…Kopitar saving that one, not Quick? (Yep, confirmed by replay)
Remember how the Kings used to blow those big leads going into the third? Those days are over. OVER! Remember when the Kings would score a goal only to give one up ten seconds later? Or give up a goal and then give up another one right away, just to make their hole a little deeper? NO MORE! Remember when the Kings would freak out at home like kindergarteners at the school play? Distant, fondly-recalled memories of our youth!
Lombardi told Richards, “You can follow Bobby Clarke in Philadelphia, as everybody had you doing, or you can be Bobby Clarke in L.A. and be the first to establish something.”
…doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get you.
“You have to give [the coaches] credit for putting us at ease and not feel embarrassed,” Brodeur said. “It’s not like somebody is talking about you.”
…swept a seven game playoff series.
…won a seven game series in five games (until this year).
…won the first three games of two consecutive series (until now).
…won the first three games of any seven game series before this year. (They have only won the first two games in a series twice, before this year: 1968 and 1976.)
…had a 7-1 record after eight playoff games (until now). They were 5-3 to start 2001, 1993, 1991,and 1976; 4-4 to start 1990, 1989, 1982, 1977 and 1969.
Shut up! First, we had to listen to Ken Hitchcock say the Kings are the true #1 seed in the West, now this:
It’s hard to say this, but the most impressive team so far has been the Kings. I’ve said from the beginning of the playoffs, they are as well-rounded a team as there is right now.
In lieu of the usual post-game bullets, here is a selection of tweets from the game.
If Pietrangelo plays, he’s not vulnerable, because he doesn’t have and never did have a concussion. We know this because if he did have a concussion and the Blues skirted the protocol to allow him to play when he could be permanently disabled by a second injury — then it would be the Blues (not the Kings) who have no moral compass.
How do I know this?
The Kings did hear from Brendan Shanahan regarding Dwight King’s hit on Alex Pietrangelo, and they were told that the on-ice call — a two-minute boarding penalty — was correct.