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.
The Key Three: May 15 – Los Angeles Kings News
Retribution is highly overrated. The best revenge for a team is to see opponents skate toward the penalty box, or the locker room.
…which they accomplished in 1972 and 1992, both during the regular season, obviously. The current Kings streak stands at 7. (The NHL record for consecutive playoff wins is 11.)