Kings 1, Sharks 2

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

These game-day emails the Kings send out have some pretty awesome pictures sometimes. Today we have the Sharks and for some reason... I have to laugh every time I look at these. Soupy, that teal really brings out the color of... your hair. Jon, you look silly. Patty, you have... quite a long neck.

1st Period:
- Ohhhh, we got Clouts in net! Oh, and Brian Boucher for the Sharks...who??
- Going along with the track record of the visiting team winning these matchups, the odds are against the Kings coming out with 2 points tonight.
- Dallman and Blake have great hits in the corners in the first couple of minutes and Cloutier is making some solid saves. The Sharks aren't applying too much pressure in the neutral zone so it's looking pretty evenly matched up in the first half of the period.
- Just under 7 minutes left, the Kings have 3 chances in a row and Grier gets a delay of game penalty against him. Kings PP - Blake gets a penalty and it's 4-on-4 (Marc Crawford has the most atrocious shirt and tie ensemble). Peter Harrold takes a shift on the 4-on-4 and runs into Vish. C'mon, rookie...take a shift without making a mistake, you can do it. Ellis takes a penalty and the Sharks are on an extended power play.
- Sharks Goal - How was Thornton was left open down low? Upon replay we see that Preissing leaves Mr. Junk in the Trunk and goes after a puck (17:09).

2nd Period:
- McLaren boards Brownie and the Kings are on the PP. Nothing exciting here, moving along.
- There was a penalty on Dallman, but while that was being called, Cloutier made a CLUTCH save. I would have been so much more impressed if the play hadn't been whistled down.
- Kings PP - WHY IS DALLMAN ON THE POWER PLAY?!?! Mitchell comes out of the penalty box and gets a break away pass, but Clouts makes the save. Geez...
- The Kings spend about one hour in the neutral making the softest passes I've ever seen. The Sharks get back to the Kings' zone and Setoguchi gets called for interference. Oh man, Cloutier went and had some words with Jody Shelley on the Sharks bench during the time out. Fantastic. But the Kings have had 4 PP opportunities and haven't taken advantage to get on the scoreboard.
- Sharks Goal - Rissmiller barrels in on Clouts with Preissing on him, but he gets his own rebound and gets it past Cloutier (16:23).
- Shots on: Kings 22, Sharks 20

3rd Period:
- Jim Fox mentioned that JJ wasn't on the bench and I see that he's only played 9:46. During the first period he blocked a shot that hit the inside of his right foot, so now Dallman's getting more minutes and Klemm's playing defense. Interesting.
- 8 minutes to go and... I am bored. The Kings aren't being completely dominated but they're not creating anything either. Helmetless Cheechoo gets rocked by Calder and Blake, kinda scary but funny at the same time. Time is ticking along and the Kings look like they have lead in their skates.

(AP Photo/Francis Specker)
I really have no caption for this; suggestions?

- Kings Goal - I SPOKE TOO SOON. Lubo (7) gets the puck out on the point and bombs a shot through traffic and nets one so the Kings don't get shut out. Cool... (15:13). This sparks a switch and the Kings start to play hockey! They're attacking and spending more time in the offensive zone and get 8 shots on this period to the Sharks 3.

Kings 1, Sharks 2. This continues the trend of beating each other in each other's houses. This loss has put the kings officially out of playoff contention. And.... I'm going to bed.


Jen-Again March 18, 2008 at 10:07 PM  

Ooooh- way to make it exciting there!

I was listening to the radio pre-show, and Dan Rusanowsky (sp?) and Jamie Baker were quite complimentary about the way the Kings are building for the future. You guys have five 20 goal scorers this year? That is pretty impressive. Once the goalie situation is ironed out, they felt (and I do, too) that the Kings are better situated for the long term than the Ducks.

I am happy the Sharks won, but definitely think that the Kings showed up!

Gann Matsuda March 19, 2008 at 1:26 AM  

Actually, the Kings were putting in just enough effort to not get blown out until about five minutes were left in the game. They finally turned it up to full speed. Before that, they made it far too easy for the Sharks to takeaway the front of the net and the middle of the ice.

ScottJaredZimmerman March 19, 2008 at 6:07 AM  

When does the Pro Beach Hockey season start?

Connie March 19, 2008 at 6:10 AM  

Jen - I'm glad other teams continue to notice our pipeline. We have 3 players with over 20 and 2 with 18 and 19 goals. So basically, yeah, 5. =) We are definitely a lot younger than the Ducks, so once we get our act together, it'll be pretty exciting. Thanks for all the kudos!

Gann - The Kings "putting in just enough effort" was quite boring. I mean, I'm glad they didn't get blown out, but I was hoping for a little more excitement. The only exciting moment before the last 5 minutes was Cloutier running his mouth. I don't think Shelley was expecting it, haha.

Connie March 19, 2008 at 6:12 AM  

Soon enough, Nemmy. Soon enough.

Chris (KingsCast) March 19, 2008 at 10:18 AM  

Agree with Gann. The last 5 minutes of the game were the only worth watching. Boring. But, come on, was anyone really surprised with this outcome?

Connie March 19, 2008 at 7:02 PM  

I definitely wasn't surprised. But why did it have to be so boring??? I felt like I was falling sleep!

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