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.
Right, because attempting to decapitate a player who doesn’t have the puck is the same thing has a shoulder check to the puck-carrier’s body. Hey, the ref’s almost cost the Kings the game (see Doughty penalties) but they didn’t.
- 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.
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.