Dancing in the Reign: SJ game strictly points, not division rivalry; Tongue-flop FAIL
Forget the rivalry, it’s about the 2 points on Tuesday night:
Back on their feet after two solid victories, the Kings host San Jose tomorrow night at Staples Center. Now, I haven’t completely given up hope on a push for the Pacific Division; but 13 points out, it’s not something to worry about right now; and I’m sure I’m not alone. In fact, I could go as far as saying I don’t even care. Let San Jose run the table for 82 games and re-introduce Joe Choke and Patrick
Marleu NoShow to a first-round farewell. It’s all about just keeping that 8th spot in the Western, climb up the standings and separate from the edge of the cliff. Two more games at Staples then Los Angeles heads out for the rest of the month for a 5 game roady; a very important 4 points faces the team this week.
It was a 1:00pm-er on Saturday so I fully expected a barrage of “hungover” shouts from the seats. Oh, jeez did I get my fill. “Hey Randy, what are you HUNGOVER OR SOMETHING?!?!” Looks over to his buddies for shit-talk approval. “Hey Fro, long night out at the bars? What are you HUNGOVER?!?!” Jesus. I’ll stop there. At least the guy showed some fire unlike the majority of the crowds at the matinees downtown. But if I were to rate Frolov’s play along the lines of the yap-show I sat near on Saturday, Fro was shit-cocked hammered. Now, I’m surprised how little spark there is to the Frolov trade rumors. Granted he has 30 points, but the strictly average intensity he brings every night coupled with the non-existing passion in his game-play is just not along the lines with where this young team is going. I just don’t see him fitting in with the future here. Plain and simple. I don’t have to rot your brains with hockey sense to figure this one out. Simple as that. You see it with the rest of the guys, and something’s not clicking here with #24.
The PP didn’t look bad, but nothing was produced offensively. The Kings seemed to stray away from trying to control the puck down low; behind the goal line. They rarely cycled the puck and heavily depended on utilizing the points and the man on the sideboards. Boston did a great job of cutting off the lanes from the top of the zone to prevent clear shots to the net and passes cross-ice through the slot. Jarret tee’d off from the point on the 5-3 advantage rapid-fire NHL skills comp. like, but no traffic in front of the net to disrupt or redirect the puck.
I’m in love with the Richardson-Stoll-Parse line. You’ve got a proven winner in the face-off circle along with two youngsters who just absolutely work their tails off on both ends of the ice. Rarely do you notice an NHL’ers effort as much as you do with Scott and Richy. I’d like to see Terry Murray keep Stolly leading these two for a little while longer.
Tongue Flop Fail:
Let’s change the pace a little here. If you’re about uniform aesthetics like I am, and love the game of hockey, you know that going tongues down is downright fucking animal status. Well, as I was watching the Bruins go through their skating lessons in warm-ups on Saturday, I couldn’t help but notice something odd about Daniel Paille. My eyes were fixated on something I’ve never seen before. Paille was going right-skate tongue flop, and left-skate shinny pad overlap with the heel out. WHAT?!? Never have I seen this before in my life. I snagged a few photos myself, but the camera has been acting up on the computer. So, I caught a photo of Paille in Boston’s most recent game against Ottawa, and whadd’ya know? FLOP FAIL confirmed. While we’re on the subject…