Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The San Jose Sharks and my Kings battled it out on the ice last night and it was quite a battle. I went into the game not expecting a win; I just wanted a good fight out of my boys, which is exactly what I got. The Sharks came in with an ungodly record and I just sat back to watch whatever was going to unfold.
Surprisingly, the Kings only took two penalties, one of which was a fighting major. So they were shorthanded only once, but that proved to be just the thing the Sharks needed to get on the board. The Sharks went down plenty of times but the Kings couldn't convert any of them because those guys have these ridiculous penalty killing units. I was quite shocked actually. They were always a step ahead of the Kings, which was getting frustrating because there'd be times where the Kings would just struggle to get past the neutral zone! The shots on, hits, and faceoffs were virtually even, so there weren't really any complaints from me in that regard.
The scariest part of the game was when Erik Ersberg took himself out of the game about six minutes into the second period, and it was announced that Jason LaBarbera was in net. I felt we stood a fighting chance for the win with Ersberg in net, but once Barbs got between the pipes.... basically, all hope was lost for me. But the boys made it through regulation and the OT frame. The shootout...
I thought Wayne Simmonds had gotten an inordinate amount of time and THEN he was in the shootout. Where were Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown?? The shootout had Wayner, Patrick O'Sullivan, and Teddy Purcell. I could understand the latter two, but Simmonds? The game is basically falling on the shoulders of three guys and our top two players can't take the shot? It's the Sharks! C'mon man... In any case, we went away with one point, which is obviously better than none. So we'll go into tomorrow and go against the New York Rangers. I have no idea what that's gonna be like, so I'm definitely looking forward to it.
Last thing: get over booing Rob Blake. Yeah, you hate him, you think he abandoned the team, you think he's a traitor, but (then again) you could be completely wrong. So get over booing him. It gets old and honestly takes the arena's focus away from what's important, supporting the Kings in their efforts to try to get a win from one of the best teams in the NHL right now.