Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kings vs Stars: Quick Is THE Star of The Game!

Coming into last night's game, the Dallas Stars held the best record in the Pacific with a 6-1 start. Brad Richards was gone, but the Kings still had plenty to worry about with a lineup including Steve Ott, Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribiero. So in a way, this was the first real conference and division test for the Kings after facing mostly Eastern conference teams to start the season.

Dallas came at us with a hard and physical game and the Kings definitely didn't have control over possession like the last couple of games. But Jack Johnson was once again our savior (did I actually just write that?) and unloaded an absolute BOMB of a shot to give the Kings the 1-0 win in the 3rd period. IN REGULATION. IN FRONT OF ANOTHER SELL OUT CROWD! How can this possibly get better?

It gets better because of THIS GUY.

Jonathan Quick has been the Kings goal tending Jesus the last couple of seasons, but now that he has a legitimate team in front of him, he's approaching GOD status. He did not have an easy night in front of the Star by any means, yet he earned his 3rd straight shut out of the season, setting a franchise record and cementing his place in the hearts of every Kings fan who has watched his career blossom. When he was announced as the Number 1 Star of the Game, the applause was quite simply deafening -- and completely deserved.

With the win, the Kings improve their record to 5-1-1, good for 4th place in the Western Conference. Who's #1? Still the Dallas Stars. The West will be tight again this season and we've got work ahead of us. but the Kings are off to a banging start -- and all without Drew Doughty. It's only going to get better!

Here are a few other quick hits from The Queen's view of the game!

  • If this drum group is gonna be a regular pre-game thing, someone needs to get them better Kings gear to wear.
  • "Moves Like Jagger" was included in the Kings warm up music. Perhaps by special request from Quickie?
  • The special law enforcement jerseys the Kings warned up in looked AWESOME! There were only 3 on silent auction last night and the others are supposed to be available for bids online. I haven't seen anything on the Kings site as of this posting, but I'll pass along information when I get it.
  • The Robot puck drop was...interesting. I would love to know what Dustin Brown was thinking about that one!
  • Who remembers this day 2 years ago? I do! I couldn't talk for 2 days.
  • Putting a member of the visiting team on the "Bubble Cam" should happen at every game.
  • Mike Richards not only has skills -- he's a beast. We love him.
  • With about 7 minutes left, Penner had a great takeaway and drive to the net. We need THAT Dustin Penner to show up every game.
  • Congrats to Rob Scuderi. By the looks of his missus, they're having another baby this season!

The Kings next challenge is a second contest against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. It's the perfect occasion to avenge our overtime loss in Newark two weeks ago, so be prepared to BRING IT ON!


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