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Welcome! All aboard the Kings bandwagon!

Frankly, I think the bandwagon gets a bum rep. Bum rap? They get a bum something or other. We WANT a big bandwagon. That’s what success looks like. People take notice and want to be a part of it.

So if you are leaping on the bandwagon, welcome. Find a seat. Make yourself at home. The natives are generally friendly.

Doan got a game misconduct last night

It was a Shane Doan we never saw before.

Bitter. Frustrated. Unhinged.

“I bit my tongue this whole series,” he said. “This whole series.”

The Phoenix Coyotes’ magical season came to an end Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena and it was hard for the captain to bow out gracefully.

Phoenix has Psychotic Breakdown, sent to Booby Hatch

The Yotes have been feeding for so long on the fact that they have been on the verge of bankruptcy, legal troubles, one foot out the door to other cities, playing in empty arenas — using all of that as a rallying cry — that their sense of persecution has become an ingrained and defining part of their collective identity. “Everyone is out to get us” — in its various iterations — has been their team motto, and they’ve used it to their advantage, until now. And their psychotic reaction to actually losing is the flip side of believing their own internal narrative.

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

  • I’m pretty sure Terry Murray would have benched Penner after the first period of this game. Sutter did not.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Shoulder pads don’t have to be weapons

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.

Memorial Cup: Is this how video review normally works?

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,…