It is an LA Kings tradition that, following a loss, we snuggle up with Helene Elliott’s prickly verdict. The recipe for these articles is usually: start with a stylized but snarky opening condemnation, then alternate actual quotes from the judged with your own grumpy asides. Top it off with a curtly dismissive headline, indicating how…
With regard to dangerous hits, we often hear that “respect” has gone out of the game. I doubt it. It’s the risk of injury for the checker that’s gone out of the game. And — for some reason — it’s easier to get players to respect (read: protect) themselves than it is to get them to respect their opponents.
The Memorial Cup is on NHL Network. It’s the Edmonton Oil Kings playing host Shawinigan. Third period. There’s a scramble in the Oil King crease, the puck ends up in the net, the horn blows, the crowd goes wild, the ref (Nicola D’Etille? almost certainly spelled wrong) signals the play is dead. The crowd boos,…
None of the eleven players mentioned were undrafted UFA signings, although Lombardi has gone that route several times, most notably with Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell (since departed), Martin Jones, Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske.
Here’s how the current Kings got here, in order of arrival:
(1) yes, it’s true, Brown suckers people into taking penalties and one of his techniques is to hit someone and then go down easy when the player retaliates; (2) the key here is “WHEN THE PLAYER RETALIATES.” If you don’t want the penalty, don’t retaliate.
It occurs to me that Tippett was the one who said the Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa was a clean hockey check.
The whole game — in fact, every game where the rules are enforced by referees — is playing on the edge, on the border between legal and not. And the refs have to make a zillion judgment calls every game. Otherwise, you wouldn’t need refs.
The reason the “experts” are picking the Kings at this point is that the Coyotes mostly haven’t shown up at all this series, and to the degree that they have shown up, they’ve self-destructed. It’s not like it’s been close and you’ve soldiered on valiantly despite public opinion.
– have had three consecutive 3-0 series leads in one playoff year? I know Montreal did it at least twice (in the late 60s and in…1976?) and Pittsburgh did it since the lock-out, either the year they won it all, or the year they lost in the finals to Detroit. Who else?
Whether it’s the ghost of Craig Ludwig’s shin-pads, or plain old teamwork (yawn — am I supposed to put “TEAMWORK” on the back of my replica jersey?), the goal is to stop you from doing what you want to do. It’s called defense.