Oh, Captain. My Captain. Kings 3, Stars 2 (SO)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Dallas Stars came to Staples for the first time this season, which marked the end of a 7-game home stand for the Kings. This game started out on a good note, but I was a bit afraid that it was going to slowly take a downfall for the Kings. They came out of the gates at a good pace getting 11 shots on to Dallas' 8, but the Stars were the ones that stepped up their game. They got their heads' screwed on straight and made this game interesting.

Dustin Brown had a monster game. He tallied a goal, got 20:27 of TOI, had a team-high of 5 shots on, and another team-high of 6 hits. His most notable hits were (1) placing Stephan Robidas ever so gently into the Kings bench, and (2) putting Mike Ribeiro into the boards. (Note: Please see FSN's telecast of Jim Fox's breakdown of this clean hit.) Brownie left the game with a minute left in the game, and the Kings were left with a 3-minute PK to deal with that spilled into overtime. I absolutely loved Brenden Morrow coming over and fighting Brownie. Captain versus captain. Badass against badass. You really couldn't have asked for a better matchup in that situation.

(Noah Graham/Getty Images)
What the hell, Fro?! You're cheating on me with Avery?? UGH!

With everyone gushing over Drew Doughty, I feel I need to add to it. He can't be 18 years old; he just can't. He looks so good out there and he's working so well with Sean O'Donnell that he couldn't have been playing with teenage boys a few months ago. That being said, with the way this boy is playing, there is not enough adoration being sent his way. We Kings fans can get on our knees and thank the Defensive Hockey Gods for sending him our way, but that's not going to get his name out there any faster. It's too bad that he has to get points in order to get some national attention, but that's okay! His job is to help the Kings get better and, on a nightly basis, he's not disappointing. Gush, gush, gush.

Erik Ersberg gets another win putting the Kings on a 3-game winning streak. I would be shocked if Jason LaBarbera got put back in net for the next game. There really is no reason for a goalie switch right now. Ersberg is doing well and he's getting great support from the rest of the team. The team that's on the ice right now is not the team that was there last season. I'm not talking about the names on the roster. I'm talking about the work ethic and desire to work as a team. They're the fundamentals of the game and they had been non-existent. I can't say enough about how happy I am to see my boys having their shit together on a nightly basis.

But, one certain defenseman did NOT have his ish together. Denis Gauthier. Really, dude, can you stop having defensive lapses? I'm not understanding why Terry Murray thinks Tom Preissing is a defensive liability when YOU'RE the one that's mishandling the puck at the most inopportune times!! Yeah, you can hit, but you need to work on the passing. One of those pesky fundamentals, right?

The game's goals all came in the first half of the game with three (3) in the first period alone. The backhalf of the game saw the Kings on their heels doing what they could to stave off the Stars. I'm pretty sure the Kings had zero (0!) shots on net in the latter half of the third period and all of the OT frame. What's up with that? Seriously. How can you get a win with no shots on net? Answer: the shootout.

This marked the longest shootout of the season so far going five (5) rounds. The first three shooters were Patrick O'Sullivan, Wayne Simmonds, and Anze Kopitar. Sully, please get another shootout move. Marty Turco knows exactly what you're going to do; he's not an idiot. Simmonds scored on a beauty of a backhand and Kopi was blocked. The fourth round saw Doughty, but he got super fancy with the puck and wasn't able to get a decent shot off. No matter, Alexander Frolov brought home the bacon with his shot and the Stars left LA with only one point. Thursday the Kings face the Stars again, this time at the American Airlines Center. Fingers crossed.

P.S. Hey, Dallas fans. Why are you paying Sean Avery so much money again?


violator November 12, 2008 at 8:25 AM  

Does Ivanans receive a lot of ice time in your opinion?

Connie November 12, 2008 at 9:48 AM  

That’s a good question. Right now, I’d say yes because he does have a specific role on the team and his offensive upside is limited. Lately he’s been getting a lot more; close to the 10-minute mark when it’s usually been closer to five minutes a night. Last night he had 8:24, which I think is actually perfect for him. He had enough time to patrol a bit and provide his usual forechecking support. Others would argue that he shouldn’t get more than 5 minutes, but I think that’d be a waste.

KQ949 November 12, 2008 at 10:14 AM  

Come on Connie...leave my Seany alone! He was relatively quiet and tame last night and was enjoying a few laughs with his buddy Fro. Don't blame Seany for Dallas being stupid enough to pay him. The man has taken marginal talent and is making millions. Not too bad for a dumb guy! lol

Any-who...I did notice they have my Raitis out when Seany was on the ice....just in case.

Ersberg makes me happy. Donut makes me happy. My sucky, Gauthier...not so much! I'm liking that we are scoring first these last few games. I love Army, but missed Moeller last night. Hope his wittle tummy feels better!

KQ949 November 12, 2008 at 10:21 AM  

Forgot to add that "Sucky" Gauthier sounds like a Muppet when he talks! Another reason to hate him!

Connie November 12, 2008 at 10:30 AM  

I didn’t notice Avery at all! I’m really glad that Moller wasn’t out with an injury. He’ll be back in no time. A Muppet; that’s funny. I just thought he sounded like a stereotypical Canadian. =P

elise November 12, 2008 at 6:29 PM  

1. Avery is annoying.
2. Keith Carney is to Brent Burns as Sean O'Donnell will be to Drew Doughty...?

Gann Matsuda November 13, 2008 at 2:04 AM  

Terry Murray is trying to play four lines much more now than he was over the first 5-7 games, so you're going to see fourth line players like Ivanans get more ice time than you're probably used to.

Connie November 13, 2008 at 5:39 AM  

Elise - Hmm, I hardly know anything about Carney so you'd be the better judge of that.

Gann - I've been pretty happy with Terry Murray, so I'm not complaining. =)

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