then we’ll talk diving. Geez the over head cam shows Smith diving better than Greg Lougayness. Like you said Fuck Em. Sunday for the sweep.

      • Also – we didn’t score on a PP so his point is moot anyway. Is he suggesting that his team can’t score unless they have a man advantage? Is that it? Fucking baby.

        In regards to the officiating he’s right; there must have been a half dozen or more penalties – blatant ones – that were not called against them.

        The dogs are desperate pathetic whiny bitches. I never see Sutter whine like that no matter what happens…

  17. Going into the game tonight, this was not the game I was envisioning. Yet, it was a well disciplined and controlled game by the Kings, where they got the job done again tonight.

    When a team is hot, they are hot and streaking where an opponent just exhausts themselves out.

    I thought that the Kings would be on a rampage for several goals, where Smith would be breaking down and letting them in like a sieve.

    Nevertheless, the Kings had many quality scoring chances, but they would not go in. The team did not become demoralized nor frustrated, where they kept their cool and calm game plan to shut them down.

    The Kings are a real machine out there on the ice, where the players know their individual roles. One can feel the confidence and the work ethic to keep chasing down loose pucks, with interceptions and cutting off passing lanes.

    What about at the end of the game, where the players stepped up the pressure to contain breakouts, sending the puck back into the Yote zone, and wasting away the clock. That was a class act of beauty, that really exemplified that the Kings know all of the great tactics out on the ice
    to defend a slim one goal lead.

    We saw that all year long, how the Kings were great one goal lead defenders who could just burn out the clock. This is not easy, but they made it look easy.

    Now, again, I pulled out my broom from the closet and it is next to my TV now ready to go for the sweep.

    GO KINGS GO!!!.

    • Well said. They are truly a pleasure to watch.
      Winning is the only vengeance and vindication we need.
      This is evolving from a surprising to an epic run. One that will be remembered by more than just us Kings fans.

  18. I like how the announcers stated that Brownie likes to draw penalties…just about died of laughter.. did they miss the part of the series where those dogs were head hunting after brownie? Or that dirty son of a bitch smith… Guess those NBC announcers aren’t just stupid…clearly they are blind too.


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