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“Still, it amazes me that’s what they call it – the penalty box. Like, what is that, the ‘penalty box?’ They should take the penalty box out, because you think about how much time there actually is sitting in the penalty box now, it’s about 12 minutes total a game, right? 12 minutes. It used to be they had a guy with a suit, and if you got a penalty, and you got a penalty, that guy sat between you, right? Now they have two boxes. You go to the box. It’s like Steve McQueen, right? They should sell those seats…there are so few penalties now. Why don’t they just say, ‘OK, you’ve got to sit on the bench,’ or, ‘You’ve got to sit on their bench for two minutes.’ I don’t get that. They’ve got like four guys sitting over there, and room for like six other people to sit. They’re the best seats in the house, right at center ice. Like, if it was a football game, then that’s the best seat. I don’t get that [any] more. Really, it’s like a three-penalty-team a game now. Why do they that make that deal? Why do they get that big place for there? When I was coaching Brett in novice when he was little back home, and he’d get penalties, I’d go, ‘Brett, you’re little. Why do you go over there and sit? Why do you want to go there?’ He says, ‘I can see better from there.’ [Reporter: How old was he?] He was just little. It makes sense, right? He could see better.”
“When you think about it, I’m probably right for once.”
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on the penalty box,. Via Jon Rosen of LAKingsinder.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The mail bag is loaded with questions as to how the Los Angeles Kings' third goal in their 6-0 win over Montreal on Tuesday could possibly have been allow to stand after Kyle Clifford backed into Habs goalie Carey Price deep in his goal crease. As my colleague Ray Ferraro said on the TSN broadcast, "Oh, I can't believe there are going to allow this goal...In my opinion, this is as 'goaltender interference penalty' as you'll find!"
I couldn't agree more with Ray's accurate assessment of this play.
What troubles me most, beyond the tremendous inconsistency we see in calling goalkeeper interference, is that Referee Kevin Pollock had an unobstructed view from a stationery position in the corner closest to Kyle Clifford and Carey Price. The clear sightline gained in advance by the referee, as the Kings attacked the Montreal goal, should have made it easy to wave off Alec Martinez's first goal of the season and assess a penalty to Clifford for goalkeeper interference!
continued and watch the goal below...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Doughty is one of the primary reasons why they’re as good as they are. One could convincingly argue that he is the least-known great Canadian player in the NHL, someone who plays on the U.S. West Coast and is not much given to talk about himself.
Among NHL defencemen, Doughty – who turned 24 this past Sunday – may have the best hockey instincts of any player currently playing the game. He is a hockey savant, who naturally and instinctively plays the game without fear, the only way to have the impact he does. On average, Doughty plays about four minutes more per night than any other member of the Kings and eats up penalty-killing minutes as well as power-play time.
He is a light-hearted personality off the ice, and popular with his teammates because he has a bit of a goofy streak. But on the ice, is all business. Steve Yzerman, Canada’s Olympic team GM, saw that early and put him on the Olympic team as a 20-year-old back in 2010 and Doughty rewarded that decision by playing big, effective minutes alongside the Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith. They figure to be the key defence pair again in Sochi, when Canada tries to defend the gold medal they won in Vancouver this coming February.
What do you think?
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Scrivens lost his first game in regulation in nine starts on Saturday when he lost an edge and fell on a short-handed goal and then the Calgary Flames’ Mike Cammalleri was left alone in the last 25 seconds to tuck the puck in, but stuff happens.
He was supposed to be a caddy for Quick, playing every fourth game or so. But he’s got a 1.52 goals-against average and .944 save percentage and he’s playing every night, with two Shakespearean quotes on his mask — one from MacBeth, the other from King Lear. Both are famous kings in literature, of course, and Scrivens has a painted quill on top of his head gear for an added touch..
The eclectic goalie can’t keep up with all the media calls for his time, which eats into his current reading — a physics book, The Elegant Universe: Hidden Strings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene and The Self-Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity by Bruce Hood.
He has also read Ken Dryden’s wonderful book, The Game, too, because the goalie (along with fellow Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk) is the most illustrious hockey alumnus of Cornell University, where Scrivens went to school.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Maik,
New Jersey was better in the third and it was 1-1 heading into overtime, when Jagr produced the game winner, a milestone on two important fronts. It was the 690th goal of Jagr’s illustrious NHL career, which tied him for ninth on the all-time goal-scoring list with his former boss and teammate in Pittsburgh, Mario Lemieux. It was also the 121st game-winning goal of Jagr’s career, which tied him with Gordie Howe for the most in history.
Jagr is now 41, in his 20th NHL season, and would have broken these marks long ago if he hadn’t left the NHL to go to Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League for three years. Since then, he’s been something of a hockey nomad – spending a year with the Philadelphia Flyers, then dividing time between the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins last year and now with the Devils as the de facto replacement for Ilya Kovalchuk, who left to go back to Russia last summer.
Jagr has a sort of mythical presence among players and no one is ever quite sure what to make of him, until they play with him. Then, the wows start.
(Cory) Schneider was like that too.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” acknowledged Schneider. “He’s come in here and done nothing but work hard and set a great example. He’s positive, really builds guys up, whether they’re having a tough time. Sometimes, you might be afraid to play with a guy like that, but he’s the exact opposite. He makes you feel like a better player and he makes guys better around him.”
Below, scroll to the 2 minute mark to watch Jagr's OT goal or start from the beginning to see 3-on-3 hockey for the first two minutes of OT.
No penalty on the hit and Harrold did skate off.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The Kings considered goaltender Ben Scrivens almost a throw-in when they acquired him from Toronto last June, with winger Matt Frattin and a second-round draft pick, for goalie Jonathan Bernier. Kings executives liked Frattin but were so unsure about Scrivens' ability to capably back u pJonathan Quick that they invited veteran Mathieu Garon to compete for the job in training camp.
Frattin, supposedly the Kings' prize, has been a disappointment. Scrivens, the afterthought, has been thrust into the starting role with the monumental task of keeping the Kings' playoff hopes alive while Quick recovers from a groin injury.
Scrivens got off to a promising beginning Thursday, making 23 saves as the Kings rallied for a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Uniondale, N.Y. But they face a perilous road without Quick, the most valuable player in their 2012 Stanley Cup run and still their foundation.
The muscle strain Quick sustained Tuesday was diagnosed as Grade 2 in severity, meaning he won't need surgery but will be out an estimated four to six weeks. That's a tough blow to a team trying to crack the top eight in the West without scorer Jeff Carter (foot), defenseman Matt Greene (upper-body injury), winger Kyle Clifford (head) and third-line center Jarret Stoll (upper body).
Note, Miguel Cabrera had a grade 2-3 strain and had surgery recently to repair the injury. A grade 2 strain is partial tearing of muscle fibers.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Back surgery put Kings defenseman Matt Greene out for almost all of last season, and now he is expected to miss a significant period of time with an unrelated issue, an upper-body injury.
The Kings were preparing paperwork on Wednesday to put Greene on long-term injured reserve, General Manager Dean Lombardi said in an interview. That mechanism is designed to give the team salary cap relief and opens up a roster spot....
Quick, who was injured late in overtime against the Sabres, is heading back to Los Angeles for evaluation, including an MRI examination.Lombardi was not sure if the injury was to Quick’s groin. Of course, everything is speculation until the test results come back.
“We’re not going to know until the MRI,” Lombardi said. “Obviously, it didn’t look good. The trainers told me walking out [last night] it was not good. They don’t know until they get in there and find out what it is ... nobody knows.”
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