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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The Canucks were deserving losers. Period, full stop.
But the reason why conspiracy theories—i.e. the league wants the Kings to win—are floating around B.C. is because, by action if not words, the NHL commissioner has made it clear that U.S. Sunbelt markets are more important than markets in Canada.
That may be untrue and unfair, but rightfully or wrongfully, that is the impression Gary Bettman has cast in his nearly two decades as commissioner. The genie isn’t going back in the bottle at this late stage.
Canadians, and most certainly Canucks fans, who have sold out GM Place for 300-plus consecutive dates, have an insatiable appetite for hockey and aren’t going anywhere.
American fans, particularly those in big, southern cities where the game has little history and where there are plenty of other entertainment options, have shown that they can live fine and well without pucks. Look no further than the lockout.
from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
Henrik Sedin called it one of the worst calls he’s ever seen, and when a Sedin feels the need to speak out, you tend to listen. “It was a very, extremely bad call,” he added.
To make it, National Hockey League vice-president Mike Murphy seemed to alter the rulebook and when that happens you can’t help but take notice.
HNIC had Mike Murphy on after the game to discuss the no-goal call.
This time, the LA Kings come out with the victory, thanks to a Kopitar powerplay goal.
Andrew Alberts hit on Brad Richardson last night. Alberts received five for boarding and a game.
Will the NHL take further action?
Mikael Samuelsson, his second of the game, with the game winner.
Bob Miller sat down with Kings Vision to discuss the 09-10 Kings and their off-season mandate to win.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Dean Lombardi wasn’t exactly warned against becoming Kings general manager four years ago. But he wasn’t encouraged either.
His chief mentor, Flyers executive and Hall of Fame center Bobby Clarke, had the strongest words.
“He told me to be careful because he wasn’t sure whether they’d stick through what had to be done because of their reputation,” Lombardi said, referring to the Kings’ habit of ditching rebuilding plans, reversing course and getting nowhere.
After a long wait, the Kings have found their way back to the playoffs. They are the sixth-seeded team in the tough Western Conference and Thursday night play their first postseason game since 2002, facing the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks.
from Hannah Karp of the Wall Street Journal,
There’s a strange new bandwagon to jump on here, and it has nothing to do with Botox or tiny dogs or female directors or 10-day juice fasts in the desert. The flavor of the month is an oft-forgotten sports team with an underground, pasty-skinned, punk-rock following: hockey’s Los Angeles Kings.
For the first time since Wayne Gretzky skipped town in the 1990s, the Kings, long the laughingstock of the league, are actually good again. Led by a slew of young, wisely chosen draft picks including the NHL’s first Slovenian player, 22-year-old Anze Kopitar, and a 20-year-old Canadian named Drew Doughty, who’s been compared to legendary defenseman Bobby Orr, the Kings are headed to their first postseason in eight years.
thanks to LA Kings Insider for the pointer
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
With the Kings making the playoffs this season, and exceeding most reasonable expectations for how they would do in the regular season, I’m curious as to how you view this season. What, after the final game is played, will make you feel as though this season has been a success?
read on for the numerous responses from Kings fans…
from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,
The physical and emotional readiness of goaltender Jonathan Quick has become an issue for the Kings. He was rested for two games last week to work on his technique and give him a mental break, but he’s winless since his return after an overtime loss to the Ducks on Saturday and a no-decision against the Ducks on Tuesday in which he gave up three goals on eight shots and had to watch the Kings’ rally from the bench.
Quick was scheduled to start against the Coyotes on Thursday at Staples Center, his seventh attempt at winning his 40th game of the season. He has two no-decisions, three regulation losses and an overtime loss since his last win, March 22 against Colorado.
Coach Terry Murray has been adamant that Quick is his No. 1 goalie and that Quick is fine with a heavy workload. But a look at the NHL’s 10 busiest goalies finds that Quick, who has gone from 2,494 minutes on ice last season to 4,128:52 before Thursday’s game, is the youngest goalie in that group. Which makes it reasonable to wonder if, as he finishes his first full NHL season, he has had enough experience to smoothly handle this kind of jump.
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