Up And (Like a Dinosaur) Roaring To Go (PT)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Player Transactions:
- Kyle Calder is out with a broken finger & John Zeiler has been recalled (March 21).
- The Kings primary affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, sign Josh Kidd (D) to an Amateur Tryout Agreement. He was drafted by the Kings in the seventh-round (184th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
- Four (4) Kings prospects were named to the Western Hockey League (WHL) First Team All-Stars: Thomas Hickey, T.J. Fast, Oscar Moller, Linden Rowat.
- Jaroslav Modry was chosen as the Kings' nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Kings are playing the Dallas Stars for the 368th time this season. Last time these two teams met, it went to the shootout where Patty O took his turn against Turco and scored the game winner. In that game and in the game against the Coyotes on March 20th, Sully was the 4th shooter, which ended up being the game winner. This begs the question: why does Crow put in Cammy as the 3rd shooter? It doesn't make sense because he's in a little slump and can't seem to find the back of the net as much as Sully has. I'd have understood if he put in, let's say, Alexander "I am Russian Hottie" Frolov, but no, we have Michael "Short Stack" Cammalleri taking the shot. If this game goes to overtime, and then to the shootout without Sully taking the 3rd opportunity, I'll... spazz out.

1st Period:
- It had seemed that the Kings and Stars were even in their play for the first half of the period. This could be promising.
- Giuliano takes a penalty, which means my PK Beast is NOT on the kill. Harrold gets hurt pretty badly blocking a shot and I'm hoping it nothing is broken in his foot (a la JJ). Stars Goal - Trevor Daley bombs one from the blueline, which was deflected twice and Brenden Morrow gets credited with the goal at 13:08.
- Kings PP - Mark Fistric shoves Brownie and Cammy comes to save the day. Although Cammy takes a slashing penalty off the next faceoff. 4-on-4 - nothing exciting here. Harrold is back on the ice, thank god.
- Ersberg pulls a Hasek/Huet and skates out of the crease to poke the puck away from Stars player. That was...awesome and scary at the same time. It's not often (or at all) where a Kings goalie makes an aggressive decision like that. But, seriously, where was the Kings defense on that play?
- So this John Zeiler kid. You gotta feel kind of bad that the Monarchs figured that they could do without him in their playoff push. At this point, the Kings need roster fillers and Zeiler is the call up; I hope his skating has improved from the short/terrible choppy strides he had at the beginning of the season.
- This Rapid Fire thing is TERRIBLE... so awkward... at least Cammy was better than Kopi. =/

2nd Period:
- 5 minutes in, Loui Eriksson knocks down Ersberg and gets an interference penalty. One might say Dallman forced him in like that, but who shot that puck at Ersberg after the whistle was blown??
- Kings PP - Kings Goal - ROB BLAKE (8 & 160th as a Kings, 9th among all Kings) scores grabbing the garbage in front of Turco at 5:48. He now trails Jim Fox in scoring and Foxy says there's no way Blake is catching him. Ahh, I love it.

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Blake looks like a bully that's walking away from some havoc in the sandbox that he left in his wake

- Stars Goal - Stu Barnes scores at 11:32 and Dallas is up 2-1. P.S. Ersberg makes the best in between play faces. This goal opens up big scoring chances from both teams; even Ivanans gets a nice wrister off at Turco.
- Dallas up 2-1 with the shots even at 20 apiece.

3rd Period:
- First half of this period like the first half of the first period. I hate using the same word more than twice in one sentence; sounds awkward.
- Kings PP - Except Sully gets a holding penalty and it's another 4-on-4. I must say, as no surprise, Ersberg is making some solid saves.
- Kings Goal - Wasn't expecting this one! Dallas wasn't able to clear their zone, Michal Handzus (6) picks it up, and snaps one off and the Kings have tied it! (16:59) Apparently Handzus hadn't scored since December 17th (42 games). Go Zeus!
- Kings Goal - Lubo (8) takes the shot from the blueline at 17:54 with assists going to Army and Brownie. This is now 2 goals in 55 seconds.
- Kings Goal - Handzus!! He gets his 7th goal at 18:41. He should thank Fro for setting this up for him. Fro draws the attention of 2 Stars and takes a shot on; Zeus grabs the rebound off to the right of Turco and scores. This finishes the game with 3 goals in 1:42.

Kings 4, Stars 2 (shots 30, 27). Marty Turco hates the Kings. It's official.


Cat March 22, 2008 at 7:53 PM  

I have to step in and say that it was Matt Niskanen's shot from the blue line in the first period, deflected in by Brenden Morrow. I remember because they showed close-ups of Matt Niskanen, and I would never forget that. ;)

Also, grumble grumble grumble!! I'm trying not to be super depressed and angry and upset, but it's hard. What's with you guys and scoring tons of goals against us in like, a matter of minutes?

Kirsten March 22, 2008 at 8:44 PM  

NISKY! I missed a close up? Damnit.

Here is the video where Sam Gagner's dad calls him a really fast turtle.


He's really skinny...

CKim March 22, 2008 at 9:55 PM  

Cat - The Game Summary says that Daley shot it and I remember it was deflected twice... How can that beeeee? Too bad I already deleted it off my DVR. =/ But I'll take your word for it!

And I have NO IDEA why we do that!! I wish it was against the Ducks or Sharks. And, to be honest, I wish you guys had gotten some points. Maybe you should switch goalies in the second half of the 3rd. That might do something...??

Kirsten - ...that was...the greatest thing....ever...

But are you comparing him to a rower's build? Because, if so, then I agree. But I'm sure he's be a FANTASTIC lightweight!!! =D

Kirsten March 23, 2008 at 8:54 AM  

I know! Isn't it awesome? I love Gags. He had a pair of goals yesterday. His dad played for the North Stars, making him automatically cool.

This is true, he'd be a GREAT lightweight, tiny, but super strong looking, not to mention hard working. Maybe it's time for me to do some recruiting for the Willamette Crew team....great idea!

CKim March 23, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

Hmm, I'm not sure I was aware that his pops played for the North Stars. But that just added some brownie points!

He'd make a killer lightweight. Wait...the Edmonton site lists him at 191! He probably has a lot of hidden muscle underneath all his...other muscles.

Kirsten March 24, 2008 at 2:47 PM  

Yep, Dave Gagner played for the North Stars. My mom even remembers him.

191? Shit son! He must be hiding a lot of muscle somewhere. He probably has a big butt, being a hockey player and all. I would never have guessed that he weighs 191 pounds, but if he were under 160 he'd be a killer lightweight.

PS, ROB BLAKE! I :heart: him, and I love that picture/caption of him.

CKim March 24, 2008 at 6:38 PM  

To be a lightweight he'd have to either drop 30 pounds or become a heavy and gain 3 inches of height. =/ Maybe he could drop weight and hope the boat average helps him out a bit... no, too unhealthy.

You know who'd make a SICK heavy; Teddy Purcell: 190-ish, 6'3". What about on your team?

I heart you cuz you heart Rob Blake. =)

Kirsten March 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM  

He'd have to drop a lot of weight for the boat average to kick in even.

Rob Blake is so cool, even when he's destroying my team. I'm so jealous that you got to meet him. To make up for it I had to get my awesome Blake shirt. I was happy he didn't get traded before it even arrived.

I bet Mikko Koivu would be great, he's 6'2"-6'3"ish and 200 pounds...um, PM Bouchard might be able to make lightweight. Last time I checked he was something like 164. Looks like he's all the way up to 171 now.

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