Kari Lehtonen Isn’t Jesus…Kings Beat Stars 3-2
“Breathe”, I reminded myself.
With 5 minutes left, I stopped listening. I am writing this post game on my way to heaven…
I don’t use the word dominate too often but that is exactly what we did to the Stars for the first 30 minutes. Give the Dallas Stars credit though. After Justin William’s goal, they could have packed it in but they forechecked with three forwards and activated their defensemen on nearly every shift. I don’t think the L.A. Kings were ready for it.
And that brings me to why I loved this victory. Adversity can be a kick in the nuts. The L.A. Kings were under intense pressure in the final 5-10 minutes but, as a five man unit, they played excellent positional hockey and didn’t let the Stars have many second and third chances in or around the crease. For the most part, Dallas was kept to the boards and the Kings clogged up shooting lanes even during relentless attacks. When the Stars got a shot through, Jonathan Bernier (11 games played, 8 wins and a 1.95 GAA) was excellent.
It’s hard to single out one player because the Kings played a nice team game. I did enjoy watching the 4th line. Brad Richardson brought the little train that could to every shift. I hope the smile from that goal stays on his face for days until it is replaced with a bigger one against the Dogs on Tuesday. I also want to see him stay. He and Clifford have chemistry (it was the two of them with Wayne Simmonds that showed an offensive knack a couple of seasons ago, in the playoffs right?) but it may require the same type of physical and defensively sound effort to keep him in the lineup. It’s nice to have depth.
I just looked up and saw that the Blue Jackets beat the Ducks in OT. Jerk-offs couldn’t have done it in regulation?
Slava Voynov is the bee’s knees. Drew Doughty is a hockey god. I think Cory Sarich can add some defensive depth to this team and I still wonder if Dustin Penner will be traded before the deadline. On the latter issue, I have heard some things that lead me to believe he may be going east. I liked Penner’s game in the 1st period. But it is frustrating as hell seeing him hustle and get to the net for 3-4 shifts and then…not. Still, a better first game back.
Speaking of the after-life, I am unsure why I am traveling downward. Must be a glitch. Man, it’s getting warmer…hey look, it’s Jim Morrison.
Happy Easter, wherever you may be or headed.