Stick a fork in me, I’m Doan! (post-game bullets)

A few quick thoughts:

  • Western Conference champs.
  • DUSTIN PENNER! I’m so glad he got this goal. I’m happy for him. And it’s good for the Kings that he’s firing on all cylinders.
  • When asked about Quick, Penner just said, “You mean Vezina Smythe?” Excellent.
  • I’m pretty sure Terry Murray would have benched Penner after the first period of this game. Sutter did not. That’s a huge difference in their coaching styles.
  • Only one coach has knocked out the first three seeds in the first three rounds of the playoffs, and he’s done it twice.
  • Dustin Brown check on Roszival. Sorry, Phoenix, that’s not a knee-on-knee check. Maybe I’ll put together a bunch of youtube clips to demonstrate what a knee-on-knee check is. Brown hit him with his shoulder with his leg driving between Roszival’s legs. Plays like that have been called for penalties, but it’s a judgment call situation. If the ref thinks Brown is sticking out his knee he’ll call it. But tell me how you can knee someone yet hit them with your shoulder first. You can’t.
  • Note to Phoenix fans: throwing crap on the ice is classless, and it also can cost your team because the ref can call a penalty against the home team.
  • Oh never mind: YOUR SEASON IS OVER.
  • Shane Doan: yelling at people in line? You are a fool. A sorry, classless fool.
  • Two great moments in the line, though. Quick and LaBarbera, and Quick and Smith.
  • What else? I’m surprised Doughty didn’t get an unsportsmanlike for going Tazmanian on the ref and then on the linesmen.
  • But he was right.
  • The penalty on Doughty was holding the stick on whoever that was. Roszival?
  • The offsides call was a joke. The puck was clearly not even close to clearing the zone.
  • I was pretty sure the Kings were going to lose this game, once it got to OT. Especially when they didn’t score on the power play in OT (remember last year against San Jose, with the 5 minute powerplay in OT?) and then had to kill a penalty.
  • But, as with many things this post-season, that’s what the old Kings would have done.
  • 8-0 on the road in the playoffs. Never been done, has it?
 
  • DougS

    I was listening to the radio cast, and you could tell just by the tone of Nick’s voice that Drew was getting close to an Unsportsmanlike minor. 

    I was actually fairly confident that the Kings would pull it out when it got to OT. It sounded like they were getting the better of the play overall and had momentum on their side. Probably more confident, if anything, than I was about the OT in Game 5 against Vancouver.

    I know what you mean about flashing back to last year’s SJ series, but I think it’s not just that the Kings are more mature, but when you play SJ 4-on-4 there’s going to be a certain amount of fire-juggling involved because of their skill level. It’s almost a matter of time before they break through and burn you. With Phoenix — as Uni said in another thread, when they’re on they hunker down like cockroaches, and if you can keep the pressure on them they’ll stay hunkered down.

    • sstephen17

      Doug, I thought that after the Kings killed the 2 man disadvantage (courtesy of the stupid interference penalty on Vrbata I think) they were going to win that.  That was the Coyotes chance to get a big goal and hang on.  

  • VoluminousTuna

    Holy smokes. I haven’t been part of the Kings hive mind for a while, but I need to rejoice with everyone else tonight.

    • Elizabeth Hillman

       Welcome back!

  • Elizabeth Hillman

    Ummhmm… Umm.. Ummmhmmmm… Buuushit.. umm! I love captainzz until they whine. Then I laaaaaugh!!!!!

  • USHA#17

    It was clear the during the final month that the post season would hinge upon Penner and Fraser stepping up.    

    You called it Quisp.  Sutter gave Penner the leash he needed to return to form.  And Fraser…what a great final month and post season…

    One thing this season taught me is to keep some of my opinions to myself.  I ragged Sutter’s hiring, ragged Penner, Ragged Fraser (thought he should have been on the Gone Line with Hunter and Moreau). 

    Now all I need is the Power Play to click and I can be wrong about Kompon, too…no, wait, he’s not on the PP any longer, is he?  Look out Bernie, here I come: “Hey Bernie, the PP might improve if you stopped using a 9-iron when instructing the team!!!!!”

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

       I wouldn’t worry too much about keeping your opinions to yourself. You can always disagree with yourself later.

    • sstephen17

      I don’t think you were the only one with those opinions.  Although I’ve supported Penner 90% of the time, I also disagreed initially with the Sutter hiring and would have liked to have seen Loktionov instead of Fraser.  In those cases, it’s nice to be wrong.

      • DougS

        Wonderful post by Wyshynski today that recalled Lombardi’s El Cid Lounge softball team line. So you guys weren’t the only ones to express disappointment with Penner.

        I’m particularly happy for Pens precisely because he had been such a flop up to that point.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WYNJWSZBOZHEKMIBSV5LW2FPJI/ James Harris

    Boy, Phoenix is embarrassing themselves with some of their post-game comments. I get the “heat of the battle” but to have “leaders’ like Doan, Smith and Yandle making the comments that they are is just silly. Score on the phantom holding the stick call on Doty and suddenly the refs are your best friends, right Doaner?