So six in a row isn’t bad, right?
With all eyes on Gaborik’s first game as a King, the King-Stoll-Brown line continued to prove its usefulness while Mike Richards and Alec Martinez showed that it’s not always a team effort. Well, that’s not entirely true. The Kings played a solid, 60-minute game. But more exciting than Richard’s beautiful howitzer or Martinez’s dirty dangle wrister for the 2nd and 3rd King’s goals, was the marked lack of penalties the team took tonight.
For what I believe is the first time this season, the Kings were only shorthanded once during the game. This is a big turnaround from the last few months, where the Kings have averaged 3.64 times shorthanded since January coming into tonight. It’s been worse during this win streak, averaging 4 times shorthanded over the last 5 games.
That now concludes the math quota for Surly & Scribe during the 2013-2014 season.
My point is, it’s encouraging.
The Jets put up a fight and attacked the Kings blue line well but were never able to establish a prolonged and invasive forecheck. The game was back and forth for long durations, making for some exciting hockey. The Kings never let it devolve into a run and gun and kept composure.
Fine, we’ll talk about Gaborik. He looked like a guy playing his first game with a team. He put himself in the right spots to score, but not necessarily always in the right spot for the play at hand. He spent most of his shifts thinking and reacting, but showed early signs of great chemistry with Kopitar and Williams. He certainly gave the Kings a different look on the powerplay, where they cycled the puck well from low to high to open up the middle of the ice. The defensemen in particular were money at the offensive blue line throughout the game.
Someone here said Gaborik’s conditioning isn’t at the level of the rest of the team and I agree with that. He wasn’t sluggish, but his explosiveness wasn’t quite there and he seemed to tire towards the ends of his shifts, but again, I think a lot of what seemed to be a lack of energy was an overabundance of thought. Not even having had a real practice with the team, he was passing too often and more concerned with what his teammates were doing than what he was doing. Normal stuff. Good things to come.
Nothing really to complain about, besides the awful acoustic guitar being mangled by my neighbor’s kid. Six in a row is fun. Seven is better. How many Kings wins until I’m allowed to smack a strange child upside his oblong head?
Scribe’s 3 Stars (taking a wild guess)
3. Drew Doughty
2. Justin Williams
1. Mike Richards
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