Who Has Been Better Than the Kings This Post-Season?

Nobody. No, that’s not true, really. But I couldn’t resist, given the headline of my last post. Justin Williams was hilarious last night when he said, about digging themselves an 0-3 hole, “let’s make a point never to do that again.” That’s from memory, so that might not be an exact quote.

I think a lot of Kings fans probably had a similar reaction to mine. Last night, when I could barely watch the game I was so nervous, I kept thinking how the first three games felt so much like 2011, or 2010, both playoffs in which those Kings teams fell apart in situations when they could easily have won. But then, on a dime, the last four games felt I would have to say exactly like the 2012 team. It was like craptacular Kings were overnight switched out for unstoppable Kings. Not that the unstoppable Kings won every game, or didn’t win a bunch of games that could have gone either way. But somehow a switch was thrown last week, and the 2014 Kings — despite showing a shocking lack of composure within those first two games — nevertheless asserted cup-worthy composure over the course of the series.

I’m not actually sure that any of the above means anything. But I do love it when the other team’s fragile psychologies trump our own.

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson for certain shifts without which I might be writing an entirely different post this morning. (And that’s not to take anything away from other more well-paid but equally deserving heroes.)


  3 comments for “Who Has Been Better Than the Kings This Post-Season?

  1. Matt George
    May 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    speechless .. just … awesome

  2. Samsa
    May 2, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    And a tip of the cap to Jake Muzzin for drawing a couple of very timely penalties.

  3. May 3, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Over on JFTC, I posted about how there may well be a lot of substance to Sutter’s insistence on taking each game as a brand-new event, completely separate from from everything that came before. From the fan’s POV, I can understand how it’s frustrating, because it doesn’t reflect our elation when things are going well, or our concern when things are going badly. And it seems counterintuitive to insist that there is no momentum within a series, only within a game.

    But when you have the memory of a goldfish and treat each game as a discrete event, it does keep you from coasting when things are going well (which may have happened to the Sharks this past series) and from getting down when they’re going badly (which benefitted the Kings in this past series). It probably also helps prevent panic when a team comes back on you — they nipped the Devils in the bud in 2012, and I’ve seen it argued that the Sharks were a nervous team in the Game 7 just past.

    It’s easy to feed the press cliches about taking it one game at a time. It’s another thing for an entire team to buy into it wholeheartedly.

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