Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings controls the puck during the first period

Angry All Summer

It wasn’t just a slow start. It was practically no start at all that the LA Kings got off to on Friday night with their season on the line. The reasons? The non-conspiracy types might have said that it was the ...
Defenseman Brent Burns (#88) of the San Jose Sharks during the warm-ups

Do You Recognize (an) Offense?

Drew Doughty said a few weeks ago that the Kings know how to play a certain way and can do it consistently since they’ve been at it a long while. What was he talking about? The confident, defensively excellent ...
Goalie Pekka Rinne (#35) of the Nashville Predators

Forecheck? Check!

The stories going into the Nashville-Anaheim series: could the Ducks keep the two Nashville powerhouse D-men, Shea Weber and Roman Josi, off the board? Would their goalie, John Gibson, be better than Nashville’...
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Just a Little Inconsistent

The Kings were better than the Ducks in period one of their game Monday night at Staples Center. They outshot the Anaheim team 9-5 in the first, a reflection of the fact that they had the puck most of the time....
Goalie Kari Lehtonen (#32) of the Dallas Stars

Great Playoff Preparation

Dallas is a bit of a scrappy team. They hack at the other side’s goalie. They aren’t afraid to get in his face, even knock him down. That was evident from early on in the Saturday afternoon tilt of the Stars an...
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Rangers Call Interference

Don’t count out the New York Rangers. That’s the message that they sent without even having to say it on Thursday night versus LA. They had come off a night-prior 2-1 win in Anaheim, and thus ought to have been...
Goalie Keith Kinkaid (#1) of the New Jersey Devils during the third period

Kinkaid Chills Kings

The LA Kings should have been energized entering their Saturday evening game against New Jersey. The Devils aren’t playing all that well, sitting seventh in their conference and fifth in the East’s wildcard rac...
Center Rickard Rakell (#67) of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck during the third period

Rickie goes Ralphie on a Guy

I am sure I’ve referenced the following scene before: Scut Farcas terrorizes his school. His crummy little toadie, Grover Dill, can be counted on to do the same. One day, they throw a snowball at “four-eyes” Ra...
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Hey, Equipment Gods!

The Habs actually held the Ducks close on Wednesday before losing in the shootout, and then they got in a bus, got on the 5, and landed in LA. There, they scratched a guy (Sven Andrighetto) and swapped a goalie...
Goalie Mike Condon (#39) of the Montreal Canadiens makes a glove save during the third period

Like Any Old Team

Maybe it’s just me, but when I watch Montreal play hockey, I want the names on the sweaters to be the history-making ones. I want Lafleur, Robinson, Dryden. I know it can’t be that way, but come on: today’s Mon...