As hard as the zebras tried to give the Ducks an edge in this game, the Kings said no. First, a phantom tripping penalty against Dustin Brown and later a similar garbage call against Dwight King, the Kings gave up one powerplay goal out of those two. As far as I am concerned, this was a 5-1 victory.
How’s your head, Souray? Your face? How many blows did he take from our young stud, Jordan Nolan? Three? Four? That fight was a momentum shifter.
Slava Voynov does everything well. He is our best defenseman and has been since game one. And as much as I love Drew Doughty’s physical game, Drew has spoiled the hell out of us. Where is my superstar?
Quick was okay. He overplayed the puck, over challenged shooters and got himself out of position several times. Still though, he was good. I am thankful he didn’t have to be great.
You know whose game I loved? Justin Williams. I sense each time he has the puck, he is looking to create a high percentage scoring opportunity. He is dangerous in the offensive zone and has a nose for the center of the ice, between the dots and below the hashmarks.
You know who else I loved? Anze Kopitar. Winning nearly every faceoff. Great defense. Playmaking center.
Brown, 3 games, 3 goals. Carter, 4 games, 4 goals.
Jake Muzzin’s goal…what a beauty. I was in 315 and I bit on the pass. In fact, my eyes had already settled on the pass recipient when Muzz ripped it past Fasth.
After the Ducks took the 2-1 lead, I immediately knew we were going to win this game. Can’t explain it. Just a rush surged through me. I told Surly this. He believed it too…as he should. My surges are rarely wrong.
Anaheim played last night. Losers always have an excuse. Corey Perry is going to sign with a team in the east and Selanne will retire. Warm up those excuses for next season, Ducks fans. You will need them. Don’t think I’m right about Perry? I am never wrong on such things. Ask Devils fans what I told them about Parise two years ago. Hey, at least you’ll have Fasth, by then perhaps an overpaid, underperforming cautionary tale.
Scribe’s 3 Stars:
3. Rob Scuderi
2. Slava Voynov
1. Anze Kopitar
Honorable mentions: Jordan Nolan, Dustin Penner and Jake Muzzin.
Five comes after four. Let’s fist the Red Wings.