If you’ve yet to see Keith and Chris’ post-game analysis of Game 6 on Episode 106 of ‘Overtime‘, don’t get left out. You can watch here or simply click on the screen-shot below. Both of those options are pretty simple, though, so it’s your preference on how to approach them.
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To most, they weren’t even considered to have a chance, yet the Kings lost this series themselves. It’s saddening, it’s heartbreaking, and it happened in the worst way it possibly could have. To be positive, I can now try and have some sort of life, but those are overrated and filled with too much stupid sh*t anyway. Today I found myself not entrenched with feelings of anger and disgust, but a serious appreciation for how this team finished the season. Anze Kopitar‘s broken ankle didn’t do any damage to the mental capacity of this roster, that’s what’s so great about it. They kept moving, and locked up a playoff position in a heavily saturated group of contenders vying for postseason play in the Western Conference. This, they did without Justin Williams as well, respect is given where it’s due, there’s a tough team here folks. The playoff matchup with the San Jose Sharks looked like an uphill battle from the start. I predicted the Sharks in 6 games, but if two bounces take different routes, the Kings very well could still be playing hockey. Three overtime losses, and the failure to hold a four-goal lead on home-ice. That’s not gonna do it, but it certainly was close.
What’s wrong with this picture? Not only did it happen in the harshest, most absolute worst way possible, but look at the staff on-hand for first-person experience…
The heads were down, but it’s hands-down when we’re talking top defensive defensemen on this roster – Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi. And poor Jonathan Quick – who was magnificent. Yet, a funky bounce finds Joe Thornton’s stick like it had a directed GPS System and this thing’s over. Done.
Actually, a good friend of my mine saw Jonathan Quick without his uniform on the other day and was lucky enough to snap a picture.
Good side or bad side? Tough call.
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The summer awaits us, a time that seems more refreshing by the minute. An 82-game regular season and a chunk of playoff contests can get to the head. Everyone needs a break, time for things to slow down a bit. Before you know it, El Segundo will be in full-swing in just four months for training camp. There are a few players with expired contracts who will be dealt with, a blockbuster-type deal that I could see coming, and the draft. Talking about any of that would take us to overload central, my mind can’t take much more right now.
Thanks for Attention Deficit Disorder
I figure that’s the only reason my blog gets traffic, anyway.
And no, I didn’t photo-shop that. I know.
But really, I want to thank everyone for the readership. I really do appreciate it, and I enjoy working to put together decent content for Kings fans to enjoy. Whether it’s for a quick moment, or something that sticks with you for the day, I enjoy sharing my thoughts and opinions with you. Even though I’m a dislocated fan for the time-being, the strength this team’s community exudes is just about the best I’ve ever been a part of. Special thank you’s to:
Keith Korneluk and Chris Kaliszewski: Happy to meet you guys on the Wilshire/Western Purple Line two years ago, and even more happy to have developed a steady partnership. ‘Overtime’ is quite possibly the best independent analysis in the entire NHL, the fan-base is lucky to have such coverage.
Jonathan Moncrief of the LA Examiner: Jon took me under his wing earlier during the season, and even asked for permission to grant me into the Staples Center Press Box so I could shadow him. It didn’t work out, but his effort was satisfying enough. We were able to catch a couple of Kings practices together, he included me as best he could, much appreciated. He went above and beyond in providing me with advice and guidance. Look for an in-depth interview I had with LA Kings reporter Jonathan Moncrief in the coming weeks right here on ‘Dancing in the Reign‘ on KingsCast.net. Thank you, Jon.
Meg Jarrell of LA KingsCourt: Thank you for the free-use of your photography, for the sharing of my content, and for your ability to satisfy my social-network fix of LA Kings news and media in a matter of minutes.
‘MayorsManor‘, ‘The Royal Half‘, ‘Surly&Scribe‘, ‘DieHard Los Angeles Kings‘, and of course Rich Hammond of ‘LA Kings Insider‘ – Just for some damn good coverage.
Tender Loving Care
He was at the Hospital for his ankle, I was there because the Kings are retiring the uniform Kopitar’s donning here. They’re shedding these for some lame white concept of the current third jersey. I hate that template and design. I’ve tried to like them, because I know our wardrobe is going to hell, but it’s almost impossible. Put these new concepts next to ‘Bland’ in the dictionary.
That’s it for now. I’ll be back periodically throughout the off-season, including some pretty good stuff in the coming weeks. Look out for notes on Kings’ free-agents, an exclusive interview with LA Kings reporter and journalist Jonathan Moncrief of the LA Examiner, and honest coverage of other news and notes to come out of Los Angeles Kings camp this summer. Goodnight, and good luck.