Game One: Kings 4, Canucks 2

  • Game one goes to the Kings. That’s an odd feeling.
  • That was one of those games the Kings of old knew how to lose. Who are these guys?
  • By which I mean, a game in which the Kings came out strong, dominated, got stone-walled, got a dumb penalty followed by a quick goal-against. Etc.
  • Another feature of the usual plot of Kings’ losses: the power play that fails to capitalize on multiple  ripe opportunities to put their opponent away.
  • The Canucks seemed especially undisciplined tonight.
  • It was obvious that they were trying to throw Doughty off his game.
  • I think trying to throw Doughty off his game threw them off their game.
  • I saw a headline somewhere questioning whether the hit which drove Clifford’s face through the glass was deserving of a 5 and game. Er, yes, it was?
  • I assume Clifford will be out for a few games and Andrei Loktionov will get to be in his first NHL playoff game.
  • DUSTIN PENNER!
  • Totally different player after his marriage fell apart.
  • Penner, Richards, Carter. The Big Trade Line?
  • Speaking of one of those trades, Brayden Schenn had a nice goal in LA East’s OT win over Brian Burke’s Ass.
  • Slava Voynov is really good at keeping pucks in.
  • Did Jeff Carter intentionally bunt that puck over to Penner with his skate?
 
  • https://twitter.com/mbgsfv Matt

    It looked a lot like Carter put his hackey sacking to use on that assist.

    • Niesy

       So that’s what they do at those wild parties.

      • http://www.mcsorleys-stick.com/ Quisp

         That’s the code name for it, anyway.

  • DougS

    I’ve been sharing hugs with Niesy about this over at JFtC, but I’ll say it again: I’m genuinely happy for Penner. After tonight, whenever anyone looks back on his ’11–’12 season, at least it may be said that he scored the big goal in a very important game — a game that may turn out to be one of the most important in recent Kings’ history.

    • Doughty99

      Penner also scored a huge late goal (GWG?) against SJ on 3/20.  Like others have said, I’d take him back for the right price. GKG!!

    • sstephen17

      It’s actually kind of endearing to see a whipping boy score a big goal.  
      Penner also made a great back checking play (!) that may have saved a goal as well.  I’m sure it’s not just in my section at Staples but he takes a lot of heat, sometimes when he doesn’t even deserve it.  Good for him and the Kings; hope the good vibes continue.  

      • DougS

        I’ve had a soft spot for Penner personally since the whole pancakes thing, because I admire how he took lemons and not only made lemonade from them, but did it to benefit others. Smart, as well as classy.

        So I was happy that he did something that really stands out, so that we in the fan base will remember him more fondly.

        • Doughty99

          Penner’s goal gave me a hard spot.

          Also very happy for him. Keep up the good work, “Dashing”!

  • counterpart20

    I don’t know much, but Penner seemed straight up f’n DOMINANT. Most complete game I’ve ever seen from him.

  • https://twitter.com/geoffdes78 Geoff DeSouza

    Penner probably saved himself a couple hundred thousand (since he’s obviously taking a pay cut, ‘saved’ is the better word here) wherever he signs next year with that performance.

    I know the “Penner knows how to win in the playoffs, the other Kings don’t” factor is diminished by Richards / Carter / (the ghost of Gagne) hanging around, but… let’s face it, this was a game won by the Philly guys.

  • Doughty99

    I too was thinking about  name for the Penner-Richards-Carter line. What about:

    The C-P-R line

  • responsible_D

    Since I didn’t get to see most of the game, can someone tell me why Penner was on the ice with MR and JC for that goal?  Was he taking regular shift with them or was that just overlap between lines?

    From the little I saw he looked great last night, moving faster than I’ve ever seen him move before.  He actually beat a Canuck player in a long race to a loose puck and got possession.   What a force he could be if he keeps his game at that level.

    • Eggplant

      Could be either one, but probably because Clifford was out and Sutter had to shuffle the lines just about the entire 3rd period.

  • Eggplant


    Did Jeff Carter intentionally bunt that puck over to Penner with his skate? ”

    Yes. Yes he did.

    • m_and_m

       I suspect not but I’m willing to be convinced.

  • sstephen17

    Any thoughts on lines if Clifford is indeed out for game 2 (and possibly beyond)?

    Brown-Kopitar-Williams
    Carter-Richards-King
    Penner-Stoll-Lewis
    Nolan-Fraser-Loktionov

    Might even swap King/Penner.  I know Penner scored a big goal but I don’t think King played a bad game. Had a couple of nice hits on the fore check.

    • Garrett79

      Brown-Kopitar-Williams
      Carter-Richards-Penner
      Stoll-Loktionov-King
      Nolan-Fraser-Lewis

  • m_and_m

    Much as I like Loktionov, I don’t think he’s an adequate replacement for Clifford.  The Kings would lose a good bit of toughness against a team that is hell bent on running Doughty and taking cheap shots.  On the other hand, replacing him with Westgarth just means we see a lot less of the 4th line which has been a very important contributor over the last few weeks.  Lesser of two evils?

  • angelofdeath

    Hope they don’t get content with taking one in VAN… 

    That’s the old Mike Richards we saw last night… Looks like Vigneault will take Kesler off of him, haha…