My last game review talked about the insanity of doing the same things over and over expecting a different result. Tonight some sanity returned to the Kings. The patented TM Line Blender came out. Pre-game warm-up routines and on-ice entrances changed. I even changed MY game routine and skipped my Wetzel's butter and salt pretzel. Lo and behold, the Kings looked better!
In truth, none of those things were really the difference maker in tonight's game. The difference was WORK. HARD WORK. Play like the Kings got from Dustin Brown and Slava Voynov on the disallowed goal was the difference. That grind it out and battle for every puck attitude -- that level of "compete" as Coach Murray calls it -- was the difference. If the Kings can bring that attitude every night, this team will continue to win games.
- Jonathan Quick deserves the most enormous kudos possible! He was INCREDIBLE tonight and more than earned his #1 Star of the Night, appearing in his 200th NHL game and earning his 4th shut out of the season. He is our honey badger.
- Ethan Moreau took a major step towards redeeming himself by scoring the first goal of the game and his first as a King tonight. He even did it unassisted. I'm still not sold, but you have my attention. Keep this kind of play up and all will be forgiven -- eventually.
- The Kings left the castle doors closed tonight and came out from the bench. Coincidence that we won after changing up the entrance? Maybe, maybe not. I'll be interested to see what they do at the next game.
- A vocal group called Committed sang the National Anthem in six part harmony. It was a nice change of pace from our normally bombastic anthem signers. No offense to Davis Gaines, but I was desperately in need of a musical palette cleanser.
- Mikael Handzus was scratched from Sharks the lineup, which was sad and happy at the same time. Even though the Kings not re-signing him after last season was a forgone conclusion, he brought smarts and skill to Terry Murray's defense first system. I wasn't looking forward to playing against him.
- I know some of you folks like to chant the opposing team goalie's name to get them rattled. But starting that chant in the first period when we're only leading by ONE GOAL is asking for trouble. Stop already.
|Chanting with Cartman is OK, though.|
- Sometimes zebras really ARE blind. Even I saw that too many men penalty coming. I guess all the Kings players are still remembering which line they're on.
- Terry Murray lives to fight another day.
GO KINGS GO!