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…
The Kings have substantially rewritten their postseason record book this spring. Now, they’re poised to put a serious dent in the NHL’s record book. A victory over the Phoenix Coyotes today at Staples Center would give the Kings a berth in the Stanley Cup finals with a 12-1 record, the fewest games any finalist will…
This was rich coming from the coach of the team that carried on like ruffians in losing Game 2 of the best-of-seven series. Kings forward Dustin Brown was fortunate he wasn’t crippled when he was driven into the boards from behind by Coyotes centre Martin Hanzal, who was suspended for Game 3. Coyotes captain Shane Doan was tossed from the same game when he hit Trevor Lewis from behind.
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.
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.
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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.)
When Martin Hanzel boarded Dustin Brown in tonight’s game, with Brown lying face down and motionless on the ice, my 8 year old son had a question:
“Why are they cheering?”
I keep thinking about W. P. Kinsella’s short-story, “The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.” The Cubs are on a historic hot streak, about to win the World Series, and their manager is having a recurring nightmare that the Cubs win it all and then the world blows up. He believes it’s a premonition. And he has to decide whether he should throw the series to save the world, or win it all and let the world explode.