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Game 4, Pre-Game: well, THIS is new

  The Kings have never swept a seven-game series before. They’ve never been up 3-0 before either. As far as I can tell, their longest playoff winning streak is five games, starting with the last four games of the 2001 Detroit series and continuing with a win in game one of round two against Colorado.…

Ken Hitchcock on Parity; Me on old arenas

From Pierre LeBrun: Competitive balance has taken the National Hockey League to new heights – ESPN “To me, there’s nine teams in each conference that are so close that I think that’s why you see these lower seeds going like hell right now,” Hitchcock said. “I honestly believe they think they can win the Cup.…

Darryl Sutter vs. Yogi Berra

I think the toughest part of winning, when you have four-out-of-seven (series), is the first game. Then the second game gets tougher. Then the third game gets tougher. Then the fourth game gets tougher. via Sutter postgame quotes (April 15) « LA Kings Insider. The first game is the toughest, until the second game? I’m…

I have a different problem with the mean Kings tweet

[...] The tweet in question, issued late Wednesday night from the team’s official account after the Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks in the first game of their playoff series, said: “To everyone in Canada outside BC, you’re welcome.” Lombardi said on Thursday that, “In no way did this reflect the opinion of the players, coaches…

Burke reveals the Pittsburgh Model is actually his ass

“What’s the Pittsburgh model?” Brian Burke snapped that question back to the media during a postseason press conference on Tuesday [...]. The [...] question had been about preaching patience to the fan base and [the idea of collecting] high draft choices through years of unsuccessful hockey [as a way to turn Toronto into] a Stanley Cup…

Why does this headline bug me?

“Kings Must Face Best after Blowing Lead” That’s the headline of Lisa Dillman’s article tonight. I think it bugs me because “the best” was not determined until a few minutes before it was determined who the best would be playing. St. Louis could easily have turned out to be “the best.” So it’s Vancouver. Oh…

Stat I Have to Look Up

The number of times the Kings have entered the third period with a lead and given up a goal in the first minute. It feels like that’s happened about (as I recently heard an animated aardvark say) eleventy ka-billion times.